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bellingham_cohousing-01What is Bellingham Cohousing?

We are an intergenerational and collaborative community of 33 households. Our design allows for both privacy (with individual condos) and shared spaces for social interaction. Our ongoing goals are creating a real community and living a bit more lightly on the earth.

What do I commit to if I buy or rent?

You commit to living as a part of a community with its enormous benefits and real obligations. You commit to 9 hours a month of community participation from a broad array of choices. It could be participating in a landscape work party, cooking as part of a meal team, or serving on a committee, etc. You commit to participating in community decisions through a consensus process.

What are the benefits?

Each community member would answer this a bit differently. Most would agree that high points range from weekly community meals and occasional celebrations to easy going help from your neighbors if you need a ride to the airport or a supportive hand during a personal hard patch. We all find that the more we put into the community the more we get out of it.

What are the shared spaces?

The heart of our shared space is the common house with a large kitchen and dining/gathering area, two living rooms, guest rooms, a play room, and an office. In addition, we have a large workshop, a hot tub, a play field, a large room for exercise and other activities, and a wetland where we feel nature close to us.


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Midterm Elections, like we're having this year, typically have a lower voter turnout, but there are still many important issues and candidates that need your vote. One of the challenges to voting is that information on candidates is often lacking and the issue descriptions are overly complex or even misleading. To make it easier to vote from an informed perspective, there will be a Ballot Night on Tuesday, October 24th -- exatcly two weeks before the ballots are due.

The format for the evening is that we'll start by going over the Ground Rules for the event to ensure that no one feels pressured to vote one way or the other throughout the course of the event. Once that has been covered, we'll work through the ballot, line-by-line, with any person in attendance free to offer factual insights into the particular candidate or issue that's currently being considered.

Event Facilitator: Rhys Faler

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Initial Ground Rules for the event (we can add to or modify these):
1 - your ballot choices are private and should be kept that way
2 - this is a nonpartisan event. Even if there's more of a particular political perspective in attendence, assume that the range of attendees represent the full political spectrum
3 - if you share your knowledge about a candidate or issue, it must be factual, not subjective
4 - when making a comment, it should be for the singular purpose of helping attendees to make informed decisions about how they will individually cast their vote for the particular item being considered
3 - the facilitator for the evening is empowered to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the evening goes smoothly and is a valuable and positive experience for all attendees

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Preparing For The Event:

Before the event begins, please take the time to familiarize yourself with each item on your ballot along with the corresponding information located in the Voter's Pamplet. If you do this, you will be able to get much more out of this event. Ballots will be mailed out on October 18th.

For more information about this election, check out the Current Elelction page maintained by the Whatcom County Auditor's Office:
www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election
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Ballot Night: De-Mystifying Your Voting Experience

October 24, 2017, 7:00pm - October 24, 2017, 8:00pm

Midterm Elections, like we're having this year, typically have a lower voter turnout, but there are still many important issues and candidates that need your vote. One of the challenges to voting is that information on candidates is often lacking and the issue descriptions are overly complex or even misleading. To make it easier to vote from an informed perspective, there will be a Ballot Night on Tuesday, October 24th -- exatcly two weeks before the ballots are due. The format for the evening is that we'll start by going over the Ground Rules for the event to ensure that no one feels pressured to vote one way or the other throughout the course of the event. Once that has been covered, we'll work through the ballot, line-by-line, with any person in attendance free to offer factual insights into the particular candidate or issue that's currently being considered. Event Facilitator: Rhys Faler -------------------------------------------------- Initial Ground Rules for the event (we can add to or modify these): 1 - your ballot choices are private and should be kept that way 2 - this is a nonpartisan event. Even if there's more of a particular political perspective in attendence, assume that the range of attendees represent the full political spectrum 3 - if you share your knowledge about a candidate or issue, it must be factual, not subjective 4 - when making a comment, it should be for the singular purpose of helping attendees to make informed decisions about how they will individually cast their vote for the particular item being considered 3 - the facilitator for the evening is empowered to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the evening goes smoothly and is a valuable and positive experience for all attendees -------------------------------------------------- Preparing For The Event: Before the event begins, please take the time to familiarize yourself with each item on your ballot along with the corresponding information located in the Voter's Pamplet. If you do this, you will be able to get much more out of this event. Ballots will be mailed out on October 18th. For more information about this election, check out the Current Elelction page maintained by the Whatcom County Auditor's Office: www.whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election

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