Starting an HOA social committee promotes community involvement, inspires the use of residents’ special talents for the greater good, serves as a training ground for those interested in being on the Board of Directors in the future, and allows residents to get to know each other on a more personal level. Last week we discussed some of the benefits of getting to know your neighbors better (Your Charlotte Area HOA Should Get Personal).

Today we’re going to cover the basics of starting an HOA social committee.

If you already have one, scroll down for a list of neighborhood activity suggestions and keep an eye out for our next blog post about recruiting new volunteers.

First thing’s first.

Starting an HOA social committee requires approval from your board of directors. According to most associations’ bylaws, the committees are appointed by and report to the board. In order for committees to function effectively, the board must determine WHY they need it and how much of your community’s annual budget should be delegated to it.

In other words, you’re going to need a plan.

Who?
List your members. If it’s just you right now, explain how you plan on recruiting additional volunteers (we’ll help you with this in our next post) and describe the tasks each member will be responsible for.

What / Why?
Make sure you highlight the purpose of starting your HOA social committee and how it should benefit your community as a whole.

Where?
Decide where you want to hold your meetings, how often you want to have them, and about how long they’ll run.

How?
This is going to depend on the size of your community, types of events and how often, but you’ll want to do your research to put together an outline of estimated costs.

Event Suggestions:

Community Wide Garage Sales
Icecream Socials
BBQ Cookouts
Game Nights
Card Tournaments
Movie Nights
Pool Parties
Easter Egg Hunt
Oktober Fest
Halloween Costume Contests
Haunted Hay Rides
Fall Festivals
Visits with Santa
Neighborhood Caroling
New Year’s Eve Parties
Book Clubs
Trivia Contests
Beer & Wine Exchanges
Retiree & Walking Clubs
Scavenger Hunts

Starting an HOA social committee is a great way to give back to your community, spend free time productively and make new friends.  It also promotes better understanding of the personalities involved with your community’s leadership and the governance decisions being made.

 

 

Jen Sonshine is a communications strategist in Charlotte, NC. More.

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