The first step to getting involved is familiarization with the HOA’s governing documents. It’s important to become well versed in the rules and regulations of the association so they can be followed when volunteering for community services.
Helping the Board of Directors
Every homeowner should be supporting the HOA Board. After all, the Board is working in the best interest of the community. Their number one priority is to protect property values. They also preserve and enhance the common assets and manage the financial well being of the HOA.
But many HOA Boards have a tough time getting homeowners to actively participate in community services. Some basic things HOA members can do to help the Board include:
- Following the rules and regulations in all HOA governing documents.
- Attending and participating in Board of Director and annual meetings.
- When HOA violations are noted, reporting them to the Board.
- Communicating with the Board and/or management company in writing and through the established processes.
- Appreciating the work the Board does on behalf of the HOA and recognizing the common goals.
Volunteering for Community Services Committees
One of the worst things that can happen in a homeowners association is to let a small group of people shoulder the burden of responsibility. A strong neighborhood depends on the involvement of all its members. And serving on a community services committee is a great way to make a meaningful contribution and support the efforts of the HOA Board.
The Board and management company can’t possibly conduct every aspect of neighborhood business. So, it must rely on committees made up of member volunteers. The number of committees at any one time will depend on the existing projects.
Participating in Other Opportunities
Involvement in community services isn’t limited to supporting the Board and joining a committee. Numerous opportunities exist for homeowners to volunteer their services, including:
- Attending meetings. Participating in community meetings is one of the best ways to learn what’s going on in the neighborhood. It also allows homeowners to meet other members and join upcoming activities. Attendees can also find out about new tools the HOA may have available for getting involved in community services.
- Organizing events. Members can take on a project as small or large as they want. From a simple coffee get-together to a block party, whatever meets their comfort zone is perfectly fine. It’s the involvement that counts rather than the size of event.
- Maintaining common areas. If the HOA needs help with common areas that aren’t maintained by a service provider, this could be a perfect area for homeowners to volunteer their help.
- Producing and delivering the newsletter. Many HOAs produce a regular newsletter either in electronic and/or print form. These communications require substantial work. However, they provide an excellent opportunity for volunteers to get to know the community and its residents.
- Forming a Neighborhood Watch. If a Neighborhood Watch already exists in the community, new volunteers are always needed. If one doesn’t exist, forming one can be a huge benefit to the HOA. As one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the U.S., Neighborhood Watch helps bring citizens together to make communities safer.
HOAs require homeowner involvement to succeed. When neighbors work together to provide exceptional community services, the HOA can reach its full potential and help create a comfortable lifestyle for all homeowners.
AAM is dedicated to delivering total peace of mind to the Boards of Directors and homeowners in the communities it manages.