What's the value of giving back to your community? Besides the obvious financial benefits you may give to those most vulnerable in your community, there several other reasons:
- Broaden your perception of the world and those around you. You'll gain a greater sense of purpose in your life when you're reaching out to others. While working with and serving others, you'll open your eyes to new experiences and maybe even see things from a different perceptive.
- Get to know others in your community and feel more connected. Imagine working alongside those who care about the same thing you do? You may not think exactly the same, but you'll have a deeper connection than you may have before. You'll make new friends and broaden your circle of influence.
- Make a difference in what matters most to you. You'll feel you have made a difference in something that matters to you (whatever your cause maybe). And statistics show this leads to a healthier life - both mentally and physically.
How can you get involved in your community?
There are many ways you can get involved in Santa Cruz County. First of all, you can donate to one of our 12 local non-profit organizations in our RETURN THE FAVOR giving campaign. It's quick and easy to do. Donate here. If you're looking for local volunteer opportunities, visit the SC Volunteer website. Even if you only donate a few hours of time each month, you will be making a huge difference in the lives of others.