Valley Time Trade is a mutual aid network of individuals and organizations in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. We have joined together to help one another, share skills, and improve our communities. We share what we value the most – our time, and keep track of hours spent and earned instead of exchanging money for services. Anyone residing in our service area is welcome to join and encouraged to participate in co-creating the future we envision together.
We seek to:
- Connect people and unmet needs with untapped resources
- Provide economic relief through access to alternative resources
- Encourage increased community interaction, wherein people help themselves and others
- Foster mutual respect for all individuals in a community
- Promote equality by giving each person’s time the same value
Assets: We can all be valued contributors.
The real wealth of any society is its people. Every individual has valuable experience, skills and connections to contribute to the wellbeing of others in their local community.
Work: Some work is beyond a dollar value.
Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, and contribute to a healthy planet.
Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
Giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of positive social relationships and healthy communities. All people want to make positive contributions – when we give freely, and receive freely, we honor each other’s positive contributions.
Social Capital: Networks make individuals stronger.
Networks are stronger than individuals. Community is based on putting down roots, building trust, and creating networks.
Respect: Respect for all means accountability to all.
Our respect for our neighbors, our communities, and our planet is displayed by being accountable for our behavior and actions. When respect is denied, we all are injured. In order to offer respect, we must recognize our power to hurt or heal with all our choices and actions.