Three Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Community

Posted on Thursday August 18, 2016

Moving into a condominium community comes with a lot of nice perks. Your common areas are maintained, you get great amenities, and you often have opportunities to make new friends. But you also have responsibilities, and one of the most important ones is to make your voice heard.
Resident involvement is crucial for your condo corporation to function effectively and for homeowners to enjoy the quality of life your community promises. It also goes long way in protecting your property value. Without it, your community simply cannot thrive.
If you’d like to get more involved in your community but just don’t know how, take a look at the three recommendations below, listed in order of commitment level. More commitment means more work, of course. But remember that the greater the effort, the greater the rewards.

1. Go to your annual meeting.
At a minimum, you should be attending your condo corporation’s annual meeting and voting for your board members. Annual meetings allow you to find out about condo business directly from board members and your community manager (if your community is managed by a condominium management company). Voting at your annual meetings is also an important way to make a difference and help shape your community’s future. 
Beyond the business that occurs at annual meetings, these events provide an opportunity to meet other residents and become more connected. Your bylaws will indicate how often annual meetings must be held. You should also receive plenty of advance notice by such methods as email, postal mail, newsletter notification, or bulletin board announcements.
2. Join a committee.
If you want to participate even more, you can volunteer to work on a committee. Committee volunteers are usually appointed by the condo board. Their role is to advise board members and provide recommendations on specific community issues. Among the types of committees many condo corporations have are maintenance, communications, social, and landscaping.
Participating on a committee is an important way to contribute to the betterment of your community. It also provides an opportunity to work directly with other residents or stakeholders who share similar skills, interests, or backgrounds. In addition, volunteering on a committee can provide a stepping stone to becoming a member of your board of directors down the road. Learn how to be a more effective committee member. 
3. Run for a board position.
If you really want to have a positive effect on your community, become a board member. When you volunteer to serve on your board, you accept responsibility for making decisions and taking actions that benefit the community as a whole. For example, you might work to ensure that common areas are properly maintained.
Running for a board position is not a decision to take lightly. It involves a significant amount of time and dedication. You also have the fiduciary responsibility of looking out for the best interests of the condo corporation and its members. Learn more about the functions of a condominium board.
Becoming involved in your condo corporation is a great way to gain a better understanding of your community, to make a difference in shaping its future, and to enhancing the quality of life for you and all of your neighbors.
To find out more about how your condo corporation can partner with a management company to help improve your community, contact FirstService Residential or fill out the form below.

Getting involved in your condominium community, even in a small way, is important to its effective operation. Here’s how you can make a difference.

Want to read more articles like this? Fill out the form below to join our mailing list and we’ll send them right to your inbox!