September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Join Denver’s 1st Service Platoon, with support from the Colorado Springs Service Platoon and participate with The Mission Continues. This years service project is at Mount Saint Vincent. In case you are not familiar with The Mission Continues, the following is from their website: https://www.missioncontinues.org/about/
“The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
Since our founding, we have always been a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country.
Our operations in cities nationwide deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities: improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more.
Through this unique model, veterans build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve.”
The following is from The Mission Continues’s Blog dated August 23, 2016, by Peggy Schnack, Fellow. “From Feeling Lost to Building Homes and Running Miles.” (For entire story, visit The Mission Continues Blog.)
(Right) Peggy Schnack
Peggy Schnack is an Air Force veteran, a 2016 Charlie Class Fellow serving with Habitat for Humanity, and will run the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with Team Mission Continues on October 30, 2016.
“As a fellow, it is giving me the opportunity to move back into the workforce on a part time basis with a fantastic support and mentorship system. Serving at Habitat for Humanity is helping me to remember that I can learn new skills. I can visually see the progress of my efforts and have opportunities to get to know and lead diverse groups of people every time I am there.
As a member of Team Mission Continues, I am reclaiming my identity as a runner and marathoner. After my first marathon I said I would never do another one unless it was the Marine Corps or something similar. Having a caveat to a “never” statement is dangerous, because as I found out, that “unless” can happen. In this case, I think the danger is a good thing.
So what does The Mission Continues mean to me? It means a new lease on life. It means becoming active again. It means claiming my identity as a veteran. It means discovering who I am.”
As a side note: Charity Navigator awarded The Mission Continues a score of 94.34 out of 100. Your donations are appreciated.
To contact the Denver coordinator for September 11th event: Jordan Daniel, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.missioncontinues.org/event/details?id=a1l400000049aObAAI