Did you know that 69 million people live in a neighborhood that’s run by a homeowners association? According to the Foundation for Community Association Research, that’s approximately 21.3 percent of the U.S. population living in private communities governed by condominium, cooperative, and homeowners associations.
With so many voices to be heard, how do you stay involved and share your ideas? Take a cue from IKO Community Management:
Join a subcommittee. Subcommittees, or committees for short, are subgroups of volunteer homeowners that help maintain the neighborhood. The following types of committees exist:
- Ad hoc, a temporary committee that addresses a specific issue or event and is terminated after said issue or event. Examples include beautification/landscaping/maintenance and community pool committees.
- Fixed, a function-oriented, indefinite extension of the board that’s often identified in the declaration or bylaws. Examples include community awareness or action, financial, nominations, playground and recreation, safety, social and communication, and welcome committees.
- Mandatory, a specific set of committees that are named in the governing documents. Examples include the Architectural Control and Covenant/Special committees.
No matter which HOA subcommittee you join, this is a great opportunity to get closer to and develop relationships with board members and other residents.
Grab a seat as a board member. Whether you’re elected into or you volunteer for the position, HOA board members have an immediate, long-reaching voice in the community. Depending on what you want to do, what you’re good at, and open positions, you could be a secretary, treasurer, vice president, or president.
Attend meetings. Monthly and annual meetings give you the chance to meet your neighbors and board members in a business casual environment. It’s an in-person platform that gives you the chance to meet face-to-face with existing community thought leaders, share your opinions and ideas, and get involved with your homeowners association.
Connect social media. As the rise of social media continues, more and more homeowners associations are creating community accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on. If you’re looking to keep up with your neighbors and the community without leaving your home, social media is a great way to get involved.
Many accounts post weather updates, towing warnings, hours for amenities, contact information, open volunteer positions, holiday memos and more. Whether you follow, like, double tap, or pin, social media is an advantageous tool to use to stay up-to-date.
Volunteer. If you’re looking to give back to your HOA community, check out IKO Community Management’s list of ways to volunteer this year.
Go to a community event. Many HOA communities enjoy getting festive, especially during colder months. A fixed subcommittee can put together everything from pumpkin-carving competitions and tree decorating contests to visits from Santa Claus and cookie or ornament exchanges.
Common warm-weather events include local fire or police department visits, seminars on home utility rebates or car safety for children, Zumba or yoga classes, and do-it-yourself crafting classes.
Whether you’re a volunteer or an attendee, community events are a great, fun place to meet residents and get involved.
Get educated. According to FindLaw, a part of Thomson Reuters and publisher of marketing solutions for the legal industry, “Groups, such as the Community Associations Institute (CAI), are useful for new...board members. They provide data about CIDs [common interest developments] and homeowners associations, and they also advocate on behalf of homeowners associations.
In addition, CAI offers a series of educational programs, both nationally and locally, for board members, property managers, and CID residents.”
For more information on how to get involved in your homeowners association, click on the button below to download IKO Community Management’s Guide To Getting Your Voice Heard: