|Deploy With a Team of Veterans and Build a Stronger Community|
|Deploy With a Team of Veterans and Build a Stronger Community|
As the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston is home to an incredibly diverse population and is known for its rodeo, oil industry, and space center. Yet like many urban centers, Houston faces challenges including unemployment, declining population, food insecurity, and lack of access to education. Since 2015, our five service platoons comprised of over 900 volunteers have been collaborating with partners on the ground to tackle challenges like food insecurity, access to safe community spaces, and more.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017 as a Category 4 Storm, dumping more than 275 trillion pounds of rain on the city over the course of several days and claiming at least 88 lives. Unfortunately, several of the communities where our service platoon members live and serve saw over 65% of their homes damaged. Though the storm has passed, Houston’s recovery efforts are far from over. Since the height of the storm, our veteran-leaders have been responding in force to work with community members in revitalizing neighborhoods throughout Houston like Independence Heights and Kashmere Gardens. Veteran volunteers helped clean debris, repaired damaged houses, hosted food drives and more. By serving alongside veterans, residents can make transformational change to Houston’s post-Harvey reality, ensuring progress continues.
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The Mass Deployment experience is more than just a week of high-impact volunteerism in one city. It’s an investment in yourself as a community leader. Here’s what to expect leading up to, during and after a Mass Deployment with The Mission Continues!
Our Mass Deployment program is a team-based event that mobilizes veterans alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of community impact. We select locations that will benefit from an influx of resources and that have the potential for sustainable change, ensuring our efforts have a long-term impact. Mass Deployments are an opportunity to seed future leaders and motivate more veterans to embrace new roles of service in their community — while inspiring others to serve.
Approximately eighty veterans from across the country will mobilize in June for each Mass Deployment. Each participant will be selected after an application process that reviews applications from hundreds of veterans – each one ready and willing to commit a week to volunteer service typified by long days of physical and mental activity. But with the stress and sweat comes team-building and opportunities to gain new skills and grow as individuals.
Selected veterans will serve in one of two roles: Crew Member or Ambassador. Our largest force of volunteers will be comprised of the Crew. These are veterans attending a Mass Deployment for the first time, and will operate in teams that will tackle projects as distinct units. Leading each of these teams will be our Ambassadors, who have attended a Mass Deployment as part of the Crew in a previous year. Each role carries different responsibilities, but all are united by a common goal: to build a stronger community.
The Mission Continues will arrange and cover costs related to Mass Deployment travel and accommodations for the Crew Members and Ambassadors selected to participate.
On June 20-27 2019, we deployed 80 veteran leaders to Baltimore for our fourth Mass Deployment, Operation Charm City Charge (OC3). 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 country took notice of the issues facing Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray and subsequent protests, propelling it into the national spotlight.
Steeped in a rich history of community activism, arts and culture, Baltimore has both thrived and endured. While recent civil unrest highlighted inequality throughout the city, it also proved to be a positive catalyst for community mobilization. Fueled by the past and looking towards the future, engaged citizens, community leaders, and politicians are currently making strides towards building a stronger, healthier Baltimore. And for 2019’s Mass Deployment, veterans responded in force to help drive these efforts. By reporting for duty alongside The Mission Continues, residents took part in creating solutions to address Baltimore’s challenges and ensure positive progress continues.
We united and empowered veterans to make a positive difference in an under-resourced community through their leadership, skills and determination. Mass Deployment is a unique opportunity for veterans to experience individual growth and connection with fellow volunteers, while being of service to others.
For our third annual Mass Deployment (Operation Watts Is Worth It), we selected 80 veterans from across the country to help lead this mission. Throughout this week of high-octane volunteerism, veteran leaders gave their all as they took on tough community challenges in the Watts area. It’s not for the faint of heart — but the experience they shared and the impact they made was invaluable.
In June of 2017, The Mission Continues deployed more than 70 veteran volunteers to Atlanta’s Westside for a week-long service mission to tackle some of the community’s toughest challenges. The Westside district includes the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill. Using their skills, leadership and experience, our volunteers worked alongside families and community partners to deliver a week of impact across the Westside.
Operation Motown Muster took place from June 23 – 30, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Over the course of the week, a team of 72 veterans served alongside local volunteers at four locations across the city: Central High School, Priest Elementary School, the Osborn Neighborhood and Recovery Park. This team concentrated their efforts to help revitalize neighborhoods, parks and schools. Each day, the team deployed and executed a variety of high-impact missions including construction, landscaping, painting, and public arts projects.
Operation Motown Muster’s week of service is complete, but our long-term investment into the city of Detroit has only just begun. The veterans of the local service platoon are already hard at work, maintaining the projects created during the mass deployment, fostering relationships with our local community partners and setting the stage for future projects.