The Holidays are a wonderful time to bring people together. Young and old, neighbors
gather together to celebrate the holidays with peace and joy. Most communities are very fortunate to have many diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions and traditions. One thing all people have in common is the belief that the holidays are for celebrating families, for helping one another, and for celebrating all that we have to be grateful for in life.
Residents who lead and volunteer on the HOA board often try to bring the community together during the holidays. They want to help residents get in the spirit of giving and sharing.
Here are 7 event ideas that your HOA can plan for community togetherness during the holiday season.
1. A Charitable Donation Drive: Organize a toys for tots drive or canned goods drive to help needy families during the holidays.
2. Organize a White Elephant gift exchange. Have the event at the clubhouse or common area and have participating residents bring snacks to share.
3. Hold a holiday tree decorating contest. Ask residents to decorate small trees and select a winner.
4. Organize a Holiday cake bake off! Have residents get their best recipes and bake holiday cakes and have the HOA members vote!
5. Organize a community Progressive Party. Each participating homeowner provides a different item: appetizer, salad, side dish, etc and you eat "Dinner" as you move from house to house. Have a sign up for families that want to be involved in the event. Each family signs up for a time slot and opens their home to the group. First family has an appetizer, second family has first course, and so on. A few families can double up to lessen the burden of preparing the dish.
6. Recipe Exchange - Have homeowners submit a favorite recipe for their favorite dish: chocolate dessert, favorite side dish, etc. Have the residents bring a sample of the finished dish to share and share the recipe.
7. Organize a volunteer day or evening event for your residents to participate in. Contact your local food bank or soup kitchen and arrange for your residents to help cook or feed the needy. It's a great way for your community to give back.
Community events come in many varieties with many different purposes. The holidays are the best time of year to get people involved. Regardless of the purpose or the sponsor, involvement in community events can benefit all involved.
Announce a board meeting and delegate a special committee to start planning a holiday event in your community. You may be surprised how people come together.