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Community Building

An active community is a great accomplishment. To keep the peace and harmony in a community is a gob well done. Here are a few ways to promote community spirit.

  • Hold a clothing drive. The board of Atrium in Arlington, Virginia, developed a program to support the work of the charitable organization, Unity Health Care. The organization put bins in Atrium’s health club. Residents put items-both new and used-in these bins. Unity Health Care then distributes these items to other charitable organizations in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
  • Promote health and well-being. Use your community center to host a blood drive and /or blood pressure and cholesterol screening. Call your hospital for area coordinators and services. Provide lemonade and cookies as snacks. This is also a great time to pass out a resident survey or just meet residents and gauge their needs.
  • Send thank-you notes. When someone volunteers-in any capacity-say thanks. Knowing that the board or manager appreciates their involvement goes a long way. It also may start a chain reaction of positive publicity for the board.
  • Look for a reason to celebrate. Celebrate your association’s success. Celebrate holidays-big and small, traditional and quirky. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and get people enthusiastic about the community.
  • Sponsor a safety seminar. Did you know that more than 80 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles? Coordinate a safety seminar with Emergency Services to educate parents and grandparents on this and other issues such as bicycle safety, Ident-a-Child, medical and medicine alert folders for 911 EMS responses to your home, and Neighborhood Watch.

Published by: Community Associations Institute Research Foundation