To Truly Help Communities, We Need to Become a Part of Them

February 15, 2018
By Rahiel Alemu, Mission Continues Staff

I’ve discovered that “helping” is not as simple as it sounds. It takes a lot more than just “showing up” to make the kind of impact that is actually needed in a community.

I have always been passionate about nonprofit work, and have dedicated my career to the nonprofit sector. Part of what fulfills and drives this passion is my background and my desire to pay it forward.

Let me take you back twenty years ago when Ethiopia instituted the Diversity Immigrant Visa program. It’s a lottery system with a prize of a life-changing opportunity: a plane ticket and green card to America. With its unveiling, tens of thousands of people applied.

By a rare draw of luck, my family was selected.

February 15th, 2018|All|

CarMax and The Mission Continues Announce a Two-Year Partnership to Benefit Veteran Leaders

PRESS RELEASE

Veterans with The Mission Continues Report for Duty to Make an Impact in Communities Across the Country

NEW YORK (PRWEB) February 6, 2018 — CarMax is committed to supporting veterans who are making an impact in their communities through a renewed two-year commitment to veterans nonprofit The Mission Continues. Since 2016, CarMax has been empowering veterans through The Mission Continues as they address pressing local issues and make meaningful social change.

The renewed 2018 partnership kicked off with a service project at Houston’s Roderick Paige Elementary School in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CarMax, The Mission Continues, and the Greater Houston American Red Cross joined forces as more than 200 volunteers refurbished the school’s grounds and assembled 3,000 “disaster kits” to replenish the kits used during Hurricane Harvey. The project was part of The Mission Continues’ national MLK Day of Service campaign and CarMax’s Houston Strong initiative, dedicated to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“We’re proud to renew and expand upon our valued partnership with CarMax,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. “Together we have an opportunity to provide increased support for our nation’s veterans in their commitment to continued service and as leaders of community change.”

CarMax’s Houston Strong contributions to The Mission Continues include its renewed lead sponsorship of the Houston 3rd Service Platoon and the donation of a cargo van to support all five local platoons’ volunteer efforts. CarMax’s investment aids the platoon’s mission to improve the quality of youth education within the KIPP Houston Public School system. In September 2018, CarMax will be recognized as the Silver Sponsor for The Mission Continues’ Platoon Leadership Summit in Houston. The summit is an opportunity for platoon leadership to learn new skills, contributing to their personal growth and ability to deliver maximum platoon impact.

February 9th, 2018|All|

I Felt Like Myself Again at Mass Deployment

February 9, 2018
By Heather Cereste, Mass Deployment volunteer

Veteran Heather Cereste volunteering at Mass Deployment with The Mission Continues

My first experience with The Mission Continues was as a participant of Mass Deployment, which was dubbed Operation Westside Surge (OWS), and took place in Atlanta, Georgia that year. My volunteer work up until OWS, while enjoyable, hadn’t yet filled the void in me, or given me a new life’s purpose.

I sought something more in my life, but, until OWS, wasn’t quite sure what.

Today I share this journey with you.

February 9th, 2018|All|

Now Accepting Mass Deployment 2018 Applications

February 5, 2018
Mass Deployment Applications are Open

If you want to spend an intensive week volunteering alongside civic-minded veterans from across the country, Mass Deployment is the service opportunity for you!

Join us June 21-28 2018 as we bring veterans together to show how veteran determination and skills can make a positive difference in a community in need. From this week you will forge bonds with fellow volunteers, learn and grow, and reignite your sense of purpose.

Applications are now open for our third annual Mass Deployment, Operation Watts Is Worth It.

We will select 80 veterans from across the country to help lead this mission. Throughout this week of high-octane volunteerism, emerging veteran leaders such as yourself will give their all as they take on tough community challenges in the Watts area.

February 5th, 2018|All, Mass Deployment|

Meet Latonya Wilson, Mark Weber Award Recipient

February 3, 2018

Latonya Wilson is a veteran and a breast cancer survivor. She earned a Mission Continues Fellowship in 2017, where her dedication to service shone brightly. Here is her story, and why she is exemplary of the values of our dear friend Mark Weber and the Mark Weber Award.

Latonya enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 and served for nearly 13 years, with deployments to Korea and Afghanistan under her belt. After separating from the military, she served overseas as a government contractor for nearly eight years.

During this time, she was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and underwent numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.

By 2016, Latonya was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Many people might have given up at this point and been resigned to living out their days in search of relative comfort and peace.

But not Latyona. Inspired by the values she developed in the Army, Latonya dedicated her life to service again. She volunteered with The American Cancer Society, visiting VA Cancer Treatment Facilities to inspire and encourage female cancer patients, fed the homeless at shelters, and assisted a senior housing facilities with daily activities.

February 3rd, 2018|All, Fellowships|

Alpha Class of 2018 Helps Preserve Miami Park Post-Irma

January 29, 2018

Alpha Class 2018 begins their continued service with The Mission Continues in Miami, FL

The Miami 1st Service Platoon welcomed over 100 new fellows and platoon leaders with open arms on Friday, January 26th. The purpose? To convene for a weekend of learning, connecting, and preparing for their new mission.

To show these newcomers what we’re made of, the weekend kicked off on Saturday with a Mission Continues must-have: a service project.

 

New Fellows Get Five Pieces of Advice

Veteran Derek Auguste spoke to the incoming class of fellows, leaving them with five pieces of advice as they begin their journey. Listen to his full speech below.

January 29th, 2018|All, Fellowships, Service Platoons|

Introducing Our New Northeast Executive Director

January 19, 2018

Mohan Sivaloganathan, Executive Director - Northeast for The Mission Continues

We’re excited for you to meet Northeast Executive Director Mohan Sivaloganathan. While the Mission Continues community will get to know him in good time, we wanted to break the ice and let him introduce himself in these three questions.

January 19th, 2018|All, Editor's Picks, Staff Experiences|

See How We Put MLK’s #LegacyofService in Action

January 24, 2018

The Mission Continues MLK Day of Service

Putting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service into action this past weekend, volunteers with The Mission Continues accomplished large-scale service projects in local communities. In 34 service events across the country we drew 1,902 volunteers, totaling 9,332 hours of service — and captured the event in this Impact Report.

The Mission Continues’ platoon operations are our way of bringing about the unity Dr. King envisioned for the country. The National Day of Service in his honor was our opportunity to reiterate our commitment to diverse and underserved communities, and to show our fellow citizens the power of veterans as unifiers as they tackle community challenges.

If we collectively broaden our outlook and use our diversity as a resource to implement change, then together, city by city, block by block, veteran by veteran, we can come together and create a better tomorrow.

While our service projects took place in dozens of cities, eight of them in particular stood out to embody Dr.King’s values: Equality, Faith, Nonviolence, Education, Love, Leadership, Selflessness, and Hope.

January 19th, 2018|All, National Days of Service, Service Platoons|

MLK’s #LegacyofService: Fighting a Different Kind of War

January 16, 2018
By Jeffrey Davis, Fellow Alum

I’ve learned that there’s more than one kind of veteran. There’s me: someone who’s been in the military. Then, there’s the kind of veteran who fought a different kind of war — a war here at home, and many would say the struggle is ongoing. It is the fight for equal rights.

I completed my Mission Continues fellowship at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, commonly referred to as The King Center. During my fellowship I have learned so much about Dr. and Mrs. King’s work, and now have a far better understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.

While much of my work at The King Center has been in researching, writing, and relationship building, part of my work has been helping with a program called Students with King — and it’s what I want to tell you about today.

January 16th, 2018|All, Fellowships|

Our Values in Action: Living up to Dr. King’s #LegacyofService

January 5, 2018

During the weekend of MLK Day, we’re activating our veterans and civilian allies to bring Dr. King’s core values to life. This is your chance to translate shared values into positive action and make a difference!

The aim of these #LegacyofService projects is to get folks of all backgrounds, civilians and veteran alike, to come together to continue what Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement did for our country: make it a better, stronger, more equal place.

January 5th, 2018|All, National Days of Service, Service Platoons|