September 5, 2017

9/11 Remembrance Day is fast approaching. What are you going to do to honor those who perished, those who fought, and those who continue on today? If you’re not sure, I’ve got a proposal for you. Whether you are a civilian or a veteran, volunteer for one day  with veterans who are on a new mission to volunteer in their communities.

This is YOUR chance to join a highly skilled group of volunteers in your city to make a lasting impact.

Check out our largest projects across the country!

1. Washington, D.C.

The Washington DC Service Platoons would like to invite you to join us as we do what we do: serve a cause greater than ourselves. Every year, in memory of this day, we will continue to rebuild- ourselves, our community, our country.

East Capitol Urban Farm is a major step in connecting communities located in ‘food deserts’ to sustainable, healthy foods. This project’s efforts will push East Capitol Farm forward to operationally hosting local kids, the community, and education leaders to provide them with the fruits of their labors and teach them about the efficacy of sustainable community farming.

We will expand on community garden to make room for more farmers as well as those requiring wheelchair access, socialize community area to increase efficacy of training modules on the site for kids, engineer a STEM education space to enable the next generation of kids to learn about math and sciences, and set up a farmers market with the ability to host 4 vendors.


2. New York City

New York City-based post-9/11 veterans and supporters of The Mission Continues are deploying to Ellis Island once again for an impactful service project.

Known as the Gateway to America for over 12 million immigrants from the 1890s to 1950s, Ellis Island is an enduring American symbol of freedom and hope. In 2012, flood waters from Hurricane Sandy covered almost all of Ellis Island, damaging the majority of its infrastructure. Ongoing repairs and recovery efforts have helped Ellis Island return to its pre-Sandy condition, but there’s still more to be done.

To help revitalize Ellis Island, veterans and community members will spend this day of service working side-by-side, removing debris and refurbishing the grounds.


3. Baltimore

The Baltimore 1st Service Platoon is helping the Roots & Branches School in Harlem Park West — come join us! We plan to paint a mural on the library wall, give the cafeteria a face lift, install classroom flags, re-purpose some underutilized spaces, and re-mulch the school playground!

This platoon has been working with the school and the neighborhood association to complete visible neighborhood transformations and to increase community and parental engagement.

There will be projects and opportunities for the whole family, so we’re encouraging volunteers to bring the kids and get ready to make a big difference for a very special neighborhood school!


4. Phoenix

Join Phoenix 1st Platoon as we serve alongside veterans and community members to enhance Encanto Park! This 222 acre “enchanted” park consists of picnic areas, a lagoon, a boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, fishing, two golf courses and an amusement park.

Our projects include: putting together metal picnic tables, sanding and painting wood to drill and bolt to revitalize the older benches, remove tree debris from islands, painting over bathroom graffiti, and other landscaping opportunities.

Come take part in the camaraderie and celebrate community service in remembrance of September 11th.


Report for duty in your community with The Mission Continues. Serve with a Service Platoon at an upcoming service event near you or apply for a fellowship. You can learn more about our programs on our website and stay updated on the latest news and announcements on Facebook and Twitter.