Projects initiated through the Dane County TimeBank provide solutions for challenges identified by the community as unmet needs. Involvement with a community project is one way to make connections in the TimeBank, while supporting vital services. We encourage the participation of organizational and individual members in supporting these innovative projects. TimeBank staff are available for consultation to build similar initiatives in your community.

Restorative Justice


The Dane County TimeBank’s Restorative Justice work is centered around the belief that all people are interconnected and have tremendous value. Grounded in the core values of timebanking - respect, assets, reciprocity,  social capital, and redefining work, we are able to both give and receive support through this project. Through restorative justice we celebrate and support one another in our communities, and when harm happens we address it as a community, in our communities, with the support of our communities.
Our overarching goals for our restorative justice work include:

Everywhere Gardens: The People’s Produce

Everywhere Gardens: The People's Produce.  Gardens Everywhere for Everyone! This project involves everything from sharing land for gardening, to building gardens, to garden maintenance and harvest, to produce collection and re-distribution. It's expansive and it's abundant, let's dig in!
The TimeBank's Garden Project was started in 2013, organized by a group of motivated community members interested in sharing time and resources to build gardens where ground was otherwise being unused - front yards, back yards, terrace areas, and other open space. The focus of the project evolves each year. ...

Allied Community Coop

The Allied Community Coop is a project of residents of Madison's Allied Drive neighborhood and organizational partners, including Allied Wellness Center, Madison Apprenticeship Program, Allied-Dunns Marsh Neighborhood Association, Dunns Marsh Neighborhood Association, the Dane County TimeBank, and Nehemiah Corporation. The coop is bringing together neighbors and organizations who work in the neighborhood to work together as partners in identifying and creating resources and activities that people want for their community. Some of the projects the new coop has already helped facilitate are a...

Maxine's TimeBank Store

Maxine's TimeBank Store is a place to exchange TimeBank Hours for new and gently-used clothing, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, home decor, equipment, supplies, and more. All are welcome to shop! Donations also welcome - please arrange to drop off your gently-used items to exchange for TimeBank Hours. 
Maxine's is currently located in the heart of the Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood at 2225 Allied Drive. Store hours are Monday and Tuesday 8:30am-noon, and Thursday noon-3pm.
For more information, to make a donation, to help out at the store, or to arrange a different time to visit the store (9-...

Inclusive Community

The Dane County TimeBank is a place for all people to contribute time and talents and connect to the community - age, ability, ethnicity, and other experience enhance the rich fabric of our network. Instead of separating our community into those who need and those who provide, we recognize that we all have needs and that everyone has something to contribute. Every human being matters. We recognize that our community cannot be whole unless all individuals are respected and given the opportunity to fully participate as equal partners. With support from Dane County Department of Human Services...


The TimeBank transportation project aims to create pools of drivers who are interested in helping members with various types of transportation needs including rides to medical appointments, restorative justice and youth court related rides, social/recreational rides, errands, rides to work, and more.  When someone has a ride need we try to match them with an available driver.  This works best when it is planned in advance.  The TimeBank is always looking to increase our driver pool to increase our chances of being able to find an available driver.  Approved drivers can earn gas cards for...

Neighborhood Care Teams

Neighborhood Care Teams gather the available resources in an area to help people meet their basic needs - such as assistance around the house, access to healthy food, help with transportation, companionship, and other basic services. We are increasing our capacity to connect neighbors with neighbors in a network of mutual support. In 2013, an initiative was begun in Sun Prairie and the surrounding area to build a model for Neighborhood Care Teams that can be used in other communities.

Healthy Community Economy

or... The Birth of Mutual Aid Networks (MANs)
Since 2011, the Dane County TimeBank – joining forces with Madison Hours – has been evaluating how we can better apply cooperative economic tools to strengthen our local communities. We are currently working on ways to connect timebanking and mutual credit with other types of cooperative resource management to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of these systems, while building economic and social benefits for the community.
In the course of this exploration Madison Hours disbanded Dec. 31, 2013 and we are currently designing a...

The Wellness Project

The Wellness Project is a collaborative effort of the Dane County TimeBank and community partners dedicated to providing opportunities to improve the health of our community through making wellness related activities available to through the TimeBank.
The Wellness Project is a member led project that has taken many shapes over the years. The Wellness Project aims to bring services into the TimeBank that support the physical, emotional, and mental health of our community. Things like mental health support, medical support and education, nutritional and herbal counseling, acupuncture, yoga,...