CSU Servant Leadership Students Raise Funds for Warrior Outreach Community Center

Warrior Outreach in Fortson, Georgia, recently broke ground on a new community center for veterans, thanks to $15,000 in funding raised by Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership senior class.

“We decided on Warrior Outreach because we live in a large community of military, active, reserves, National Guard, and veterans from all branches,” said, Ellie Pippas, senior Servant Leadership student.  “CSU Servant Leadership has never had a senior project that has touched the lives of our military community, and Warrior Outreach’s mission hit close to home for our senior class. We love what Sam Rhodes and his wife stand for and their mission to help veterans and their families with their support, horses, and good company.”

Each year, seniors in Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership Program choose an organization to partner with to help make a positive impact on the community. This year, they hosted the third annual Uptown Tree Trail, with all profits from the event going towards Warrior Outreach’s new community center.

Construction for the community center began on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new community center at its future location on Warrior Outreach Ranch in Fortson. The Center provides activities for military families through equine therapy that help heal, build camaraderie and connect with resources. Their goal is to partner to help service members past, present, and future and their families.

Servant Leadership at CSU is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Servant Leadership is created on a foundation of love and compassion, where power and authority are used to benefit the whole of an organization, encouraging individuals to grow and achieve autonomy.