The Arlington Service Platoon led its first project with Boys & Girls Club on Earth Day as we built a garden area and outdoor reading and play spaces to provide opportunities for the local youth to enjoy green space. …
When I began my after-service journey I found it extremely hard to find a field of work that pushed me to achieve greatness as Special Forces once did when I was serving. A friend of mine who was a fellow veteran told me about a fellowship program with The Mission Continues. This program would allow me to continue my service through working with non-profits. I instantly dove forward with a 100% commitment. Along my new journey I began to regain confidence in myself …
May 13, 2018
By Sarah Silva, Fellow Alumna
My fellowship with The Mission Continues has had an incredible impact on my life. I spent five years in the Marines. During that time, I met my husband, and we had our two sons. When I left the Marines in 2011, I was lucky to be able to spend a few years at home with the boys while they were still tiny.
Once they were both in school, I went back too, finally completing my …
April 20, 2018
By Brian Wilson, Mission Continues alumnus
Brian Wilson is a Mission Continues Fellowship Alumnus and a veteran of the US Army. He is currently the Creative Technology Manager at Combined Arms in Houston, Texas.
I have volunteered since I was 12. My dad talked to a person at the Parks and Recreation department in our small town and for six hours a week I pulled weeds at parks and picked up trash. I was paid in free soda, which was …
April 6, 2017
Finding That Connection
“I felt for the first time like we were on the same page while volunteering for the service project,” said Nissa Salas, a Mission Continues volunteer in Dallas.
Nissa met her husband Mark Salas after he had separated from the U.S. Marine Corps. Nissa noticed Mark had a hard time relating to her and to other civilians. “He had only one or two friends, and did not trust anyone. His habits were very much military-style and he …
February 15, 2018
By Rahiel Alemu, City Impact Manager
I’ve discovered that “helping” is not as simple as it sounds. It takes a lot more than just “showing up” to make the kind of impact that is actually needed in a community.
I have always been passionate about nonprofit work, and have dedicated my career to the nonprofit sector. Part of what fulfills and drives this passion is my background and my desire to pay it forward.
Let me take you back twenty …
October 20, 2017
While shoppers all over the country rushed to grab Friday the 13th sales, 90 veterans from all over the country rushed to grab rakes, power tools, and paint brushes to help restore Houston neighborhoods after the damage Hurricane Harvey dealt.
Immediately following the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey, volunteers with The Mission Continues responded with neighbor-helping-neighbor efforts and rallied together to execute an inspiring 9/11 Day of Service project shortly thereafter.
In the time since then, we have committed to …
October 12, 2017
By Alex and Celene, Mission Continues Supporters
Following the devastation Houston experienced by Hurricane Harvey, we asked ourselves the question: If we went, would our help make an impact? The answer was yes.
Even though there was only so much the two of us could do, we thought, if the effort was multiplied by many volunteers, the results would be greater. So we traveled to Houston from New York and with the guidance of The Mission Continues, participated in service …
September 7, 2017
Barry Mattson, Central Region Executive Director
It has been heartening to see our Mission Continues family rally together to help us in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. As we have worked with Houston communities for years, it is saddening to see the damage done. While our platoon members and staff are focused locally with neighbor-helping-neighbor efforts as well as working with their operational partners right now, we are planning our long-term recovery efforts too.
I know there are no quick fixes …
May 23, 2017
By Mason Leist, Fellow
I was in the fifth grade when I saw the terrorist attacks of 9/11 unfold on television. Though I was only a child, the day left me with a strong desire to defend my country. The call to serve rang even louder as I grew up listening to my granddad and uncle telling stories of their time at war. I answered the call when I joined the United States Army at the age of 20, and …