Before this year, I had always just considered outreach as giving back to the community around us and worldwide, but I had never thought to look up the literal definition of the word, outreach. Community outreach can mean something different to every individual, but the most basic definition is that it is an activity of providing services to any population who might not have access to those services otherwise. It also says that a key component of outreach is that the groups who are providing are not stationary, but mobile. This actually makes a lot of sense to me and is something I learned about in my Servant Leadership class last year in school. In fact, we learned something called the Upside Down Principle of our culture versus what our world should look like. The three ones that stood out to me and relates to this community outreach are:
- To become a leader, you must become a servant
- You have to lose your life to find it (you must learn to sacrifice)
- You must give generously to receive.