HOAs Organize Volunteers for Service Projects

Story and photographs by Pamela Price

Originally printed in April 2010 issue of Leon Springs Community News 

Bill Vogle, far right, and Stage Run volunteers


While homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are most commonly thought of in their capacity to enforce covenant rules and restrictions, Leon Springs groups coordinate service and social activities for residents, too.

Take for instance the Stage Run HOA. On a recent sunny day in the neighborhood park, volunteer Bill Vogl stood before a small group of his fellow homeowners with a handmade poster board sign. Behind him, two children and their mother gathered trash and fallen limbs. In the parking lot sat a bright yellow sanitation truck on loan courtesy of Keep San Antonio Beautiful. Continue reading “HOAs Organize Volunteers for Service Projects”

The Writing Life

Nope, I didn’t write it (woulda/shoulda*), but this bit by J. Robert Lennon in the Los Angeles Times is spot on. If you write or love someone who writes, you owe it to yourself to go read it.

This is the part that most resonates with me: 

When you ask a writer a direct question, and he smiles and nods and then says “Well!” and turns and walks away without saying goodbye, he is actually working.

Yup. That’s me when I’ve got a lot of projects lined up OR am working on an idea.

Props to Colleen Vanderlinden (@C_Vanderlinden) for sending a link to Lennon’s piece.

* I spent 10 minutes deciding whether I could say “coulda/woulda/shoulda” or just “woulda/shoulda.” But Lennon’s a far superior writer to me… so went with the latter. These are the minutiae that consume me, at least until I find a typeo type-o.