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Planting the Seeds of Service

By Quinton Goffinet, former platoon leader

The attacks of September 11, 2001 happened when I was a teenager. At the time, I believed our enemies had proved they were going to bring the fight to us. I wanted to bring the fight to them – on our terms, not theirs. This motivated me to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

I separated from the military in 2007. By that time my wife and I wanted to start a family, and I wanted to …

Washington D.C.’s “Fighting Fifth” Welcomes New Leader

October 27, 2017
By Justin Goldman, Platoon Member

October is an exciting time for the Washington D.C. 5th Service Platoon, whose spirited volunteers have dubbed themselves the “Fighting Fifth.” The tireless efforts of outgoing Platoon Leader EJ Delpero has been a key part of such an impactful year of service.

EJ seamlessly rolled from his Mission Continues fellowship in 2015 at the National Air and Space Museum into taking the lead within the D.C. 4th Platoon in October of that year. In 2016,

How I’m Working Toward My Mission

October 14, 2016
By Vince Loran, Fellow

As a Bravo 2016 Fellow, I’m doing so many things right now that it’s hard to keep track sometimes! But I wanted to share an update on what I’m doing and where I’m going — and most importantly, why I’m doing it. I serve on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization, Fifty Shades of Purple against Bullying. I’m also volunteering as a Wounded Warrior Project Peer Support Group facilitator in Northern Virginia. I’m also

For Veterans, Their Mission Continues in National Parks

September 8, 2016
By Rose Feroah, Platoon Member

With a September’s breeze on this late summer night, we will soon be reminded of sacrifice and service.  It is in this honor and service that we will be at Fort Battery Ricketts—Mile Marker Zero of the Hiker Biker Trail, all hands on deck, doing what we do best.  Having worked along the Trail throughout Southeast DC, we are going to hold our biggest project yet on 9/11 at its trailhead.  

Who are we? We

Partaking in a Cycle of Service at Democracy Prep

May 31, 2016

Earlier this month, The Mission Continues worked alongside 1st grade students at Democracy Prep in Washington D.C. to put together a Teacher Work Room. Our regional Executive Director Mary Beth Bruggeman and service platoon member Johanna Ciezczak joined the project, which took place on the last day of the school’s week of service.

The week of service was implemented by teachers who wanted to build a culture of community service for students. While there, we had a chance to talk …

Reporting for Duty at Democracy Prep

September 18, 2015

The DC Service Platoons banded together on Friday, September 11, 2015 for a day of service at Democracy Prep, a high impact charter school in Southeast DC. With the help of Democracy Prep students, parents and local police officers, volunteers revitalized a learning garden, painted the school crest and helped renovate the school’s exterior.…

DC Veterans Clean Up Anacostia Park

August 13, 2015

DC 2nd Service Platoon reported for duty over the weekend at Operation Anacostia. The mission was to help clean Anocostia Park by picking up litter and installing new trash receptacles. The platoon was joined by volunteers from So What Else? and the National Park Service. DC area veterans, family members and supporters will be back in action on August 22nd when DC 1st Service Platoon deploys to Congress Park to construct a new butterfly garden and planter park bench.…

#TBT: Washington, D.C. 1st Platoon Serves Alongside First Family

November 20, 2014

 Photo from Joining Forces, November 27, 2014

Washington, D.C. 1st Platoon launched during the late summer months of 2013 with a mission to eradicate child hunger and improve nutrition for youth in the greater D.C. community. That same year, in November, they were called to lead a special service event with the First Family during the Thanksgiving holiday.…

Remembering 9/11

September 16, 2014

Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the events of 9/11. And five million men and women have stepped up to defend our nation in uniform since that day. Last week, The Mission Continues deployed in communities across the country for a day of service to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Volunteers built playgrounds for at-risk youth, provided much needed maintenance for a domestic violence shelter, and rehabilitated a community river trail  — all in honor