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Vashon Island Time Exchange

Terms of Service

TimeBanks USA Terms of Service

TimeBanking is designed to encourage connections between community members on the basis that everyone has something to give and everyone has needs. TimeBank members commit to "give and receive" using Time Credits earned and spent. The "golden rule" of TimeBanking is this: An hour of my time is equal to an hour of your time. One hour of service given earns one time credit. For one hour of service received, pay one time credit.

A commitment to the core values helps people to get into the spirit of TimeBanking and helps keep that spirit alive.

  1. Assets: Everyone has something to offer;
  2. Redefining Work: Building home, family and community is valued work;
  3. Reciprocity: Encouraging givers to receive – and receivers to give – builds trust and resiliency and sharing;
  4. Community: We are stronger together;
  5. Respect: Respect is the root of equality.

I understand that the function of Vashon Island Time Exchange is to facilitate the exchange of services within the community in the spirit of the core values of TimeBanking. It is my responsibility to use the same caution I would in other circumstances to get to know a person, make reference checks, and use my instincts before engaging with another TimeBank participant - especially for babysitting, elder care, and driving.

I understand that any agreements shall be made solely by and between parties involved in this transaction. TimeBanks USA and Vashon Island Time Exchange will not be held responsible and will not assume any liability for claims, damages, or any other consequences which may arise from this arrangement.

I understand that TimeBanks USA and Vashon Island Time Exchange shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by information contained on this web site or any other TimeBank resources. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless all parties who facilitate or participate in TimeBank exchanges.

I agree that this site is not to be used for buying and selling and trading in illegal goods and services.

This site provides information that may reveal aspects of members’ lives that they wish to keep private. For that reason, I pledge not to reveal any of the contents of this site that are associated with any members’ personal information.

I understand that I will receive messages from other members of my TimeBank through this web site. Notification of such messages will be sent to the email address I have registered with. I also understand that I will receive newsletters, broadcasts and alerts for my TimeBank from my Coordinator(s) through this web site.

I have read these guidelines and agreements and I agree to abide by these core values, rules, and guidelines provided by TimeBanks USA and Vashon Island Time Exchange for proper and courteous behavior. I pledge to proceed with good intent towards being of service to others in my community and treat others in the TimeBank with respect and kindness.

Local Terms of Service: Vashon Island Time Exchange Code of Ethics & Liability Waiver

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.

Liability Agreement 

  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.

By clicking on the agreement of Terms of Service, I agree to the Code of Ethics and the Liability Agreement, as stated above.