|An Important Appeal||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richard L. Kohlhaas (rlkohlearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 21:30:39 -0700 (PDT)|
An Important Appeal from Coho/US International Board Member Steven Ablondi: Maybe you don't know the Coho/US digital auction currently underway is an important appeal ? This fundraiser is not like Groupon - unrelenting offers in your inbox insisting that you can buy something if, for any reason, you might happen to like, want or need it. This little auction is how our association has chosen to fund its existence this year. Cohousers are kind, gentle people who aren't banging you over the head constantly asking for money. The auction was chosen as a vehicle by which we might raise money in an enjoyable way for supporters during this 2013 calendar year, in-between national conferences. My name is Steven Ablondi. I live most of each year in South Africa. In 2011 I discovered the website of the Cohousing Association of the United States. On the website I learned there was a national conference! I had heard of cohousing, but thought there was only a couple experimental communities and one book. Although I was only in America for two months, I drove down to Washington, D.C. to spend almost a week at conference. It changed my life! I found that thousands of people are successfully living in cohousing and that hundreds of them were at the conference. I met people from Japan, Australia, the UK, Europe and Canada. I'm now forming a senior cohousing community in South Africa and I converse regularly with people I've met at conference. Yesterday I asked Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris about an academic program in sustainability at UC Berkeley, and whether any of those students might like to come intern with us at Memel Organics. My wife, Cindy, trades ideas with Shari Leach about the two sports programs for under-privileged children they respectively run. I met Shari's dad, Jim, at conference. Cindy advised Jessie Durrett about her prospects to intern with the United Nations, at conference. Dave Wann wrote an article about Memel Organics, our project in S.A. Bryan Bowen, in addition to designing our senior cohousing community, has partnered with me to found a charity to build dignified, warm housing for elderly black South Africans who suffered under apartheid. These homes are being built using cohousing principles. Anyone can come to conference and meet many of these people and a hundred more. Many folks come to conference thirsty for info on how to form a new community. Some just come to gloriously socialize with like-minded people. Now I'm a member of the board of Coho/US. I've donated thousands of dollars of travel expenses each year to the organization, spreading the word of cohousing in America and abroad and making my life better, one friend and contact at a time. You are a member of a community. Statistically speaking, in America, that makes you a ground-breaker, a forward-thinker, close to a visionary. You, or some founding members of your community, put in countless hours to achieve this. Has it been worth it? Congratulations on your cohousing lifestyle. We applaud you. But your work is not done. Neither you, nor your community, is an island. Pay it forward! Allow people like me to find out about cohousing. Don't ask what the cohousing association can do for you. This particular year. Be broader minded than that. Without a website, myself and countless others wouldn't have been exposed to cohousing. Without a conference, myself and countless others wouldn't have learned enough to actually form a community. It is the Cohousing Association of the United States that maintains the website and organizes the conferences. It costs money! This year, tonight, there are people who will not be cold because Bryan & Steven met at conference and are now building natural, warm houses based on cohousing principles to replace sheet-metal shacks. This is all taking place, now, because people in years past financially supported a Coho/US. So again, Pay It Forward. Let's keep a website. Let's have future regional and national cohousing conferences. You have put more effort into your home than any other homeowners in America - why stop now? Bid on an item. Or go to the Coho/US website and donate a hundred dollars. If you can't do that, donate ten or twenty dollars. It will be appreciated. To paraphrase one of the greatest speeches of our nation: Ask not what a cohousing association can do for you - ask what you can do for The Cohousing Association of the United States. And lets keep changing the world, one community at a time.
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