Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - The Dane County Timebank

The Dane County Timebank is a grassroots organization that is committed to facilitating exchanges and coordinating projects through a racial and restorative justice lens. Established in 2005, the Dane County Timebank is a network of about 3,000 individuals and organizations who exchange services and skills to build community, build capacity and come together to help each other build a better world.

With time banking, services are exchanged to help fill the resource gaps in the community. By both giving and receiving one’s time, the Dane County Timebank learns to appreciate the value of every member and believe in the value of their own contributions. 

Timebanks are also called DIY-exchange networks: that is, they are social safety nets that build support systems, reduce social isolation, build community connections, increase civic engagement, and build trust, empathy and confidence among participants. Essentially, they are centered around the idea of neighbors helping neighbors.

Through a racial justice lens, time banking projects center their exchanges and organizing efforts around the voices and leadership of folks directly impacted by the racism that exists in the systems and structures. In Dane County, that would include coordinating efforts on the need to minimize police contact and to offer support and get resources to those who are under-resourced and hyper criminalized.

The Dane County Timebank currently has several different projects:

  • The Restorative Justice aspect practices restorative justice work in the Dane County area, including responsive and restorative conversations that offer an anti-racist framework.
  • The Transportation Project helps people needing rides to access safe transport; and rides can be related to appointments, rides to food pantries, grocery stores or employment.
  • The Food Justice Garden Project was started by Timebank members interested in sharing resources to build gardens where the ground was otherwise being unused; aiming to educate and engage the community.
  • Mask Giveaways
  • Community Lab for Intentional Practice
  • The Letter Writing Campaign to End Violence against Black People 


Check out the website to learn more – and consider joining in!


Dane County TimeBank

1202 Williamson St, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703





The WNPJ Spotlight this week is provided by volunteer Ambar Cornelio. Thanks!