• Espress Your Support. HopeBlend’s crisp citrus flavor is complemented by delicate, full floral notes, finished with a light, sweet, caramel-apple body, made from beans sourced in Asia, Africa, and Central America, all blended by The Roasterie, a Kansas City-based company. It’s 10 ounces of whole-bean, Fair Trade Certified inspiration, and part of the proceeds goes directly to Outreach. You’ll get more than just the brew when you buy this item -- you’ll get an Outreach mug from which to savor it, too! Take a mighty, empathetic swig every morning, and feel the jolt of all the good for which you’re responsible. Powerful stuff.
  • What’s the only essential element of community-led development? Leadership! Okay, and also a community too, but the local leaders thing is our organizing principle. Doing our best means knowing the most, and the more people who know the particulars, the more we can do together. Equip and inform local leaders with basic values, knowledge and skills in problem-solving, organizational development and management.
  • Create the Ripple Effect. The Outreach Process is our proven, effective approach to resolving poverty through community involvement, individual empowerment, and sustainable methods for continued success. Our staff works closely to develop communities and build partnerships between neighbors, ensuring your gifts are more than just another handout.
  • As Good as it Nets. Mosquitos just can’t take a hint. An epoch’s-worth of smashing and squishing hasn’t diminished their taste for humanity one iota. Mosquito nets protect children and families from illness, itchiness, and irritation while they sleep soundly, secure in the knowledge that there won’t be any bite-bite after night-night.
  • Look, there on the ground! It's a basin! It's a dispenser! It's a—jar? Sure, why not? Whatever you call it, the function and benefits are the same for our partners: A trustworthy, in-home, refillable means of storing and dispensing clean water that keeps contaminants out while saving time and effort. Plus, it sort of looks like a nose, which is fun.
  • Ask the pros: Stars are the best vessel for wishes. This year's Outreach Ornament is a celebration of the people who make up our constellation of supporters, volunteers, staff and partner communities, as well as a dangly reminder of all the hopes we fulfill and empowerment we inspire in each others' lives. Just like Outreach's methodology and rationale, this year's ornament has a lot of excellent points, and a well-rounded support structure.
  • NEW! Share of a Cow + Carrie the Cow NEW! Share of a Cow + Carrie the Cow
    The best bargain in the barnyard is this bovine bonanza: A share of a cow, and a cow to share! Real cows provide hauling power, fertilizer, meat, milk and an increased level of income, Carrie the stuffed cow provides comfort, delight, squeezability and giggles, and you provide a sensible, charitable example for everyone to follow.
  • The only thing more sustainable than Outreach's brand of empowerment is solar power (we're working hard to reach the #1 spot, though). Combine the best of both worlds with a solar panel for community water tanks! A storage tank equipped with a solar-powered pump and a battery to store extra juice for rainy days means that instead of a centralized well serving lots of people, water can be distributed throughout a community, and partners can enjoy their own hyper-local access points, rain or shine.
  • A salad with only one ingredient isn't a 'salad,' it's an 'ingredient.' Provide a variety of seeds for our partners' gardens, and you'll provide an agricultural buffer against potential pests, inhospitable weather, and a greater earning income at market after harvest time. Around the table, you'll ensure that families' diets are more varied and nutritious, and that every meal is as filling as it is fulfilling.
  • Think about your first bike: It was likely your first taste of freedom, and your first tug of responsibility. Whether or not you had a plan–or even roads–you were ready to roll. For kids in Outreach-affiliated communities, bikes are a both a practical means of navigating unpredictable road conditions and a nice metaphor for our approach to empowerment: Combining human-centric determination, effort and balance to build inertia and blaze a path toward whatever destination they have in mind (once they're home from school).
  • A hammermill offers an ever-present, local means of pulverizing raw materials like maize and cassava beans into ready-to-use ingredients for every meal. Since many children spend their days helping their families by lugging heavy bags to larger mills located in far-off locales instead of attending school regularly, a neighborhood hammermill serves up yummier, more nutritious meals, as well as more time for everyone to tackle all the other things on their plates.
  • Thanks to the innovative determination of a number of women in Outreach-affiliated communities, addressing basic healthcare needs no longer demands a long trip to a distant clinic and a stack of unexpected expenses. Visiting mobile clinics are an affordable, convenient, professional way for women of all ages to get well, stay safe, and feel great. From screenings to checkups to all the treatments in between, visiting nurses and doctors ensure that patients avoid preventable issues, lead longer, healthier lives, and are treated as equals, not numbers.
  • Water sources vary between communities and climates, but many of our partners' access points are distant wells or basins fed by snow-capped hills and mountains above, which can pick up detritus on its way downhill. A filter provides more protection against harmful contaminants, and another way to keep everyone healthy for the empowerment ahead.
  • Motivate the motivators. Not that teachers are in it for the money, but with so many empowering to-dos on everyone's lists, it's important that all time is time well spent. Teachers provide a comforting, trusting atmosphere for students-of-a-certain-age to build confidence and skills as they students their curiosity, and work toward a future where they can put their knowledge to use and teach the next generation.
  • Literacy unlocks the world. Beyond providing instruction and information, it's a foundation for innovation, inspiration, and introspection in readers. Adult literacy classes are perhaps the most fundamental, practical means of empowerment for our community partners, as they learn to demystify the written world and find meaning in the words around them.
  • As the superhighway between your head and your heart, your neck occupies an important spot on your body. It's the reason you're able to consider Outreach's mission, then finding yourself so inspired by our data-driven developmental supremacy that you decide to become a supporter! Just as untold waves slowly transformed angles into curves, Outreach's work with our community partners steadily contours lives to reshape hopes into plans, plans into goals, and goals into triumphs. Honor your own role in transforming communities around the world while also adding a burst of color to all your local outfits!
  • Piglet + Pedro the Pig Piglet + Pedro the Pig
    That's Some Pig! Pedro's just as charming as his biological counterpart, but twice as cuddly. Buy a real pig from our catalog, and we'll send you Pedro, who arrives prepped and ready for your affection. This purchase includes a plush toy piglet named Pedro, who measures 7" long from tip to tail.
  • Goat + Gracie the Goat Goat + Gracie the Goat
    The Gifts that Keep on Goating! Finally, a goat that will let you nuzzle it as much as you want! Real goats have work to do. Gracie the Goat's only mission is to provide unlimited cuddle privileges. She's as selfless as an Outreach supporter—specifically, an Outreach supporter who orders a goat from our catalog and gets Gracie as a free gift. This purchase includes a plush toy goat named Gracie, who measures 6" tall from hoof to head.
  • The best ribbon one can win? Blue. Best medal? Gold. Best planet? Earth. Best ornament for your tree? These, celebrating the work we do together all over the world, and the resplendent twinkle that reflects all the beautiful people looking on, eyes bright with wonder. Just like your tree, the good stuff we create together is evergreen.
  • Lookin' Good. What's the world look like through Outreach-colored glasses? Beautiful, hopeful, and free of strain. Even better, while your eyes are most certainly protected by these sunglasses, your view of the bright future our work ensures will never dim.
  • Keep animals cozy, dry, and safe, so their owners can keep them happy, healthy, and profitable. It's not just an animal house, it's an animal home.
  • Dish It Out. Bring families together and help them fill their tummies with nutritious, home-cooked meals, while they fill their hearts with memories of the time they spend together.
  • Sure, you can save some money building a house out of sticks or straw. But for real, lasting shelter, you're gonna want to invest in something more resistant to heat, cold, rain, and the huffs and puffs of pushy wolves. Just like all of Outreach's work, the right materials, expertly applied, last a lifetime.
  • Spread Generosity, Not Germs. Bad news: Poor hygiene is one of the most persistent, ruinous issues facing those in impoverished communities. Good news: Hand-washing stations are a simple, social way to promote hygienic habits, so the only thing going viral is the news of how to stay healthy.
  • Farmer Fund-amentals. Agricultural practices evolved over thousands of years, so new farmers have some catching up to do. Forget about teaching a person to fish—teach people to farm, and you'll equip them with valuable skills, as well as giving us a more expansive metaphor for sustainable success we can use in our future marketing materials!
  • Fill 'er Up. It's hard to improve on the bucket. A time-tested means of conveyance, it remains the most sensible, effective means to transport most liquids and many solids. With water collection such a central part of daily life in Outreach-affiliated communities, buckets are on every list.
  • No, not a "care package" for animals, mailing a batch of cookies to beasts of burden from back home—an "animal care" package, for people! This year, provide a suite of vaccines, wellness clinics and thorough instruction for new animal owners to help them best care for their animals. If the animals are well-behaved, they might get some cookies, but we're not promising anything.
  • Do Good. Do Well. Life without clean water is shorter and more stressful. The addition of a water well in a community is as life-changing as it is lifesaving. It returns trust to simple acts such as drinking, cooking, and bathing, eliminating the specter of waterborne disease lurking in every drop. Without a well nearby, community members spend hours each day walking long distances, waiting in long lines, carrying heavy containers, and boiling every drop, instead of working to earn a living or focusing on addressing other needs present in their lives. Add a well, and watch the rising tide lift all boats' more time every day to earn income, do household chores, raise families, and relax at the end of it all with a well-earned glass of refreshment.
  • Duck, Duck, Choose. In an uncertain world, you can count on ducks. They're here to help! As self-starters, they give eggs regularly and without complaint, and their fastidious nature minimizes upkeep costs. They hold up their end of the arrangement. Any incidental costs? Just put it on their bill.
  • Use the (Work) Force. Empower women, men, and parents to apply their skills, labor, and ingenuity to earn a living and build a career. Specialization in a given trade or field means business owners can command a fair rate for their goods or services, and patrons can meet their own farming, business, or household needs more effectively.
  • Do Good. Do Well. Life without clean water is shorter and more stressful. The addition of a water well in a community is as life-changing as it is lifesaving. It returns trust to simple acts such as drinking, cooking, and bathing, eliminating the specter of water-borne disease lurking in every drop. Without a well nearby, community members spend hours each day walking long distances, waiting in long lines, carrying heavy containers, and boiling every drop, instead of working to earn a living or focusing on addressing other needs present in their lives. Add a well, and watch the rising tide lift all boats' more time every day to earn income, do household chores, raise families, and relax at the end of it all with a well-earned glass of refreshment.
  • Goat Houses Keep Goats from Feeling Baa-d. Everyone loves goats for their gentle, curious nature and sweet widdle faces. We love goats because they're so gosh-darned sensible: Their modest appetites, high output of nutritious milk and nutrient-packed fertilizer, and their self-governing social structure means when a goat's around, everyone feels a little bit better.