Members Helping Members

This part of our web site is devoted to sharing information.  Files included for download for you use and can be modified as needed.  Files include manuals, forms, and guides to help the cooperatives. 
MAHC is not responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Please share your knowledge or work with the rest of our members

Please remember to support us with your membership and attending conferences. 
That is how we cover our operating expenses and salaries for our 2 employees. 
 Remember the MAHC Board is all volunteers.
We are not paid just like you and also server on our local cooperative.   

Training Books

I have several training book that i used for my classes and have available to you at no cost to our members .
I am working to help train cooperative Board Members about the cooperative way.
No ware else do you find training manuals with such detail just given out to help people.  

The Cooperative Dictionary is a good reference source because it helps us understand what someone might mean when they use a word. This is a collection of words used in the cooperative industry it is arranged alphabetically which include information on definitions.
Coop Dictionary
This is a manual I put together to train new board members on the History of Housing Cooperatives, Organizational Structure of Co-ops, Financial, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of the Board Member Participation in Co-op Operations
New Board Manual
Directors owe it to themselves and their members to review co-op by-laws and agreements as often as necessary to be sure they understand them. Though the documents do not necessarily address themselves to every question that might arise, they do spell out the rights of the board and the membership.
Legal Documents
Every cooperative, regardless of its size, should have an emergency disaster plan which addresses that property's needs. It is the road map by which the membership responds to the crisis, both during and after the specific event.
Emergency Procedures Manual

Sample Forms

Several of the MAHC Board Members have shared sample of forms for you to use a a guide for your cooperative. 
Just take and modify them as you need to make them your own. 

Practice Areas

Disaster Plan Sample

Every cooperative, regardless of its size, should have an emergency disaster plan which addresses that property's needs. It is the road map by which the membership responds to the crisis, both during and after the specific event. The property manager's responsibility is two-fold. First, to protect the lives of the occupants, and secondly, to protect the investment of the membership.

The time to plan for any type of disaster is not after it has occurred, but in anticipation of an occurrence at some future date. It is written with the intention that it will never be implemented. However, the planning will sensitize the participants to address the issues that can be anticipated

Repaired By Richard Berendson  For Cumberland Green Cooperative

Request for Proposal - Auditor

This is the request for proposal that i have put together for our board. use it as a sample to writing your own RFP.

Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green

Request for Proposal - Management Company

This is the request for proposal that i have put together for our board.  use it as a sample to writing your own RFP.

Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green

Request for Proposal - Legal

Submitted by Randall Pentiuk

Web sites for cooperative information

This is a word document with links to useful web sites for cooperatives

Submitted by Richard Berendson  MS Word

Simplified Chart of Parliamentary Motions

This is a copy of the parliamentary motions card given out by MAHC

Submitted BY Richard Berendson

5 Critical Actions to Take Before the Storm

No matter how prepared, Mother Nature’s ability to bring on the element of “surprise” should not be taken lightly. We’ve compiled our top 15 tips to assist you with last minute preparations before a natural disaster strikes.

Submitted By Interstate 

Guide to Protecting and Saving Invaluable Paper Resources

The complimentary Quick Guide to Recovering Damaged Paper Documents and Books explains how to prepare for and respond to water damage and other emergencies.

Submitted By Interstate 

Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster recovery planning is important not only to protect employees and building guests during an event, but for ensuring a rapid recovery once the worst is over. The disaster recovery experts at Interstate Restoration have developed a Jump Start Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) to help get you on the right path to disaster readiness.

Submitted By Interstate 

Emergency Plan Handbook

In the time of a disaster, whether man made or natural in origin, technological or an act of terrorism, many of us are not prepared to meet our most basic needs. In this guide are suggestions you may want to use to help prepare yourself and your neighborhood or community in the event of an emergency or disaster.

prepared By Richard Berendson 
For Cumberland Green Cooperative

Committee Charges

Committee members play a supportive role to the board by doing research, gathering information, tabulating data, making comparisons, determining cost options, and presenting recommendations to the Board.  Committees contribute to productive board meetings and facilitate the co-op’s orderly operation.

Submitted By Richard Berendson

Long Range Planning Forms

Form to set up your lang range plane

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services

Reasonable Accommodations Samples and Log Part1

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services

Reasonable Accommodations Samples and Log Part2

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services

Shopping and Marketing Form

Form to shop and market your cooperative

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services

Fire Losses: What the Best Companies are Doing in Disaster Recovery

To help you understand the value of preplanning for losses, we’ve put together a few quick examples of how companies that plan ahead benefit from their efforts and accelerate their recovery.

Submitted By Interstate 

Fire Losses: The Biggest Fails in Disaster Recovery

Unless you’ve been through a fire loss, it’s hard to appreciate how quickly different types of seemingly random issues can complicate the recovery and rebuilding process. To help you understand the value of preplanning for losses, we’ve put together a few quick examples of the kinds of things that go wrong when companies fail to plan.

Submitted By Interstate 

Water Damage Guide

Water Damage Guide: Download this complimentary “how-to” guide that will help you understand some of the types of issues you may have to deal with after a fire—and what to do to be prepared for the difficult circumstances.

Submitted By Interstate