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Time is Money: Time Dollars and the Money is Value Metaphor

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"Time dollar" advocates claim that their currencies are not money, when in fact they are - special-purpose monies that function differently from the general-purpose monies we are accustomed to using. Does this mean that time dollars are a detriment to volunteerism? Not necessarily. Rather, time dollars may play a key role in overcoming one of the major obstacles that the field of volunteerism faces. By assigning an explicit and equitable value to non-work tasks, time dollars can potentially lead us back to behaving as though we truly value community.