AMG Fix It Seeks Food Donations on Behalf of The Giving Plate Food Bank
Local handyman company, AMG Fix It, and partner Aperion Management Group, a Central Oregon Homeowners’ Association management company, has been coordinating with The Giving Plate to set up food donation spots on Thursday, April 16. The AMG Fix It van will be parked in Renaissance Ridge from 3-5pm (by the community pool/pavilion on Aspen Ridge Drive) for residents to drop off food behind the van while continuing to social distance.“The Giving Plate has recently experienced a 55 percent increase in the number of individuals accessing help and a 79 percent increase in children we are helping through our Kid’s Korner program,” said Giving Plate Executive Director Ranae Staley. “We are also seeing less food donated, and the support from AMG Fix It and Aperion is priceless as we work to share food and share hope with our neighbors in need.”
Everything from produce, canned goods, kid’s foods, baked goods and toiletries can be donated. A more detailed list of food and other items that are needed and can be found at the following link: thegivingplate.org/donate.
“We understand that with the recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19, even more families are at risk for losing access to food security if donations don’t increase,” said AMG Fix It Manager Bryan Ricci. “No matter how small of a donation or act, you can make a difference, and that’s exactly why we want to lend our van to helping pick up donations.”
If you are unable to donate at the spot listed above, please consider going to thegivingplate.org/donate and supporting them with a financial donation.
Facilities and finances probably weren’t top of mind for many community association residents before the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, as residents spend more time at home and household income possibly decreases, association expenses have come into focus. Are costs going down because the pool is off limits? Is the association saving money since the clubhouse is closed and kids can’t play in the playground? How does this impact my assessments? Will the association continue collections?
Homeowners are asking whether associations plan to decrease or completely hold off on charging assessments. It’s a tough conversation for community association board members and community managers to have because we know this isn’t a possible outcome regardless of the circumstances.
Those of us who have managed communities through tough economic downturns know that collections will be challenging, and it will take a while for association finances to recover. That still doesn’t mean assessments can stop or decrease for contracted maintenance and upkeep, or that the value of our management services goes down.
Temporarily closing the pool doesn’t stop ongoing maintenance requirements. Cancelling the contract would have an adverse impact on property values once the pool fills with algae and parts break, requiring larger expenses than would have been incurred to maintain it as usual.
Cutting back on landscaping services would have a similar result, as overgrowth or dead plant material would negatively impact the community both short- and long-term. Minimizing the value of contracted security takes away a great asset that keeps eyes and ears on the property and enforces facility closures. These contracted expenses were put in the budget for a reason, and they’re still important.
Projects that have been budgeted in the reserves fund and planned for years should go on as long as proper safety and social distancing measures are taken by contractors. Managers and contractors may find it’s easier to accomplish some projects while fewer owners are in the common areas, such as repainting interiors, replanting areas with heavy foot traffic, and making repairs to laundry facilities that have constant use.
If it can be avoided, the reserve fund should not be used to offset operating costs; associations that use reserve funds in this way will take years to recover.
How about the community management contract? Homeowners may believe that community managers now have fewer obligations since amenities are closed, but there are still contracts to coordinate, residents to assist, and legal requirements to meet. It’s not an option to let the insurance lapse or choose to let litigation go unanswered. Someone needs to pay the association’s bills, process architectural review applications, and keep the proverbial wheels for the association going in all sorts of ways.
Now is the time when community managers can become familiar with their association’s budget and figure out if there are any places to cut costs, deploy resources to accomplish projects under a changing timeline, and build deeper relationships with the contractors who service their communities.
How will your community handle questions from homeowners about assessments and continue collections? Comment below.
Maureen Radon is a Senior Community Manager at Aperion Management Group.
Article originally published in CAI Community Manager Ungated Blog April 2020.
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