Your membership in the Vashon Island Time Exchange means that you agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and you agree to the Liability Agreement below.
Code of Ethics
As a Vashon Island Time Exchange (VITE) member, I agree:
To a VITE Coordinator checking references listed on my application;
To seek out, via VITE, offers from members that appeal to me;
To respond to communications from other members within 72 hours when possible, even if I need to decline a request;
To maintain at least one service offer in the Time Exchange database; I understand that I am not obligated to provide that service when requested and I can say “no” at any time with a simple “Sorry, that won’t work out for me.”;
To clarify all details of a time transaction before meeting with the other member involved in the time exchange;
To respect my fellow time exchange member’s privacy and confidentiality;
To recognize that my service is voluntary;
To respect my fellow time exchange member’s home, property, and valuables;
To not smoke in or bring pets to my fellow time exchange member’s home, unless invited to do so;
To not provide any “hands-on” personal care such as giving medicine, baths, lifting, or cutting nails;
To take all necessary precautions of preventing transmission of illness including COVID19;
To log all of my service hours given in the Time Exchange database (vashon.timebanks.org) or to arrange to have another member or VITE staff to log my time exchanges for me;
To proceed with good intent toward being of service to others in my community and treat others in the Time Exchange with respect and kindness; and
Harassment or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment is defined as behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances during a Time Exchange.
I have read and understand the Vashon Island Time Exchange Code of Ethics. I agree to abide by the Code of Ethics content, as well as follow other guidelines outlined by the Vashon Island Time Exchange (VITE) in the Membership Handbook. I understand that if I fail to abide by any provision of the Code of Ethics or the Handbook guidelines, VITE may suspend or terminate, in its sole discretion, my membership.
I understand that when a time exchange involves services such as transportation, childcare, eldercare, plumbing, etc, it is the responsibility of the requesting member to ascertain the giving member’s competency to his/her/their own level of comfort. I understand that VITE makes no warranty that the services will match or meet my needs.
I understand that VITE members offer neighborly services to each other. Members provide services to the best of their ability and do not guarantee their work. I understand that VITE does not screen, review, assess, evaluate, recommend, warranty, or guarantee any of the services or goods offered or exchanged by VITE members through the Time Exchange. I understand that I have the sole right and responsibility to determine whether and when to accept services and/or goods offered by a VITE member.
I understand that expenses for any materials needed or used in a time exchange are the responsibility of the requesting member of the time exchange, and that members must agree upon expenses before the service is given.
I understand that VITE is not responsible for any injury to persons or damage to property caused by a member’s participation in a time exchange or involvement with the program. I hereby agree to defend and hold the VITE, including each of its agents, harmless from any and all claims or liabilities arising from my participation in a time exchange and as a member. I hereby waive and release all claims against VITE and each of its agents that may arise from my participation as a member of VITE and I assume the risk of injury, harm, or damage in connection with my providing or receiving services or goods through VITE.
I agree that if I use my personal vehicle while voluntarily giving service in a time exchange, I will comply with all applicable Washington State laws, including but not limited to, maintaining adequate and legally required automobile liability insurance covering bodily injury and property damage.
I understand that no contractual relationship exists now, or will be formed, between me and VITE by virtue of my membership or participation in VITE.