(On duty with Operation Charm City Charge, a group of more than 90 veterans from 24 states, tackling pockets of the city that need their grit and greatness.)
It was 0900 on a Saturday morning and I was about to find out what I was made of—alongside some of America’s veterans. We were tackling vacant lots in Harlem Park West as part of The Mission Continues’ week-long Mass Deployment that chose Baltimore for what is called Operation Charm City Charge. On this day, veterans, community leaders and volunteers had 7 hours to make magic.
Veterans’ nonprofit announces Operation Charm City Charge, sending over 80 volunteers to create meaningful change in Maryland’s largest city for their fourth annual Mass Deployment
BALTIMORE, June 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The desire to be of continued service is driving more than 80 U.S. military veterans from across the country to Baltimore for Operation Charm City Charge. The veterans are volunteers with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to continue their service and empower communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. Operation Charm City Charge is the organization’s fourth Mass Deployment, a team-based program that mobilizes veterans alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of community impact.
Operation Charm City Charge takes place in Baltimore, Maryland over the week of June 20-27, 2019
Baltimore is a city with a diversity of voices. It was once at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement and home to luminaries such as Thurgood Marshall and W.E.B. Du Bois. Despite being the largest city in Maryland, Baltimore is now facing population decline due to high crime, an aging infrastructure and struggling local economy.
Comprised of over 50 neighborhoods, each known for their distinct character, many of these areas have been affected by segregation, mortgage discrimination, poverty, and unemployment.
The Baltimore 1st Service Platoon deployed to Baltimore City Urban Farm this past weekend to help prepare them for the fall harvest. Leading the detachment of volunteers from The Mission Continues was Leslie Premo, U.S. Army veteran and service platoon leader, who had this to say about the project:
“I have done a lot of volunteering for many different groups but today I’m especially proud to serve my fellow veterans. While working on a community farm in East Baltimore I was honored to hear stories of how different veteran’s groups have effected lives.