Re: Commitments to community
From: Kathryn McCamant (
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:02:07 -0800 (PST)
I think a voluntary system works surprisingly wellŠthat is 1) just being
clear that our operating budget is dependent on everyone pitching in one
way or another, and always helpful to have a suggested number of hours per
month/year that people should plan on putting in, and then 2) at the end
of year, reminding people that if they were not able to actively
participate as much as they may have wanted, they can still help out by
making a voluntary $$ contribution that gives the community funds to hire
people to do the work they weren¹t able to get to.

If you track hours and ³enforce² paymentŠ.people will resent it. But if
you let people know and give them the opportunity, you can often raise
more money much easier.
Kathryn McCamant, President
CoHousing Solutions
241B Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755

On 1/17/16, 3:50 PM, "Cohousing-L on behalf of Sharon Villines"
< [at] on
behalf of sharon [at]> wrote:

>> On Jan 16, 2016, at 6:47 PM, Ruth Hirsch
>><partner-in-healing [at]> wrote:
>> We do not have something in place for when folks do not participate in
>>work for the community.
>> So, knowing this is likely happening elsewhere, how is it handled?
>We do have a policy and some have followed and paid the amount ‹$20 an
>hour. Absentee owners have also paid it, I think.
>But the real problem with enforcement is that there are no records to
>indicate that we know who works and who doesn¹t. Unless you keep those
>records, it would be hard to enforce.
>But you can send a bill.
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