The election season is starting to roll around—someone out there in your community association could be the next volunteer. How do you cultivate those people and get them to run for the Board or a Committee position?
Some simple ways to identify people who could serve on the board:
- Year round homeowners – In resort communities finding a year around homeowner is helpful. They can report things during the off season and are another set of inspecting eyes for the community. Try to get these homeowners active.
- Complainers – It may seem counterproductive but, if the homeowner took the time to complain, that means they care. See if there is a position that would spark their interest and allow them to help guide the association.
- Small volunteer opportunities – Start potential volunteers with positions that require a small amount of work to perform and allow them to grow into bigger positions. Ask them to research native plant species to help with landscaping projects or count the ballots at the election.
- Appeal to the specific need – Have an accountant in your community? Consider asking them to help on the finance committee. Extra eyes are always needed!
- Meet other communities – Community Association Institute Expos have tons of free gifts and fun outings where you can learn from other homeowner Boards and managers.
The most important part of cultivating volunteers is thanking them publicly and appropriately—even the small jobs aren’t always easy.. They are giving their time to make where they live a better place. Make sure a ‘thank you’ is listed on the agenda!
We value the work done by volunteers and recognize the number of hours that it takes to run a great community. On behalf of all of us at Deeley Insurance Group – thank you for the commitment to your communities!