Cohousing Community

~ Creating an old-fashioned neighborhood in a new way ~  

Work Activities

In cohousing communities generally, as in our own community, members are expected to participate in the maintenance, both physical and social, of their community. As a cohousing community, we share many resources that need to be maintained. We meet together often and require volunteer work from residents to keep our community smoothly functioning and a pleasant place to live. Working together can be difficult, rewarding and fun; it also gives us a sense of pride and shared ownership in the place we have created together.

Time Commitment

Acknowledging that the community needs active resident participation, and that the amount of work will vary with each individual’s time, abilities, health, and presence in the community, each resident is expected to actively participate in the work of the community in such ways as:

  • Attending community meetings and discussion circles,
  • Contributing to the work of committees,
  • Participating in work parties,
  • Performing other services the community needs.

Community Meetings

Community meetings take place on the first Saturday of each month.  At these meetings, committee representatives update the community on their activities, questions are posed and answered, and proposals are considered and consensed on.

Community Work Days

Through out the year, community members gather to make a difference and to work on seasonal and regular maintenance tasks such as weeding, cleaning the common house, sweeping the garage, etc.  Other times we have special projects that need to be worked on. Other members often make a lunch for the "workers".

Committee and Team Participation

Every resident is expected to actively participate in committee/team work.  The following is a brief description of our main committees:


  • Facilities organizes and oversees the physical maintenance and safey of our community's buildings and structures
  • Landscape organizes and oversees the maintenance and design of the plants in our common areas.
  • Garden & Orchard organizes and oversees the tending of our community gardens and orchard
  • Finance develops our annual budget, manages our finances, and develops our reserves timeline
  • Community Life & Social organizes social events, works to resolve conflicts in the community, and and develops agreements on how we interact with one another in business and social settings
  • Architectural Review reviews required applications by homeowners for any desired changes to exterior architecture.
  • Common House takes care of the maintenance and function of the Common Housee

Residents also volunteer to participate on ad hoc taskforces set up by committees or the community that focus on a particular projector problem.

Volunteer Positions

Individual members volunteer to manage on going, specific, essential community jobs that are necessary for the community to function safely and smoothly.  Examples of these tasks are: 

  • taking out the recycling, green waste & compost
  • sweeping the sidewalks
  • watering plants
  • testing the pool & spa
  • locking the common house
  • taking minutes
  • facilitating community meetings
  • organizing work parties