Communities must ask Cornerstones for help. Once a partnership between the community and Cornerstones is formed, the community will remain as the project leader. Cornerstones is an assistant or a consultant for the project. Most labor for the projects comes from the community, but non-residents sometimes have an opportunity to work on the building on volunteer days.
Cornerstones works on federal projects through their involvement with Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit out of University of Arizona. Cornerstones is a member of the studies unit where federal agencies and other not-for-profits can seek Cornerstones’ assistance.