What is Westside Outside?
what we do… outside
Westside Outside is a unique Westside program designed to help students develop a heart of compassion. It exposes our students to what God wants to do through them and encourages them to serve outside the school for an “open-heart” encounter with the poor, oppressed, and hurting people in our community and around the world.
Our core values include:
Compassion: We are courageous, finding new ways to show Christ’s compassion.
Humility: We serve as we live from a position of humility.
Collaboration: We develop community in a spirit of collaboration.
Restoration: We are creative in our expression with the purpose of restoration.
Justice: We are provoked to engage where justice and relief are absent or repressed
GET OUT! Serve Day
Annually our students, families, and faculty serve nearly two-dozen local non-profit organizations in the greater Portland metro area. This Serve Day provides an opportunity for students to see into a window of need, actually step into it, and experience the blessing of giving through their time, treasure, and talent.
Many Westside students have become a part of a rich tradition of volunteering at the Special Olympics. For over fifteen years we have served with distinction as a school that wants to bring the love of Christ to these events and show value to those who, like us, are created uniquely in God’s image.
Through Bridgetown Ministries, Westside students are offered a variety of opportunities to serve the homeless right here in Portland. Students have served at Bridgetown’s Night Strike, a weekly expression of love and blessing to Portland’s homeless, assisted with special projects surrounding the holiday season, or participated in a week-long local “mission trip”.
Westside-Outside Service Hours
This is a voluntary program designed to encourage student stewardship of their God-given gifts in service. Those who participate and reach the suggested minimum goal of 100 hours during their time at Westside receive recognition at our graduation ceremonies.
Student Service Opportunities
Though individuals can serve anytime and in a variety of ways, there are also structured opportunities for students to serve through their class. These are voluntary events but provide valuable times for students to link arms with their peers in service.
Westside Outside also provides support for student-led initiatives that encourage community awareness of the needs beyond our walls. An example of this is Justice Week.
Westside offers a unique opportunity for our students to have their hearts and worldviews stretched through our relationship with Grace Ministries of Krasang, Thailand. Grace Ministries is committed to the prevention of child exploitation in all of its forms in Thailand. Grace Ministries provides the children with a safe and loving home, as well as an education all the way through college. The staff at Grace Ministries believes that the young people in their care will become leaders and change agents in their country and will make Thailand a safer place for children.
This unique partnership allows Westside to send teams each June to serve and form redemptive relationships between Grace Ministries’ students and ours. About two dozen Westside students travel to Thailand each summer to spend three weeks with their counterparts. They serve this ministry by teaching English in two of Krasang’s public schools and embracing their Thai friends with unconditional love. Training, team building, and debriefing sessions are provided to help students integrate the transforming work of Christ in their three-week experience and then re-enter and impact their own homes and culture.
The Westside community also owns the responsibility and blessing of raising funds to support facility development and the ongoing expenses of expanding Grace Ministries.