Re: participating in community
From: Larry Miller (
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:21:59 -0800 (PST)
Our community is 4 1/2 years old. We have a formal program with 8 hours of 
participation per
adult requested. Households self report their participation monthly. Those who 
don't participate
are assessed $32 per month, with less than 8 hour participation receiving 
partial credit.
Participation includes cooking and meal cleanup, any actual committee work or 
on workdays, and
attending meetings, although credit for meetings is limited.

About 75% of the community participates fully, and another 10% participates 
occasionally. Some
contribute substantially more than the "quota." In general, more participation 
would be very
welcome, but we tend to get most things done. Some tasks are hired out when 
volunteers can't be
found, and those that don't participate contribute through the extra assessment 
they pay.  There
has been, and continues to be, a great deal of discussion on ways to improve 
the program.

Larry Miller
Oak Creek Commons 

Dear Cohousers-

We're a 15-year old co-housing and have run into a problem with  
getting everything done around here that needs to get done- from admin  
chores to physical labor.

We have vacant homes (owners having difficulty selling but have  
already moved) and people living here and not participating fully  
(they'll cook but not do a chore, for example.)

Our system is: (each adult) 4 hours per month for chores, cook once a  
quarter, be on a cluster (aka committee), attend general meetings.

Can you share:
1. How many hours per month residents work
2. What  is expected
2. What you do if someone doesn't participate

Thank you,

Southside Park Cohousing

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