A Letter to Our Veterans: Thank You for Continuing to Make Our Nation’s Communities Stronger

July 10, 2018

To our veterans:

A burning desire to serve others bonds all veterans – across generations, geographies, and demographics. That desire rests in the heart of The Mission Continues. I have been uniquely privileged to see that desire – your desire – in action over the last seven years. And I am humbled by what you have been able to achieve.  

In recent months, I have been saddened and frustrated that the unacceptable decisions and actions of our founder, former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, have unfairly cast a shadow over that desire, and the significant impact we’ve had.

I recognize that the last 6 months have likely also saddened and frustrated you too. As our frontline leaders, you have likely had to help others make sense of this situation. You may have faced unwelcome scrutiny from the community, from your team members and partners, and even from the media. I’m sure it was uncomfortable, stressful, or disheartening.

Regardless of someone’s history with The Mission Continues, we do not stand by actions that violate the core values we all strive to embody. And as uncomfortable as it may be, we must not fail to pronounce that.

I want to make this clear to you: the actions of one individual will never detract from our achievements. Communities across the country are stronger because of your sweat and grit. No one can take that away from us.

I cannot adequately convey my gratitude for your steadfast leadership during this time. In the face of adversity, you did what we perhaps do best: continue the mission. You had to…because veterans’ desire to grow, connect, and serve has not waned over the last 6 months. And the problems we address in communities have certainly not gone away.

  • To our platoon leadership: Thank you for leading in your city—encouraging other veterans to mobilize, organize, and participate in your service projects to benefit your community.
  • To our fellows: Thank you for your enduring focus on your volunteer service, and your dedication to growing through serving.  
  • To our volunteers: Thank you for continuing to show up en masse – for working hard and for committing yourself to improving our local communities.
  • To all: Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. You are The Mission Continues.

When you look at our ongoing operations across the country, you see that we are stronger than ever. And I look forward to finishing 2018 with historic levels of impact, and an unabated desire for more.

 

Reporting for duty,

Spencer Kympton
President, The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues Celebrates Growth, New Opportunities With Diverse Donor Investments

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The veterans’ nonprofit engages new donors and increases established investments to support veterans and communities nationwide.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) JUNE 26, 2018, 2018 — The Mission Continues is expanding its base of supporters with several new donor partnerships and increased strategic investments from existing donors. These developments will provide additional capacity, furthering the organization’s mission of empowering veterans to find growth, purpose and connection through community service.

New donors to The Mission Continues’ growing list of supporters include Kaiser Permanente and Diageo North America. The organization also received strategic funding from two of its existing partners, The Bob Woodruff Foundation and The Schultz Family Foundation. Through these partnerships, the organization will collaborate on cause-marketing campaigns, corporate social responsibility initiatives and new opportunities to support their growing programs.

“Enduring commitments from our donors both fuel us and motivate us as we continue to drive impact in communities,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “We are locking arms with our terrific partners in cities across the country – and together we are effecting positive change for veterans and for the communities in which they live.”

Kaiser Permanente, one of the newest partnerships, is already jumping into action, supporting the third-annual Mass Deployment – Operation Watts Is Worth It – benefiting Los Angeles’ historic Watts neighborhood from June 21-28.

“Community service is in our DNA at Kaiser Permanente and as a veteran myself it’s an honor to help empower other veterans to serve their communities,” said Jim Branchick, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. “With the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center, we’ve been part of the community for 50 years and being a part of Operation Watts is Worth It is an extension of that commitment.” Continue reading “The Mission Continues Celebrates Growth, New Opportunities With Diverse Donor Investments”

The Mission Continues to Deploy Veterans to Help Revitalize Los Angeles’ Watts Neighborhood

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The veterans’ nonprofit seeks to create ongoing improvement to strengthen historic LA neighborhood with its third-annual Mass Deployment, “Operation Watts Is Worth It”

The veterans are volunteers with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to find growth, purpose and connection through community impact. Although the nonprofit has been active in the neighborhood for years, the week-long service marathon, dubbed Operation Watts Is Worth It, will provide a surge of resources to benefit under-resourced schools, aging public housing, under-utilized community spaces and much more.

“The Watts neighborhood has a long-established and vibrant identity, and it has preserved it in the face of a wide range of challenges,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “Through their service, our veterans, partners and community volunteers seek to help the Watts community sustain its identity well into the future.” Continue reading “The Mission Continues to Deploy Veterans to Help Revitalize Los Angeles’ Watts Neighborhood”

Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation Supports Veterans Making an Impact with The Mission Continues, in Partnership with Starbucks and Spotify

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Veterans with The Mission Continues Report for Duty to Create Community Impact Across the Country.

Metallica presents a check from their charitable foundation, All Within My Hands to The Mission Continues

NEW YORK (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 28, 2018 — Metallica’s band members presented a donation from their charitable foundation, All Within My Hands, to The Mission Continues to help empower veterans creating transformational change for communities in need. The band’s contribution marks the foundation’s role as a 2018 Contributing Sponsor for The Mission Continues’ service platoons across the country.

Support from All Within My Hands is part of a greater partnership with Starbucks and Spotify for a charitable gift card sold at participating Starbucks stores nationwide. As part of the promotion, Starbucks and Spotify donated $1 million, divided between Metallica’s All Within My Hands, Chance The Rapper’s Social Works and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Continue reading “Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation Supports Veterans Making an Impact with The Mission Continues, in Partnership with Starbucks and Spotify”

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

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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. Continue reading “CarMax and The Mission Continues Announce a Two-Year Partnership to Benefit Veteran Leaders”

An Open Letter from Spencer Kympton, President of The Mission Continues

July 15, 2016
By Spencer Kympton

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OUT OF MANY, ONE – designed by Muriel Stockdale, constructed in 2011 by the diverse community of Charlotte’s Place in memory of 9/11

Last week was very painful for me. I understand that it may have been for you too.

It was painful for me because it began with great hope – but ended with such sadness. The hope came from hearing the many stories of renewal and restoration and relationship-building at The Mission Continues’ week-long deployment to Detroit for Operation Motown Muster. It was a tough week, but the impact was real. We had great successes, and we made mistakes. We found joy, and we experienced hardships. But through it all, we were reminded that when we work together – with our neighbors and fellow citizens – our best days may still be ahead.

This hope turned quickly to despair when the tragic events of last week brought the hard truth of life in America back into full view: we remain a country divided.

My heart hurts over the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. My heart hurts over the shooting deaths of the five law enforcement officers in Dallas: Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, Officer Brent Thompson, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa. I mourn for all of their families, and for all of their communities. My soul aches over the fact that racial divisions and inequalities and injustice and fear are winning, while real people are losing. While real people are dying. No one in this country – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, profession, or any other way we choose to identify ourselves – should fear for their lives. And yet, many do.

Continue reading “An Open Letter from Spencer Kympton, President of The Mission Continues”