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

Fliers, Books and Information

I have spent several day on the internet to down load forms, books and information that is available for Cooperatives.    I have made them available here for you so you can find more information easily.  The information is not edited or changed from how I received them and kept the information to credit the person who made them.  

  • Board of Directors

The Board represents the member, making business decisions in the interest of the members The Board acts as the custodian of the cooperatives assets to safe guard the cooperative for the future. 

  • Coop 101 Information

A cooperative board provides accountable leadership by setting strategic direction to ensure it runs efficiently and effective controls in line with the coop values and principles.

  • Coop Information

The board provide effective accountable leadership to protects the coop assets and is held accountable for the coops performance and promote the growth and development of the coop by encouraging members to actively participate in the coop. 

  • Coop USDA Information

Our library of more than 150 co-op publications – many of which are available in hard copy, as well as online – range from basic co-op primers, such as “Co-ops 101,” to in-depth reports on technical topics.

  • Coop From UK Information

The network for Britain’s thousands of co-operative businesses, Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite member-owned business worth £36 billion to the British economy

  • Coop Info Financial

By understanding the financial documents, the board will be better able to understand the  accounting system for their cooperative,  and make prudent business decisions based on the financial reports.

  • Coop Info Governenance

Good governance supports the board of the
co-operative in its task of creating and maintaining a strong and sustainable business that meets the needs of its members.

  • Coop Class Handouts

Creating handouts can very easily depict lots of information and can also enhance remembrance since the audience is using the handouts as reference material

  • Coop Info History

Let us give thanks for those who came before us, whose shoulders we stand upon today, whose footprints we walk in.

  • Coop Info Leagal

The contents of this should not be relied on as legal advice.  Some of this information could become outdated, and laws vary from place-to-place.

  • Coop Info Management

Business management is the process of getting things done by and through others.

  • Coop Info Members

A cooperative is a business owned and controlled by people using its services.

  • Coop Info Orientation

In cooperatives, people come together to address constraints or  opportunities that they cannot address on their own,

  • Coop Info Strategic

Strategic planning is a step by- step determination of where you are, where you want to go, how you wish to get there, when you want to arrive, who will do the work, and how much you are willing to pay.

  • Journal of Cooperatives

Journals focus on a specific discipline or field of study and are intended for an academic or technical audience, not general readers.

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 

A Quick Guide to Fire Damage

Fire 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