- Joe Wise
Volunteer Opportunities Thrive at Homeowners Associations (HOAs)
If you have a few hours to spare each month or just occasionally have a little extra time, ask your HOA Board if there’s a way that you can lend a hand. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful in most HOAs. So, if you don’t have the time to serve on the Board or can’t commit to a specific time each month, there are still ways to participate. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors while giving back to your community.
Below are a few volunteer opportunities that exist in almost every association. Remember that volunteers often work behind the scenes, so some of the work may not be visible to you. Needs differ in every HOA, so ask a Board member what the volunteer options are in your community.
Homeowner Communications – Can you update the HOA website, write blogs, pull together newsletters? If you have communications experience or can write an occasional story, talk to your Board. There’s usually something in communications that you can help with occasionally when you can’t sign up full-time.
Special Events – Does your HOA host a community event such as a holiday party or annual summer get-together? If so, they always need a little help in preparing for the event. Whether you can help out for just one event or multiple events, all volunteer help is appreciated.
Subcommittee Member – HOAs usually have ad hoc committees for seasonal issues as well as ongoing committees. Consider volunteering for one or more committee function either as a member of as a volunteer during peak times. Committee leaders are always looking for an extra pair of hands as well as special skills and talents.
Social Team – Many HOAs have a social team that identifies events and programs throughout the year geared toward bringing neighbors together to meet, have fun or enjoy entertainment. This same team may also provide opportunities to welcome and involve new residents in HOA activities.
As you can see, volunteer opportunities abound in Homeowner Associations. You don’t need a lot of time to help make your community a better place. A few occasional hours can make a big difference. What’s more, it’s a great way to meet more of your neighbors and make new friends in addition to accomplishing a lot of good for the residents and HOA.
Find an area that captures your interest or uses your talents, and start volunteering in your community. Express yourself creatively, offer solutions to day-to-day problems, help set up an event. Whatever you choose, you’ll be part of the team that shapes living in your association. A little of your time produces big rewards.
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