Participation Because Co-op members as a group are responsible for the management of their co-ops, all members are expected to participate in whatever co-op activities they can. Participation in a co-op can mean many different things. All members are asked to attend general meetings to make major decisions. Particular skills such as financial knowledge, office skills, or maintenance skills will be welcome in a co-op. However, people without skills and people with disabilities can still contribute a great deal to the co-op community. Participation can mean being on the Board of Directors or joining a committee. Committees help with such co-op activities as maintenance, taking care of the co-op's finances, or working on the co-op's newsletter. The membership committee usually handles applications, interviews people who want to live in the co-op, and helps new members learn about the co-op. People can also participate by cleaning up the co-op grounds or common room, by phoning their neighbours to remind them of meetings, and by attending and speaking up at meetings of the co-op or of a particular committee.