October 19, 2017

Committed to Communities, Committed to Personal Wellbeing

Community Banking

For over 85 years, CorTrust has been committed to supporting the 25 locations we serve in South Dakota and Minnesota. We do this by donating our time, expertise, financial resources, and caring spirit. What makes CorTrust unique is our staff's dedication to philanthropic activities, such as providing college scholarships, volunteering at food shelters, raking leaves for the elderly, or serving on the board of local nonprofits. Employees connect with the welfare of their communities and share the values of CorTrust Bank.

However, improving our communities is not always just about making an immediate difference; it also is about the wellbeing of our employees. There are greater benefits to giving back that are not always so obvious. For example, can you recall how you felt after volunteering your time? Perhaps you felt excited or good about yourself. In fact, research has shown that volunteering offers many positive health benefits. Here are just a few ways, from the Mayo Clinic Health System, helping others can actually help your overall wellbeing:

Volunteering decreases the risk of depression
Volunteering increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common interest - both of which have been shown to decrease depression.

Volunteering gives a sense of purpose and teaches valuable skills
The work that volunteers provide is essential to everyday processes, which gives volunteers a sense of purpose. Plus, volunteering can teach you practical skills. For example, team members in Sioux Falls recently volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Employees learned how to prepare structural bases, the process of pouring a basement foundation, repairing walls, and more.

Volunteering helps people stay physically and mentally active
One study found that, in general, volunteers report better physical and mental health. Think about it, volunteer activities get you moving and thinking at the same time - that's a win-win!

Volunteering may help you live longer
An analysis of data from the Longitudinal Study of Aging found that individuals who volunteer have lower morality rates than those who do not, even when controlling for age, gender, and physical health.

Volunteering helps you meet others and develop new relationships
One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people who have similar values.

As you can see, there are many benefits to volunteering beyond the work itself. Consider getting involved in your community today; after all, it will benefit both your overall wellbeing and your local area.