In the HOA world, board members are vital to the operation and success of a community- but not all homeowners have the time, availability, or desire to participate in their HOA board. We recognize that homeowners are the backbone of our communities- each with valuable thoughts, ideas, and skills that contribute to and benefit the community as a whole. So, if you’re a homeowner that doesn’t want to take on the board member title- how can you still add value while maximizing your time? Here are 5 easy ways you can support your community without having to join the board:
1. Volunteer for or start a committee
Do you like landscaping? Perfect, you can help plan the foliage redesign of the front entrance. Do you like planning social gatherings? We could use you to plan a (socially distant) back to school bash or holiday get-together. These types of activities can take a much or as little time as you are able to devote, but they all greatly contribute to the overall happiness and camaraderie of a community.
2. Attend board meetings
Board meetings (with the exception of the executive session where sensitive topics are discussed) are open to homeowners. We actively encourage homeowners to participate: ask questions, make suggestions, and offer ideas. The board is working to act in the best interest of the homeowners, but if the homeowners don’t participate or provide valuable feedback, the board is left to make decisions about the community on their own. Even if you can’t participate in every board meeting, attending and sharing your input when you can is invaluable!
3. Work on a community project
Many communities have limited funds and resources, which have to be accounted for when reviewing capital projects and ongoing expenses. Consider hosting a semi-annual community beautification event to clean the creek that runs through the neighborhood or coordinate with the board and other homeowners to stain and seal the park benches and tables. Adding value to your community where you can by doing something you enjoy is always a win-win!
4. Get to know your neighbors
Creating bonds within the community enriches the overall community experience. We often see communities that have informal gatherings such as book clubs, potlucks and card games also have higher community involvement in board meetings and committees. Starting small with informal gatherings is a great first step to increasing participation.
5. Invest as little or as much time as you desire
Many committees are single project based, so they require little to no ongoing participation. Others, such as the architectural committee- which oversees property changes such as roof replacements and covered patio additions, require an ongoing commitment that can be completed on your own time without having to meet with others. Choose a committee or task that works best for you and appeals to you and your schedule.
Remember, the management company, board and homeowners all share a common goal of protecting property values and creating an enjoyable place to live. Becoming active in your community and association is the best way to help fulfill this mission! We hope to see you soon!