Summit Avenue Cooperative

Established 1970 - Madison, WI

Member Responsibilities


Workjobs are a vital aspect of cooperative living. They are the "household chores" necessary for the house to function. Each member is assigned 4.5 hours of workjobs per week. Time spent on workjobs vary depending upon the workjob, the efficiency of the individual, and the season of the year. For example, the work involved with Grounds Crew will depend on the season. Each member contributes about 4.5 hours of workjob duties per week.

  • All members take turns cooking house dinner. Depending on how many people are living in the house, you may cook about once every 2-4 weeks. House dinners are served Sunday - Thursday at 6pm.
  • All members are scheduled for Dishes or Floors to clean up after house dinners about 2 times per month depending on occupancy.
  • Members are assigned additional workjob duties such as cleaning, maintenance, winter shoveling, yard work, or administrative work.

Work Weekend

Every spring and fall, the house spends a Saturday taking care of the storm windows, deep cleaning, and other house projects. We start the day with a tasty breakfast and celebrate the end with a well earned dinner ordered by the house.

House Meetings

House meetings are opportunities for members to communicate, propose ideas, and discuss all manner of house matters. Meetings are held every two-and-a-half weeks, alternating Sundays and Wednesdays.

Workjob Hours
Officer Position - House Representative1
Officer Position - Workjob Coordinator2
Officer Position - Big Treasurer (Big T)1
Officer Position - Little Treasurer (Little T)1.5
Officer Position - Secretary1
Membership Coordinator1.5
Maintenance Crew.5 - 2
Grounds Crew.5 - 1.5
Common Rooms1
Halls & Stairs1
Stove & Hood1
Rags & Rugs1
Rotating Cleaning1
Specialized Disposal & St. Vinny's Donations.5
Dining Room.5