Help me build some community spirit.
June 30, 2012 12:29 PM Subscribe
How can I encourage people to participate in our neighborhood association? What fun events can we plan for our community that will get people fired up about being a part of it? And last but not least, how can I encourage people to pay the very reasonable association dues?
posted by Ostara to human relations (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got frustrated with the apathy and lack of community involvement in our neighborhood, and ended up on the board of our little neighborhood association.
Our neighborhood association covers a subdivision of about 250 homes that were built around 1990. Right now, the neighborhood is about 70% young families and about 30% older folks or empty nesters. Usually only 10-15 people will attend the association meeting which is held once a year.
Everyone is happy to attend our kid-oriented neighborhood events, like the 4th of July parade and the Easter Egg hunt, but no one wants to help plan them. This year, one person literally had to stuff 2,000 plastic eggs by herself for the egg hunt. I would like to encourage people to participate in the planning and execution of these events, not just attendance.
(It gets really frustrating, too, to have people complain about how an event is handled when no one wants to contribute. We cancelled our July 4th parade this year because of lack of interest and I'm already getting complaints about that ...)
I'm also struggling with planning events that will appeal to the folks that don't have kids at home any more. They feel left out when we plan events that cater more towards families with kids.
Our dues are just $25 per year, but we're only able to collect from about 1/4 of the homeowners.
Thanks in advance!