Are you involved with your HOA—not just as a resident and as an owner, but as a volunteer? If not, there’s no time like the present to step up to the plate! Not only is volunteerism personally rewarding, but it can also help your community run more smoothly.
Did you know that volunteerism actually keeps assessments down? It’s true. Every hour of work done by a volunteer is an hour of work you don’t have to pay a service provider for. In a very real and direct way, then, volunteering in your HOA can really pay off.
How to Volunteer in Your HOA
But maybe you’re not sure of how you can volunteer. There are plenty of options, and if you approach your HOA board, they’ll surely be able to list some specific needs you could address.
To help you brainstorm, here are a few quick suggestions for HOA volunteerism:
- Try your hand at event planning! Volunteer to plan a social event for the community—a summer barbecue, a holiday gathering, or simply a block party to bring people in the community together.
- Begin a neighborhood watch program, doing your part to keep the neighborhood safe.
- Start a community cleanup crew, routinely walking the streets and picking up any trash you see.
- Inquire as to whether you can help put together the community newsletter—formatting it, sending it, even hand-delivering it!
- Serve on an HOA committee! Your board members will surely have some ideas for how you can do this.
- Ask your HOA board members about any big projects that are underway—projects where an extra set of hands might come in handy.
- Consider running for a position on the HOA board! That’s the best, most effective way you can make yourself an asset to the community.
There Are Always Ways to Help
Volunteers cultivate unity within the HOA. They make life easier for the board members and the community manager. They play an active role in preserving property values. Simply put, they make the community a better place to live.
There are always ways in which you can help out. The first step is just making the decision to get involved. Think about what you can do to help out—and if you need suggestions, don’t hesitate to talk it over with a member of your HOA board.