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Alice B
6900 McGraw
(Southwest Detroit)
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Support us expanding our tool library and doing more home repair projects

the project

Unity in Our Community TimeBank is a network of neighbors, local businesses, and community organizations that is creating a better world through relationships based on need and reciprocity, rather than profit.  A community of members who exchange services and skills without exchanging money, we were founded in 2009 to help strengthen neighborhood connections in our diverse Southwest Detroit community.

Since 2009 our 760 members have exchanged more than 28,000 hours of service, filling each other's needs from carpentry to rides to the doctor, pet sitting, housework, and more. TimeBanking allows people to access services they may not be able to afford, while also giving them a greater sense of the worth of their own time. The TimeBank acts as a matchmaker, bringing together those who have skills—or simply time—with those who need them. It records and honors the time spent doing traditionally unpaid work. When a member spends an hour doing something for someone in the community, s/he earns an hour that can be spent to take a class, attend a workshop, or have someone else perform a service for her. Our database/website lists the offers and requests that everyone is making and keeps track of hours. We also build social connections and solidarity through multicultural cooking classes, social events, and workshops.

Over the past 3 years we have grown a lot, thanks in large part to going from an all volunteer organization to having part time staff. Our paid coordinator helps us put on events, work on special projects, connect with other organizations, and broker exchanges. The unrestricted funding from this campaign will help us to pay our basic operating expenses, including a base level of staff time, so we can spend our time concentrating on connecting neighbors.

In our first year with a staff person we more than doubled the number of exchanges between members, increased the number of people receiving services by 96%, and increased the number of people providing services by 37%. The stability from this fundraiser can help us to accomplish similar goals in the next year.

the steps

This funding will allow us to keep our part time staff person and continue some of our most successful events over the next year. These include our Annual Skill Share Fair, fall trip to an apple orchard, 3-4 cooking classes in collaboration with Welcoming Michigan, monthly Family Game Night, and monthly Happy Hour.

We will also be able to work with other neighborhood organizations to bring the tool of TimeBanking to the work they are doing. 

Finally, we'll be connecting our members and facilitate service exchanges. Most important and time consuming is reaching out to members who may have difficulty using the TimeBank due to unfamiliarity or lack of access to technology, lack of transportation, language barriers, or other challenges.

why we're doing it

Too often when charities and non-profits try to address problems in our neighborhood they concentrate on what is lacking, this sets up toxic relationship where the people in our neighborhood are only seen as "takers" rather than valuable assets. TimeBanking addresses problems of poverty and disempowerment of marginalized communities by changing the conversation. As opposed to asking what is lacking in our communities we concentrate on what skills, talents, and resources are already present and how we can connect those assets to needs. Our money economy fails to value the important work of building community, establishing relationships, caring for children and seniors, and helping neighbors.


Disbursed budget 12.17.18:



RAISED = $2,991.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $86.10


Updated budget 11.19.18

SUBTOTAL = 6,150
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $185

Updated Budget 10.22.18

$10,000 - These will be unrestricted funds to help with basic operating expense for our TimeBank. The majority will go towards staff time to plan events, work with members to match their needs with other member's skills, do outreach to the community, and help with special projects.

$1,850 - less donations received through other channels

Subtotal = $8,150
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3% $245
Total to raise = $8,430

Original Budget

These will be unrestricted funds to help with basic operating expense for our TimeBank. The majority will go towards staff time to plan events, work with members to match their needs with other member's skills, do outreach to the community, and help with special projects.


Project Subtotal                           $10,000.00

ioby Platform fee:                               $35.00

ioby payment proceessing fee(3%)  $300.00

Project Total:                                $10,335.00  


Support us expanding our tool library and doing more home repair projects

Hello supporters from our 2018 crowdfunding campaign. We have been able to do a lot of great work this past year with your support. In fact we have reached our 10th year of TimeBanking and we would love to have you celebrate with us on Saturday November 9 from 6-10 PM at Plaza del Sol (3041 W Vernor Hwy).

We also have a new Crowdfunding campaign we are working on. You can check it out here: The upshot is that home repairs are some of our most desired and unmet requests in the TimeBank and we want to pull together some more resources to meet that need. Check out the link for more details.


Thanks to everyone who donated to this campaign. We are in the process of closing out this crowdfunding campaign and are so thankful for everyone who contributed to the TimeBank's continued success. We are about to enter the year of our 10th Anniversary and we know it will be our best year ever, thanks to our community's support. Stay tuned for other opportunities to be involved- including:

On January 5 come celebrate Jennie “Super TimeBanker” Weakley’s 40th Birthday at Abick’s (3500 Gilbert St) from 7-11 PM. Guest Bartenders include Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez and Les Knott. All tips will go to a fundraiser for the TimeBank. Food provided by Sister’s on a Roll Cafe

Final push for Giving Tuesday

It's been a busy month for the TimeBank. We had a clothing swap the 2nd weekend of the month, with 30 people attending and hundreds of pieces of clothing going to places where they will be used and love. Then last Friday we had a great cooking class with Rosebud Schneider of American Indian Health and Family Services. She taught us how to make Wild Rice Stuffing and we talked about Thanksgiving, colonialism, native foods, education, violence, and creating better narratives.

We'll be closing out November with our monthly game night, Happy Hour, and GIVING TUESDAY! With off line donations we are past our 50% mark, but we are planning to make a final push to complete this campaign before the holiday season gets too crazy.

Your donations will help us to fulfill our goals this winter. We'll have an ornament decorating party, shovel our neighbors snow, and prepare for our 10 year Anniversary in fall 2019. This funding will allow us to plan through that anniversary and beyond.

Get us to 50%!

With cash and check donations from a fundraiser party this weekend we have raised a total of $3920 (amount to be reflected on this page soon). That means we are only $1200 away from the half way point. We'd love to get there by the end of the week to set us up well to get the other half in our last month.

One of the things this money goes to is supplies and equipment for group work days. In this Bloomberg article you can read about an emergency work day we organized for the Ali Family. To bring this sort of thing together on short notice we needed money for trash bags, dust masks, and gloves. Donating to this fundraising campaigns ensures we can provide that support moving forward. Consider donating $100 and asking 5 friends to donate today.

10 friends for 10%

With cash and check donations we've passed the 10% mark for our fundraiser! We're asking everyone we know to donate to our campaign and also ask 10 friends to do the same. 

October is a busy month for us. For the past few years we've carpooled to Apple Charlies Cider Mill for an afternoon of outside fun. This event is great but it takes time to and resources to advertise and organize the carpool to be sure everyone can get there. We also make sure we have funds to buy cider and donuts, plus give gas money to those who drive.

Then we'll have a pumpkin carving party the week after.

You and 10 friends can make sure we're able to do these events next year as well. Donate today and ask your friends to do the same.


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