Bay Area Community Exchange Time Bank Membership Agreement

Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank (BACE Timebank) is a nonprofit community organization that facilitates skills and service exchanges through a grassroots community network. Each member is responsible for his or her individual exchanges. Prior to the activation of exchange privileges, all members must read and acknowledge this agreement. The agreement helps protect all of us.

  1. Liability - I understand that the function of BACE Timebank is to facilitate the exchange of services within the community. I understand that BACE Timebank 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 website or any other Bay Area Community Exchange resources. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless all parties who facilitate or organize the BACE Timebank website. I hereby agree the duty, responsibility, and liability that is inherent with Timebank exchanges shall remain as it would be if the parties were not part of any Timebank. I agree to refer any disputes, complaints, misunderstandings and questions to the Planning Committee via or a mediator of my choice. I agree to leave intact the normal remedies and cause-of-action available to these parties in the event of any unforeseen circumstance.

  2. Safety - The Timebank does not screen members. It is my responsibility to use the same caution I would in other circumstances to get to know a fellow member, conduct reference checks, and use my instincts before engaging with another Timebank member, especially for child and elder care and driving. I understand that there will be immediate termination of membership of any member who has been found to harass, harm, or interfere with any other BACE Timebank member.

  3. Manners - I pledge not to reveal the contents of this site, nor any other documentation provided by BACE Time Bank to non-members, especially any personal information provided. I agree that all services I give or receive as a member of BACE Timebank are on a volunteer basis, and that I do not expect to receive or give any money for those services, except if there are related material fees agreed upon by both parties in advance (for example, workshop materials or gas money). 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. I agree to clarify all details of my transaction before meeting with my exchange partner. I agree to refrain from smoking in or bringing pets to my exchange partner's home, unless invited to do so. I agree to post and maintain at least one offer and one request on the BACE Timebank website with my availability on a regular basis.

  4. Communication - Good and frequent communication is key to a successful Timebank. I understand that I will be notified via an email from of activity in my Timebank account and that it is my responsibility to check my email in a timely manner, within one week. I further commit to do this for any other member for whom I am an "account advocate" (account advocates handle the online accounting for offline users, e.g. elderly). When I receive this email from, I will go to the BACE Timebank website in a timely manner to look at and respond to the email sent to me by another member.

  5. Completion of this application may not conclude the process for joining BACE Time Bank. An orientation or introduction and/or references may be necessary to finalize your membership.

    (March 16, 2010)