How to join the time bank

How to Join

  1. Send your payment.

    A $25 annual donation for individuals or $40 for a 2-adult household is suggested. A reduced, need-based donation of $15 is available, no questions asked. You can mail donations c/o Kathy Sipple, PO Box 50, Valparaiso, IN 46384-0050. Make checks out to CoThrive Timebank and please indicate Timebank donation in the comment section. You can also donate via Paypal if you prefer to donate online. (Online payment is appreciated -- it saves us a trip to the post office and the bank, helpful since we have no paid staff.)

    FYI: approximately $15 of each member's annual donation goes toward volunteer insurance, our largest expense. All other expenses such as web hosting, name tags, potluck meal expenses, booth fees, etc. come from remaining donations. If you are able to donate more than the recommended amount, it is much appreciated. We are currently not a 501(c)3, therefore your donation is not tax deductible.

    If you would like to join as an organization rather than as an individual or a household, please contact us to discuss your needs. It is possible for organizations to join; at this early stage of our timebank's development, we want to try to ensure expectations will be in alignment with the services members will be able to provide. 

  2. Fill out an application (online).

    Our time bank tracks service exchange hours through Time & Talents software, hosted on Existing members can go to that website and use the "Log in" button to access their account. New members need to join first; please use this link:  Be sure to supply the (2) references requested, along with complete contact information; we won't be able to activate your membership until references are contacted.
  3. Be patient...

    We have no paid staff at this point, we are completely member-run. We will need to process your application and contact the references you supply on your application. We do so to ensure that the trust we have worked hard to create will continue as new members join us. 

  4. Attend an orientation

    Various members offer 1:1 orientations to new members or if your join date coincides with a live event we are hosting, you can attend in person or online. During your orientation, you will be asked to agree to the code and the terms of service as well as get some basics on the platform. 

  5. Dive in!

    Once your membership is activated, make sure to complete your profile, including a bio and a recent photo. Also, don't be shy about listing a few services you'd like to offer other members. Take a look at other members' listings to get an idea of what you'd like to say. Attending our periodic potluck dinners and other events is a great way to get to know other members better and get the most out of your membership. We also have a Facebook group that serves as a forum for members to get to know one another better and ask questions, especially helpful for those who are not local to Northwest Indiana.

  6. Become a Leader

    The timebank is member-run. That means we need talented people to help keep improving the way things are run. All work done to support the timebank is eligible for time credit -- you earn hours just the same as you would for helping another member. We need help in the following areas: event coordination, "food fairies" (bringing food to meetings), new member welcome and orientation, website administration, community liaison, fund raising, financial management, etc. If you have a skill you think would help the timebank and it's not listed here, let us know! 

    We host a weekly innovation phone call at 7am CST each Thursday; find out more at
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Naturally Innovative Event on January 28th

1-14-2017_8-24-16_AM.pngKathy Sipple, Founder of the CoThrive Timebank, invites you to celebrate the successes of 2016 and to envision what a better Northwest Indiana would look like if we fueled some innovative projects with timebanking.

For full event details and to RSVP, click here.

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Transformational Magic: Creating Common Ground

CoThrive Founder Kathy Sipple is an Indiana Master Naturalist and Master Recycler & Composter. She is also the co-author of several Amazon #1 best selling books, including Women Living Consciously, Book 2, where she contributed a chapter about her love of vermicomposting, composting with red wiggler worms. She titled her chapter Transformational Magic: Creating Common Ground.

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Timebank Growth is Mushrooming!

Maitake.jpgMaitake translates from its Japanese name to ‘dancing mushroom’ and for good reason. Finding a cluster of these immune boosting mushrooms brings such elation that foragers often dance with joy. Folklore suggests that the person lucky enough to stumble upon these mushrooms in the forest was able to trade them for their weight in silver.



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CoThrive Launches Time Bank Effort

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CoThrive launched nearly a year ago, in early 2015, with the mission of creating an intentional online community that fostered continuous learning and members supporting one another. I think we have succeeded very well on both of those counts. One element that has remained on the back burner (until now) is incorporating a time banking system into our community.

Besides the value members derive from attending weekly, interactive sessions, I want to make it easier for members to reach out to one another directly. I think a time bank is the way to do it and have begun the plans for the launch already. Now, your help is needed to make it a reality...

What you can do to support the effort:

  • Sign up! Anyone is welcome to join, however, initially we will be focusing on gaining a critical mass in and around Valparaiso, Indiana to facilitate time trades that require geographic proximity..
  • Volunteer to partner. At the onset, even more than time bank members, we need fellow organizers. Especially critical are people who are good at: networking, book keeping, organizing events, marketing, non profit management, grant writing, etc. If that's you, please contact me to let me know you're interested.
  • Contribute to the crowdfunding campaign. We need to raise $1200 by February 18, 2016 to move the project forward. Donations in any amount of $5 or more will help us get there.
  • Watch and share this video.


  • Attend an event (for those local to Northwest Indiana). Check back soon for more updates. The next scheduled event is:

    Duneland Innovators Meet Up
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
    Figure Eight Brewing
    150 S. Washington Street
    Valparaiso, Indiana 

    The topic will be "Timebanking: Community Wealth Building" and Kathy Sipple will be the presenter

    This is a free event, but please RSVP here

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7pm Central
    Blab (online talk)
    The topic will be "Timebanking: Community Wealth Building" and Kathy Sipple will be the presenter
    Subscribe here.
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