Resources and ideas that don’t involve donating money.
Written by Lulu Li, Potencia Marketing Coordinator
The Importance of Giving Back
“You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” -Seth Parker
Communities are built by people like you and me who take the time to contribute towards local causes. Notice I said time, not money. Financial contributions are a fantastic way to give back to the community, but it’s not always feasible.
But in our lives, giving time can be hard. There’s nothing wrong with that. Life happens.
The important thing to remember is that giving back is just as beneficial to yourself as it is to your community.
Uniting people and bridging gaps. If every neighborhood had even a small group of people come together every weekend, the number of individuals you interact with will increase exponentially.
What does this mean for you? This means that you will gain a broadened perspective of the world. You will grow as an empathetic and effective member of your community by better understanding the circumstances of your neighbors. Working with diverse teams will help you build your communication and leadership abilities.
Build new friendships while also strengthening your existing relationships.
Altruism also has health benefits. The Longitudinal Study of Aging found that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who do not, even when controlled for physical health.
The Mayo Clinic highlights reduced stress levels due to volunteering. This is because your social circles are enhanced while furthering your senses of meaning and appreciation. Reducing your stress levels in turn reduces your risk of disease. The Corporation for National and Community Service found that states with high volunteer rates also have lower mortality rates and lesser instances of heart disease.
Source: Corporation for National and Community Service
Grab a few friends and convince them to join you on these volunteering ideas we offer you. Remind them that:
Giving money is not the only way to give back
You can gain valuable personal and career skills through volunteering
By strengthening your community, you are strengthening your own network