You don’t have to be an HOA veteran to now that the best community is the one in which people are involved and engaged; residents who are truly invested in the happenings within their neighborhoods are the ones most likely to take pride in where they live, and to step up and do their part to keep the community well-maintained. This means that, as an HOA board member, it’s well worth your time to provide opportunities for community involvement —and the holiday season provides an ideal time for doing just that.
Does that mean you have to become, essentially, the Activities Director within your community? By no means—but creating some activities or events to promote unity and engagement are ultimately helpful for cultivating a healthy and pleasant place to live. Here are a few quick ideas:
- Here’s a simple one: Why not throw a community get-together or holiday party? This is an especially practical and easy idea if you have a clubhouse or some kind of community common area. You can budget for some small finger foods, or simply ask those attending to each bring something minor.
- A great way to get people involved and get your neighborhood looking nice is a festive decorating contest; announce a small prize, to be given to the resident whose front door area looks the nicest and the most seasonally appropriate.
- Another thing that’s always a good idea is encouraging residents to look beyond the neighborhood or apartment building into the greater community around them. Consider something like a canned food drive. As an added bonus, this can be great, positive publicity for your community!
These kinds of activities are not only great for cultivating community involvement, but they also make the community more appealing to outsiders who might be thinking about moving in. Which is just to say that it’s definitely a worthwhile, and relatively easy, investment of time and funding from the HOA board.