Core Values

The Ferndale TimeBank was established to develop, support, and promote a caring community based on reciprocity by providing a networking system for local residents.

We are a member of the national network Timebanks USA, which is based on four fundamental tenets:

  1. Assets: Everyone has capacity to be a contributor to the well-being of others in their community.
  2. Work: Those who carry out the really essential activities (such as bringing up healthy children, helping to keep their communities safe and caring for those around them who are more vulnerable) need to be validated and rewarded in some way for the vital work that they do.
  3. Reciprocity: We need each other. Giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of positive social relationships and healthy communities.
  4. Social Capital: Belonging to a mutually supportive and secure social network brings more meaning to our lives and new opportunities to rebuild our trust in one another.