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Coho/US Annual Campaign for Financial Support

Just about now, cohousing community mailboxes are receiving this annual reminder: Coho/US needs ongoing community support to continue providing services you can rely on. Your contributions made a big, big difference throughout 2008. Here are just a few of the things you made possible:

Can’t Use a Grant for $2,500?

The silence is deafening! Can’t communities find ways to spend $2,500 for a community improvement that others can replicate? That’s what Coho/US is offering. To stimulate your imaginations a bit, here are some recent improvements at U.S. cohousing communities that might have been considered for a grant. Discuss this grant opportunity at your next meeting! Remember, the application deadline is October 31, 2008, but we’d like to get some discussion going well before the deadline, to improve the quality of submissions. Please let David Wann hear your emerging ideas for grant submissions. David’s phone number is (303) 216-1281, and his email is davewann [at] comcast [dot] net.

Kudos for the Conference

"People were extremely nice and friendly. I can see why everyone wants them as neighbors." That was one participant’s comment in the 2008 Conference feedback survey. The results, with more than a fourth of the attendees participating in the survey, are invaluable as planning for the 2009 Conference in Seattle continues.

Dinner & Auction

Saturday night featured a dinner, dancing and more. Shown clockwise from upper left: the dinner; the silent auction; the first annual Developer of the Year Awards presented (from left) to Wonderland Hill's Jim Leach, Cohousing Partners' Katie McCamant and ECO Housing Corporation's Don Tucker by Mid-Atlantic Cohousing's Ann Zabaldo; the very lively live auction led by (from left) Dave Belfer-Shevett, Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Schaub Ludwig; the Swing Cafe Band led by New View Cohousing's Eric Kilburn; and the dancing. (Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Donna Freiermuth, the next two by Ken Porter, Carol Agate, the last two by Ken Porter.)

Bus Tours

Three bus tours were offered during the preconference. Thursday's full-day tour visited Pioneer Valley Cohousing (Amherst, MA), Pathways Cohousing (Florence, MA), Rocky Hill Cohousing (Florence, MA) and Treehouse (Easthampton, MA) communities in the beautiful Berkshire mountains. Both Friday tours visited Cambridge Cohousing (Cambridge, MA) and Cornerstone Village Cohousing (Cambridge, MA) communities. But the morning tour also visited Jamaica Plain Cohousing (Boston, MA) while the afternoon tour visited New View Cohousing (Acton, MA). Shown clockwise from upper left: inside the bus; two views of the Cambridge Cohousing exterior; inside the common house at New View; and finally the exterior of the common house at Cornerstone Village. (Photo credits: Donna Freiermuth.)

Conference 2008 Photos

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