Neighbors Helping Neighbors Hot
The economy hit our community hard over the past few years. We had residents coming in daily telling us of their struggles to even put food on the table. We wanted to do more then just a free slice of pizza every now and then, so we came up with a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Resident Food Pantry. The items donated by residents were made available to fellow neighbor residents in need. We used the frig and pantry space in our model to house the item, and as a bonus it made for a "strong sense of community" selling tool when prospects asked about it on tours.
One of our properties did the same kind of thing around Thanksgiving. They gave their food drive donations back to some of the needy families in the community. A few residents gave money, which the team turned into gift cards and turkey dinners, which they got at a reduced price from the local grocery store. Great idea!