October 15, 2016
Thousands of veterans are answering this new call to serve. By serving, they are finding purpose in their own lives, while pursuing significant impact in their community. In our 2015 annual report, available here, you’ll find stories of veterans overcoming challenges and of the neighborhoods and cities that are now stronger because of their continued service.
Mission Continues Fellows and Service Platoons combined for nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015. Fellows deployed to more than 300 nonprofit and community organizations nationwide including Horses4Heroes in Las Vegas, Headstrong Project in New York City, and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.
Furthermore, 62 total Service Platoons were launched by the end of 2015 focused on community issues as broad as school revitalizations, mentorship of at-risk kids, eliminating food deserts, bringing arts and culture to disadvantaged neighborhoods, and the restoration of our parks.
We also took strides in 2015 to help ensure the health and wellbeing of the organization. The Mission Continues received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest score available, in 2015 when assessed by measures of “Financial Health” and “Accountability and Transparency.”
And there is still much to do in the final months of 2016.
Teams of veterans and community volunteers mobilized to pay tribute on September 11th through acts of service nationwide. We will mark Veterans Day with a similar nationwide campaign and we hope that you will report for duty alongside us too. These events are open to all, and family members are encouraged to join the effort.
366 fellowships were awarded to post-9/11 veterans in 2015, bringing total fellowships awarded from 2007-2015 to 1,465.
And every day, across the country, our Fellows and Service Platoons continue to press on, tackling tough challenges in their communities. We know that achieving the kind of impact that truly changes lives takes time, hard work and determination. With veterans at the front, and with your continued support, we know that it is possible.
Report for duty in your community with The Mission Continues. Please consider a financial contribution to help empower veterans to serve here at home. You can learn more about our programs on our website and stay updated on the latest news and announcements on Facebook and twitter.