What's the difference between reaching out to help and reaching out for help?
Kirk shrugged, and he knew that the look of disgust was returning to his face, but he was sick of it. He’d tried to reach out for help — and reach out to help, on some level — and got sand in his eye. Screw it.
Context: Kirk asks his teacher who is obsessed with ghosts for help, because he discovered the girl he likes is curious about them. The teacher, who knows Kirk doesn't like ghosts and doesn't like him, thinks Kirk is doing something to mock him and declines.