How do I join SWONA?
Print this form, fill it out and return it with $5 at the next meeting or mail it to:
PO Box 12672
Olympia, WA 98502
SWONA Membership application
Membership is $5 per year per person and is normally collected at the March “annual” meeting but you can bring it to any meeting.
What is a "neighborhood association"?
"We are the neighborhood association for South West Olympia. Our "mission" is to promote a sense of neighborhood through activities and communication. We are officially recognized by the city as the organization that represents the residents of South West Olympia.
Our purpose is to preserve and protect the character and infrastructure of the neighborhood, the rights of its residents, and the quality of the natural environment. We will do this through involving all neighborhood residents and businesses in full and democratic discussion of issues that affect the neighborhood’s quality of life, informing the city of our views and advocating on proposals that affect us, and providing an opportunity for social activity and interaction among neighbors."
A neighborhood association (NA) is a group of residents or property owners who advocate for or organize activities within a neighborhood. An association may have elected leaders and voluntary dues.
Some neighborhood associations in the United States are incorporated, may be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, and may enjoy freedom from taxation from their home state.
The term neighborhood association is sometimes incorrectly used instead of homeowners association (HOA). But neighborhood associations are not homeowners associations (HOA). An HOA is a group of property owners with the legal authority to enforce rules and regulations that focus on restrictions and building and safety issues. On the other hand, a neighborhood association is a group of neighbors and business owners who work together for changes and improvements such as neighborhood safety, beautification and social activities.