Release the Hero Within:
The Outreach360 Mission Statement is to "Release the Hero Within". Our focus is on releasing the Hero Within the orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children we work with. As we do that, it has a ripple effect and extends to everyone who comes in contact with Outreach360!
The Children we Work With:
The children we work with are intelligent, have great personalities, and a lot of hidden talent and abilities. Because of their situation in life, they have not had the opportunities to develop and release those talents. They don't have access to excellent schools, to sports leagues, music and art lessons, travel opportunities, etc. The driving force behind the creation of Outreach360 and it's ongoing operation is providing opportunities to those kids, to Release the Hero Within.
As we work with the children, we come in contact with many local adults - people who also have not been blessed with the same opportunities for education and other opportunities we have. People in the communities where we work, staff at the orphanage, and other peop;e we work with give us an opportunity to help Release the Hero Within them, too.
The process of our volunteers serving, of donating and raising funds, and of involving other people in this cause Releases the Hero Within our volunteers. You cannot have an impact on others, without having an impact on yourself. Many volunteers feel at the end of their trip that they gained as much, if not more, from the trip than the children they were serving.
The mission of Outreach360 is large, and can involve much more than our volunteers and the people we serve. Volunteers are the heart of Outreach360, donors are the lifeblood. Everytime a volunteer invites a donor to become a financial sponsor, or a donor donates on their own, the Hero is Released Within that financial donor. Your financial donation can Release the Hero Within just as much as your volunteering of time.
Serve, Don't Help:
One of the ten principles we talk about with our volunteers is "Serve, Don't Help". With the best of intentions, "Helping" can be seen as one superior person helping an inferior person. Volunteers will often arrive ready to "help the poor orphanage children"; it can unconciously be almost condescending. Instead, we discuss "Serving" which is a two way street - we serve, and we are served. The people we are working with have something to gain from the interaction, and we have something to gain.
Likewise, Releasing the Hero Within is not something we do to someone else. Through service, and by involving other people, Releasing the Hero Within just happens. It happens to the people we are serving, and it happens to us.
A primary philosophy and approach of Outreach360 is to involve other people in this cause. We encourage you to involve other people as volunteers, and other people as donors. Don't be selfish and try to do it all yourself. If you volunteer your time, and write a check for your program donation, you have Released the Hero Within one person - yourself. If you invite friends and family to join you on a trip, or people from your school or church, you are creating a possibility for them to make a difference - to Release the Hero Within Them. And if you invite those same people to become a financial donor, you are also giving them the opportunity to Release the Hero Within. Be generous! It all starts with you! Have fun, play big!
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."