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Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement

Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement

The holidays are here, and it’s time to enjoy the season and spend some time engaging with your residents. This time of year is perfect for planning a festive party or offering a little token of your appreciation to your residents. Despite the sound of it, you don’t have to spend a lot to help your community celebrate the holidays – a small investment can go a long way with these fun holiday ideas!


Cookie Exchange. Invite your residents to make sweet treats to share with one another. Consider providing bags or cookie tins so that each participant can take a few of their neighbors’ treats home to enjoy during the holidays.


Craft Night. Provide a ‘how-to’ event for creating festive holiday decor like wreaths or making handmade gifts like Cookies in a Jar. It’s not necessary for you to provide the materials – just be sure to send out a list to participants in advance so they have time to gather the necessary items!


Charity. The holidays are a time for giving back, so consider making a charitable donation on behalf of your residents or asking them to participate in a food or clothing drive. Not only is this a great way to help out those in need, but it also builds a sense of community among your residents.


Potluck Dinner. Invite your residents to bring their favorite holiday dish to share, and make the event fun by having music and a festively-decorated clubhouse to celebrate in. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another better and enjoy the season!


Share a Treat. Celebrate the whole month of December by providing holiday candy or a hot cocoa bar for residents to enjoy when they visit the community clubhouse. If your community is pet-friendly, consider offering treats for their furry friends, too.


Decorating Contest. Feeling festive? Host a contest allowing residents to decorate their apartment exterior for the holidays. Perhaps it’s a door decorating contest or a balcony decorating contest – all communities have different features, so use your imagination when planning your decorating contest!

The holidays are a great time to bring your residents together to celebrate and enjoy each others’ company. Small gestures make a large impact; so, consider using one of these ideas to spend some time with your residents this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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