Not only are companies looking for employees that take initiative beyond their job description, but employees are also looking for companies that give back. Community involvement is a two-way street. An employee that looks out for the little things and shows dedication to professional and personal growth is essential to a brand’s success. In part, this dedication shows in involvement beyond the walls of work.
These kinds of employees are more attracted to companies that show a real interest in investing beyond their brand. A brand they can believe in inspires loyalty and a desire to contribute. Community involvement is essential for continued growth in and outside the workplace. Let’s take a look at why.
The Benefits of Community Involvement
It’s not just about looking like an attractive potential employee or company, there are actual tangible benefits. Getting involved with your community is just as much about growing who you are as it is about your curriculum vitae.
Working alongside others from varying backgrounds allows you to learn from other people. Improving your professional and personal skills help you to become a more rounded person. Exposure to other backgrounds also helps people be more empathetic to the people around them.
These community organizations give you leadership opportunities you didn’t have before. In a professional setting, many people are promoted before they have a chance to learn real leadership skills. This causes problems in the workplace as they figure out their new role. Community involvement allows you to start small and learn valuable leadership skills in ways that won’t have a permanent impact on your career.
Anywhere you are is a chance to do some professional networking. In life, experiences and connections are rewards in themselves. You never know who you will run into in this opportunity to meet new people and expand your network.
Someone is generally always keeping an eye on you. Getting others involved by inspiring them is rewarding, too! Let your passion be the spark that lights a fire inside somebody else.
How to Get Involved in Your Community
There are already so many community involvement opportunities around you! While overwhelming, it’s also so rewarding. If you need to, start with an interest of yours, then search for involvement opportunities surrounding it. Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling.
Teach a class at your local library.
Whether it’s baking, writing, or coding, teaching what you know is a great way to pay it forward.
Volunteer at the local hospital
Medical centers are always in need of volunteers. Sometimes the best medicine is a warm smile and your time.
Join a local community cleanup
Keep your area beautiful and use the time to chat with your fellow volunteers.
Join a mentor program
Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow, take some time to guide and invest in them.
Community Involvement Programs
In any case, if you want to join an official organization, there are always thousands of community involvement programs available. Some are local only, while you might find others in multiple states across the country. Some to consider are, for example:
- Salvation Army
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Red Cross
- Habitat for Humanity
- Boy’s and Girl’s Club
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