I'm always amazed at the level of effort many parents are willing to expend to make a school event successful. Thriving school communities are aided by an army of volunteer labor. Parents and our communities owe a lot to these warriors who willingly give up their free time, evenings and weekends to coordinate a fundraiser or manage ticket sales at the football games.
For a brief period of time, I attended the meetings for my oldest son's grad night planning committee. These people weren't kidding around. There were things that needed to get done -yesterday. And they all required a high degree of involvement. More than I was willing to give.
So why did these volunteers invest their precious time and valuable skills? I'm sure there are a plethora of reasons, but I observed a few points:
1. A love for their son or daughter and a commitment to creating a positive experience for him or her.
2. Pride in the reputation of both the school and the event.
3. A desire to use their skill and experience toward something of lasting value--people.
At Apartment Life we've seen the results from residents taking ownership in developing community events. It is a game changer. Of course, it takes more time and work to manage volunteers, but we have seen time and time again that the results are worth it. Invested residents equals property pride.
If you would like help from your residents in developing community events, give us a call. We would love to chat.