3 Ways to Get Residents to Take Pride in Their Community
Updated: Sep 22
In today’s interconnected, but highly isolated, world, it is hard to foster community spirit. Many people appear to be satisfied to stay in their homes. This doesn’t mean they don’t love their communities, but they may be hesitant to get involved.
Yet, community pride and support are extremely important. Here are three ways to get your residents to engage in their community.
Why is community pride important?
First, let’s talk about why community pride is so important. It is good for your residents. Resident happiness and contentment rise when they take pride in their community. Pride has positive ramifications for your community and Board.
The more residents take pride in their community, the more likely they are to engage and volunteer. It is a lot easier to lead a community with positive homeowner engagement. With sufficient volunteers, you could consider adding committees and subcommittees.
Increased involvement also results in a better community overall. Those committees and subcommittees have the capacity to get a lot accomplished. Plus, an association with engaged residents will be better maintained and preserve a higher value overall.
Three ways to get residents to take pride in their community
If you’d like to experience the advantages of residents who take pride in their community, you need to implement the following ideas.
1.Plan activities. The best way to get your residents involved in the community is to plan activities. These can be as simple as a community barbeque. Ice cream socials and events around community amenities (the community pool, clubhouse, or lake) are also crowd-pleasers.
Not all events have to be purely social. According to this San Jose property management company you can also plan events that get your residents involved in the community. Trash drives, community tree planting, or just organizing a communal day to clean the common areas are all great ideas to bring your residents together. When residents have a hand in keeping their community beautiful, they are more likely to stay engaged. This increases their pride in the community.
2.Encourage, support, and thank volunteers. Putting residents to work is a great way to foster community engagement. However, success with volunteers requires they be managed in the right way. Encourage volunteering by creating many events or places for people to volunteer. Not everyone will be available on the same day or at the same time. Multiple activities ensure more people help.
Once you have your volunteers signed up and working, make sure to give them the support they need. And most importantly, you should acknowledge their contributions. People will be more likely to have community pride if that community shows them gratitude for helping.
3.Use technology strategically. Finally, technology is your friend when trying to create community pride. Yes, in-person activities are best. However, in today’s busy schedules, it will be productive to provide online events as well as in-person ones.
Technology provides great ways to communicate with your residents, volunteers, and committees. If you need help getting started in online communication, contact Wise Property Solutions. We provide the best HOA newsletters and community websites in East Tennessee. Contact Wise today and see together we can partner to increase your community pride by leaps and bounds.