This year’s summer networking program is focused on making new connections and giving back through service. We’ve heard many TRUST members and non-members express interest in partnering together to give back to the community. So, on August 8 the TRUST will volunteer at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan for an event in a fun, relaxed environment where all attendees can get to know one another through a collaborative activity.
This service event is sure to inspire! I’m a firm believer that we gain more than we give when we’re involved in philanthropic and humanitarian giving. Here are several reasons why giving back is important.
- Gaining Gratitude – When we give to others it creates feelings of compassion and reminds us how much we have to be grateful for.
- Stronger Communities – We strengthen communities when we unite together for a common cause as people. This encourages conversations and interactions many people would not ordinarily experience.
- Culture of Giving – A moment of giving can spark a broader spirit of giving. We are often inspired by others in our communities who give in a variety of ways, which creates ripple effects as we give back and inspire others.
- Building the Future – When you give back by donating or volunteering, you are helping to build a better future for someone else. Perhaps you are helping to feed, house or clothe a child or family. These actions are essential building blocks for creating better tomorrows for those in need.
- Health & Well-being Boost – Those who give back tend to increase health and well-being benefits due to increased feelings of happiness, lower stress levels, boost in morale and a sense of a greater purpose in life.
- Grow as a Person – It’s nearly impossible to give back to others and not be touched by an increase in emotional awareness as well as consideration for others. As we’re exposed to new and different people and experiences, we grow more in touch with our humanity.
There are profound benefits, immediate and long-term, for both the giver and the recipient when we give back. There is great potential for creating stronger, kinder communities and individuals. Hopefully you have found some added inspiration to give back in your own life and to join the TRUST on August 8. I hope to see you then as we give back to the community at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, followed by additional networking afterward at the Mason Jar!
Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, President of Medicare & Federal Employee Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.