'Time-banking' slowly gains ground in Delaware Valley

Kim Glovas
November 11, 2019 - 4:30 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A unique service is slowly growing in the Delaware Valley. At its heart is the idea of sharing what you love to do with others who do the same.

It's called the Good Neighbors Time Bank, and it's run by Kencrest, which provides support to people with developmental disabilities. The time bank, however, is open to everyone. 

Kencrest's Allison Smale loves to cook. What has she received in exchange?

"I have gotten rides to the airport," she said. "For someone living in Pottstown, driving to the Philadelphia Airport is kind of a bummer, and through time-banking I can get a ride to the airport without calling an Uber."

Time banks allow members to exchange their time and personal abilities to meet one another's needs. Diana Baldi is president of the Phoenixville Area Time Bank, which has been around since 2004 and has 160 members. 

"We can do one-on-one, where one person is helping another person, or we have other organizational partners that are other non-profits," Baldi explained.

Members can offer house painting, small repairs, computer support and yard cleanup, among other services.

Time banks operate in the six-county Philadelphia metro area. But Smale says these are just getting started.