People often consider giving back as an activity that requires a lot of effort on their end with little takeaway for their labor. I hope to combat that misunderstanding with four benefits of charitable outreach.

 

It’s good for your health.

People often associate community outreach with feeling good, but it really does make you feel good. Aside from the emotional benefits, there are plenty of reports on the physical benefits like improved heart health and boosted morale to name a few. Recent research conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service reveals that charitable work literally makes the heart grow stronger.

Evidence supports the belief that charitable actions release endorphins that produce a ‘helper’s high.’ You can feel happier, healthier and ultimately live longer as a result of your humanitarian efforts.

 

Outreach improves your skill set and value in the workplace.

Whether it’s through corporate social responsibility efforts or your personal outreach efforts, these actions create an opportunity to develop new skills that will benefit you in (and out of) the workplace. Forbes says, “Nonprofits have long offered a golden opportunity to network and learn new skills in different areas, something that, in turn, will make you more valuable back in the office,” so in addition to networking you become a new source of valuable insight for the office.

Outreach builds empathy, in particular, a valuable trait for any office. Empathetic employees are more likely to move up the ladder to leadership positions. As one Forbes writer says, “I am certain that the ability to connect with and relate to others—empathy in its purest form—is the force that moves businesses forward.” Empathy is often a lifeline for corporations, and by exhibiting your compassion, you prove to be a vital part of your work’s ecosystem.

 

Philanthropy is an excellent opportunity to network.

Outreach creates a hub for socially conscious business savvy individuals – just the type of people you want to build relationships with. As Fortune highlights, “The people you know determine what you can get done and what opportunities you can take advantage of.” People who enjoy the same causes as you do are more open to the prospect of helping you because you support an organization they are passionate about. Use outreach as an opportunity to grow your network and build mutually beneficial relationships.

 

Your time is precious to organizations.

It doesn’t take much to reap the benefits of giving back either. As mentioned in Forbes, Research shows tangible positive changes by volunteering just 100 hours per year–a figure that works out to a not-too-onerous two hours per week.” In those two hours though, you could make a world of impact for an organization.

As a volunteer, you make a tangible impact for your community and on the lives of those your helping. Be it as simple as a small donation or as large as a daily commitment to a local charity; every action bears a positive reaction.