|Creating more affordable cohousing - a personal story...||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: oz (ozozragland.com)|
|Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:01:17 -0800 (PST)|
When I was the Exec. Dir. of Coho/US (2007-2010), I had a fundamental disagreement with its Board of Directors. The Board decided to allocate some of my time and the association's money to supporting more affordable Cohousing. At the time, I had a different opinion on our priorities, but followed their guidance and began putting some of my energy behind the board's initiative. As time proceeded, we met with the leaders of several Affordable Housing non-profits in Washington, DC - and began collaborations that are just beginning to make a difference. It didn't take too long to understand that I was just plain wrong about the value of that work. I'm very excited about the progress that Coho/US has made since I left the role. Among other things, we hired the current Exec. Dir., Rebecca Lane, a non-profit professional that is giving the association leadership which I could not offer. I just made a personal donation myself - and I invite everybody reading this to join me, now. Its so easy - just click this link: http://www.cohousing.org/donate There are directions for donating by check if you don't want to use a credit card. PLEASE, make a year-end financial contribution (of ANY size) to help Coho/US do its work. Those of us who enjoy the benefits of living in Cohousing homes are the ones who can most appreciate the value that more affordable cohousing homes could offer. And any of us who are Cohousing supporters can make a real difference by supporting the association's work by sharing some of our own, personal resources. This year, my personal finances are very tight, but I felt it important to make a contribution. I invite you to join me in taking action on this before the end of the calendar year. Oz Ragland ozragland.com P.S. When I was Exec. Dir, I knew exactly who did and didn't make contributions - and how much they gave. If you believe that your community or forming group is adequately covering your share of the Coho/US costs, you should really look into it. Some communities budget for contributions, but never actually cut the checks. Others that once gave, have stopped. My feeling is that we, as individuals, need to get behind the association - especially if we believe the association can do more.
Creating more affordable cohousing - a personal story... oz, December 27 2012
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