Introducing David Diaz, Vice President of Regional Operations

April 13, 2018

We recently welcomed veteran David Diaz to The Mission Continues as our Vice President of Regional Operations. Here’s a sneak preview of the impact David plans to bring to the team.

 

How do you plan to support the mission as its new VP of Regional Operations?

I plan to support the mission of The Mission Continues by synchronizing our program execution for maximum impact. I see my role as a conductor of an internally-acclaimed orchestra. I have the honor of leading a talented team of dedicated professionals and volunteers who possess a diverse array of skills and abilities. l look forward to synchronizing the program execution of our five individual regions into a harmonious delivery system.

 

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Why are you excited to be at The Mission Continues?

I am super excited because our team is at the forefront in innovating and ideating on solutions that promise to transform the lives of our veterans and our communities across the country. The Mission Continues is poised to develop a comprehensive and unified approach to an outcome-based delivery system for veterans.

 

How do your experience and interests enhance and weave into your new role?

My passion for revitalizing cities and my experiences as a city planner help me to understand how to elevate our community impact on our host cities. I am working closely with our research and evaluation team to take our community impact to a new level. My experiences as an Army captain will help me explore opportunities for aligning our operations with every function in our organization. Our operations are at their best when we are collaborating with our wonderful partners and funders.

 

How are the regions going to rock it this year?

The regions are going to rock it this year through the launch of a new Summer Service Slam campaign across the country. This is the first time that each region will simultaneously launch dozens of service projects during the month of July. We also plan to establish our presence in new cities across the country later this year.

 

Stay tuned for more about Summer Service Slam and how you can take part!

 

Report for duty in your community with The Mission Continues. Serve with a Service Platoon at an upcoming service event near you or apply for a fellowship. You can learn more about our programs on our website and stay updated on the latest news and announcements on Facebook and Twitter.

AmeriCorps: Another Way to Serve Your Country

March 11, 2017

The military isn’t the only way one can be of service to country.

The drive to serve isn’t borne by servicemembers and veterans alone; it is the flag under which veterans and civilians unite.

An integral part of our philosophy is that while continued service can play an important role in veterans’ lives, change can only happen when we join hands with the next generation of Americans: our youth. Just as we enlist veterans to serve where their community needs it most, AmeriCorps enlists young adults to do the same.

In our experience, both AmeriCorps alumni and veterans come away from their experience with a drive to continue serving. While it’s no question that the military and AmeriCorps are vastly different, there are a few notable common threads. Like the military, AmeriCorps provides young adults in their formative years a unique opportunity to shape their careers, experience comradery, grow personally, find their niche, and even find a sense of purpose.  In this way, government programs like AmeriCorps are an important part of the service ecosystem in which we live. Continue reading “AmeriCorps: Another Way to Serve Your Country”

Time to Shine, Hampton Roads, Renee Foster is Here!

November 4, 2016

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We are happy to welcome Renee Foster, our new City Impact Manager for Hampton Roads in Virginia. As a Navy veteran and former Platoon Leader, Renee is already familiar with The Mission Continues family. But we want to introduce her to you too. After interviewing her, we’ve put together a little Q&A about Renee.

Describe your city for someone who has never been to it. What do you see as its most urgent challenges?

Hampton Roads is the name of the geographical area encompassing seven cities. We have a large population of at-risk youth, and gang violence is the biggest issue here. I live in the area myself, and I think some of this is happening because there are not enough jobs for youth. Most of the jobs available to them are low paying jobs, so young people resort to selling drugs as the money-making option.

I also see a lack of father or mother figures in the lives of these youth, because some of them are living in a single parent households. A solution to that could be a strong mentorship program for teens and young adults to help them build job-related skills and get them to see beyond where they are now.  

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What drew you to The Mission Continues?

For me, being a veteran is a strong part of my identity. The thing I miss most about the military is the camaraderie and the structure. I was drawn to The Mission Continues because even though I didn’t serve in the post-9/11 era, (because I got out in ‘97), I still wanted to help the people who did serve post-9/11. I want to help my military brothers and sisters.

What is something you think everyone needs to hear about veterans?

I don’t like it when I hear people say that veterans are “brainwashed” or “reprogrammed.” I say veterans are humans too. We make mistakes and have our moments just like everybody else. We’re human. Even while we’re in the military and even when we get out, we’re human first.

What is something embarrassing that’s happened to you that is unique?

I am prone to trip when there’s nothing there!

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love camping, fishing, biking, shooting and archery ranges — pretty much anything outdoors.

If you had to be a fictional character, who would you choose and why?

I would be wonder woman. I would be able to handle all things, be in different places in the blink of an eye, and be that invisible fly on the wall. I think the part I would love the most is being able to help people and do good.

 

Want to join the team? Check out our careers page for available opportunities. 

Report for duty in your community with The Mission Continues. Serve with a Service Platoon at an upcoming service event near you or apply for a fellowship. You can learn more about our programs on our website and stay updated on the latest news and announcements on Facebook and twitter.

Meet Our Newest Executive Director, Tony Arendt

October 8, 2016

We recently welcomed Tony Arendt to the Mission Continues family as our Midwest Executive Director. Tony will be spearheading our plans for building local relationships and making a sustainable impact in cities like Chicago, Detroit, and more. Hopefully you’ll get to meet Tony yourself, but in the meantime, here’s a brief introduction. Continue reading “Meet Our Newest Executive Director, Tony Arendt”

How I Found a Job I Love with The Mission Continues

May 16, 2016
By Stephanie Grimes, City Impact Manager

“How’s the new job going?” is a question I have answered no less than 50 times in the last month, as I recently took on the role of City Impact Manager in Pittsburgh for The Mission Continues.

Over the years, I have lived in a lot of places and been in lot of roles.  After graduating college, I moved to Philadelphia where I taught middle school as a Teach for America corp member.

A year later I married my husband, who was in the Army.  We moved from one duty location to another for the next four years. I found meaningful work in a number of jobs supporting high risk youth, had a child of my own, endured a few deployments, and in 2011 I finally ended up in Pittsburgh upon my husband’s discharge from the Army.

Truth be told, we had never even visited Pittsburgh before making the jump.  We crossed our fingers, told ourselves that we could make it through anything, and made our way through tunnels and over bridges to our new home.  In the years following my husband’s transition from the military, our family fell in love with our new city of Pittsburgh.

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A Collaborative Effort to Create Job Opportunities for Vets

July 1, 2015

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The Mission Continues welcomed St. Louis area business, academic and service leaders in the veterans community to our headquarters yesterday for the roll out of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), headed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Announced by VA earlier this month, the goal of VECI is to increase education and employment opportunities for veterans by bringing together local and national employers to coordinate services for veterans, service members and military families.

Building a stronger support network for local veterans starts with collaboration.

“​It is important that businesses, non profits and educational institutions are collaborating and enhancing opportunities for our veterans” says Meredith Knopp, senior vice president of programs and operations at The Mission Continues. “Knowing who all the players are – what unique programs, opportunities and support that each of us provide – and how to compliment one another is critical for us to establish in St Louis, and around the country.”

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A Great Place to Work and Serve: The Mission Continues Ranks #15 on 2015 NonProfit Times Best Places to Work

April 1, 2015
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We’re happy to announce The Mission Continues is counted among the nation’s leading non-profit organizations for the annual NonProfit Times’ Best Places to Work in 2015.

“This is our fourth time in a row making the list, and we’re proud of what the ranking says about our team,” said The Mission Continues President and Army veteran Spencer Kympton. “We’ve known from the beginning that to deliver on our promise to empower veterans, we’ve got to have a strong and dynamic team.”

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