As the number of new condo owners continues to grow, social committees are becoming a vital aspect to enjoying condo living. Social committees should not be mistaken for your condo association and the types of amenities ownership provides such as:
- Dog Runs
- Pet Washes and Grooming Areas
- Private Parks and Outdoor Areas
- Fitness Centres
- Swimming Pools
- Laundry Services
Rather social committees consist of residents, who volunteer their time to plan and prepare different events for the entire community.
The goal of social committees is to help residents find neighbours within their community who share similar interests through various activities and events. They help people and families feel more connected to their community and make it easier to find new friends. The range of events and activities social committees host includes:
- Team Sports
- Game Nights
- Cooking Classes
- Book Clubs
- Yoga Classes
- Family Nights
- Singles Nights
- Couples Nights
If your condo community does not currently have its own social committee, one can be formed following specific processes. The best place to start is to attend a condo board meeting and bring up the topic of forming a social committee. If some of your neighbours also feel the community could benefit from a social committee, make sure they attend the meeting with you to show the board there is already an interest.
During the meeting be prepared to present different ideas about the types of events that you are considering hosting. If the board is receptive to the idea of a social committee, ask their support and approval to form one. Once approved, the next step is to make residents aware of the new committee and attract volunteers to help grow the committee and lend their time in planning and preparing events.
For your first event, try to pick something that does not involve a huge expense and could take advantage of shared common areas, like hosting a community “pot-luck” dinner. Another option is to request a “reservation fee” to help offset the costs of food, like $5 per person, so you will have an accurate head count of the number of attendees.
It is also a good idea to keep board members informed of the progress and success of events. As support grows for the social committee, your next step is to ask the board to establish and approve an annual social committee budget. Contributions to the budget would be separate from the monthly/annual dues owners pay.
A good starting annual contribution amount is $50 per unit, but should be adjusted based upon the size of the community and number of events you intend to host, as well as be optional. In addition, you could also offer individual event costs, so households that want to attend, but may not want to pay the per unit cost, can still take part in the events they want to attend.
To ensure the success of your new social committee, remember to listen to feedback from residents about what types of events and activities they want. Not only will you help bring people together by listening to their needs, but also find interest in the social committee will continue to grow.
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