In almost every instance, the process of the resident-owned community acquiring the land beneath the neighborhood brings a community closer together. Not only do Members know far more of their neighbors than ever before, but they look out for one another, too.
Ask anyone at a successful ROC about what makes them work so well and they’ll tell you it’s the volunteers. It’s important to make volunteering fun and easy — find ways to make helping out enjoyable for Members. Does a neighbor enjoy flower gardening? Ask if he’ll help out on the Beautification Committee. Know someone who works as a construction firm? See if she’ll help out on the mail shed replacement project.
Happy volunteers make eager and willing volunteers. Don’t forget that even the most modest helpers appreciate a thank-you for their efforts.
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