Are you wondering whether you should become more involved in your community? The answer is yes! But why? There are several reasons why people get engaged with their communities, both personal and charitable. Here are some of the reasons why you should become more active in your city:
You can meet new people
Not only can you make new friends, but you can also make business connections who are outside of your usual circle. This can help keep you connected to what’s going on in your industry as well as your community. It’s also a good idea to get involved in your community if your thinking about making a career change or moving up in the field you currently work in. You will not only meet new people and learn about the career and the community, but you’re getting your name out there and building up a positive image through community involvement.
Giving back to your community builds inclusion and healthy communities
Communities are stronger when they come together. Volunteering can make that possible. Volunteering can bring people together who maybe would not come together usually. Additionally, communities that communicate and empathize with each other are more likely to have less crime and violence in their neighborhoods.
Build up your confidence while helping others feel good about themselves
Helping others is fun, and doing so will set an example that others will hopefully follow. Also, if you’re an introvert, community involvement can help boost your self-esteem and social skills, too.
Improve your skillset
You can build on the skills you already have and utilize for your career and use them to better your community. You can also learn new skills. Furthermore, volunteering can be a way to test out working in a career you may be interested in, without making a long-term commitment and to decide if you want to do that job or not. For instance, if you are considering working in education, find a way to volunteer at a local school. You may even discover a new hobby in the process or find an organization that you’re passionate about and can devote more time to helping.
Community involvement is a great way to get advice from others. You will be working with a more diverse group than you are typically involved with, who have been through various walks of life. Chances are, at least one of those people, if not more, will have valuable advice that you can apply to where you are in your own life.