Our mission at ABQ Hours Exchange is to promote economic justice, community development and an ecologically sustainable economy. By members sharing their skills, talents and experiences through a service exchange that values mutual support and the equality of time, our goal is to enhance social and economic networks which complement our local economy and strengthen the health of our community.
Have you ever wished you had someone around to help you with the yard work, give you a ride to the doctor or just give you a hand when you need it? Someone you can count on?
Many of us have family, friends and neighbors who help us out, but they can’t always be there in a pinch. In a Service Exchange community, someone is always there when you need them. Being a member of an Service Exchange is like having an extended family to help you out. Caring for others and sharing our abilities, talents and experiences—not just money—are the foundations of a healthy community.
A Service Exchange recognizes the value of mutual support which is essential to build strong and vibrant local economies. This is work the cash economy often ignores or undervalues. It affirms our belief that we are all equal and operates on the principle that everyone’s time is also of equal value. Furthermore, it honors the unique abilities, talents and resources that each of us has to share regardless of age, gender, education, employment, ethnicity and cultural background.
Every person has the capacity to contribute. We all have needs and abilities even if we aren’t always aware of them.
Some work is beyond price. Work needs to be redefined so that it recognizes the value of raising a child, building strong families, revitalizing neighborhoods, making democracy work, advancing social justice, and making the planet sustainable. This work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
Helping works better as a two-way street. The question, “How can I help you?” needs to change to, “How can we help each other?” Giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of positive social relationships and healthy communities.
Networks are stronger than individuals and are essential in everyday life. They are even more so in emergencies and times of crisis. In a world of declining natural resources we will have to rely on each other. Belonging to supportive social networks not only fills our lives with meaning but also keeps us from being isolated and helpless.
Everyone’s voice must be heard and respected in order to promote social justice and encourage responsibility. Respect underlies our basic human rights and the core values of our society.