Within the world of finance and big business, it’s easy to get caught up in our own little bubble. Life has tons of stressors, and the daily grind can be exhausting.
Leading a fulfilling life is about more than just our own selfish ambitions, however. Giving back to the community and those less fortunate around us is a redeeming and wholesome activity – the best part of giving is receiving, as they say.
For those of us in solid financial positions and leading comfortable lives, the importance of service to the community is even greater. It takes hard work to reach that point, of course, but none of us got there without a few stokes of luck in the right places – and it behooves us to reach out to those who have been less fortunate in their lives. Here are a few reasons why your business giving back to the community can be a major positive for everyone involved:
Paying it Forward
Community service is about paying our good fortune forward to people who haven’t been so lucky. By volunteering of ourselves to help others, we’re setting an example throughout the community and for our children. The world would be a cold place if we never helped our fellow man in times of need, and setting the standard in your community is a great place to start.
Community service activities are a fantastic way to not only help the community, but bring it together. Especially in smaller communities, these are opportunities for people from all walks of life to cross paths in a positive environment. This community strength can be particularly valuable in extreme times of need, like a natural disaster or a death of an important community figure.
There are many practical benefits to community service, as well. Over 25 percent of American residents volunteer their time each year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, and this generates nearly 8 billion hours of service and over $175 billion worth of service hours. On top of that, over half the country gives at least $25 to some charity. These are massive sums going to well-deserving causes.
Giving back to someone in need just feels good – and that’s because it quite literally is. Acts of service have been proven to reduce stress levels in many people, and stress can be a direct cause of conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure. Low-stress individuals are often happier and healthier, benefits that can lead to increased illness resistance. Selfish reasons like these should never be the first cause for us to give back, but they certainly don’t hurt either.
How City Creek Mortgage Gives Back
At City Creek Mortgage, giving back to our Utah community is one of the pillars of our business. We find our daily tasks easier when we know we’ve helped serve those in need around us. Here are a couple of our most recent projects:
As the holiday season approaches, so does colder weather and greater amounts of need. Because it can be tough to know exactly where money is going once we give it to a person in need, and with a nod to the giving season fast approaching, we’re creating Blessing Bags.
Blessing Bags take the place of cash, and can be given as a kind of essentials bag to people in need of these basic items. Things like snacks, water bottles, hygiene items and even small fast food gift cards are all potential Blessing Bag fillers.
We’d love your help here! Hand out your own Blessing Bags and post pictures on our Facebook page.
At City Creek Mortgage, we support Rescue Rovers, a local dog shelter. Humans aren’t the only ones in need at this time of year, after all. There are plenty of pups in search of nothing but a friendly home with someone to care for them, and you can save a life by applying on their website or by calling 435-565-4031.