Mass Deployment FAQ

HOW DO I APPLY?

Veterans within our metro areas are welcome to apply as crew (first-time participants) or ambassadors (returning participants). Applications will be available online at missioncontinues.org/deployments on February 25. Crew member applications are due by March 25. Ambassador applications are due by March 18. All applicants will receive final selection status by May 1.

HOW WILL I GET THERE AND WHERE WILL I STAY?

The Mission Continues will provide and cover costs for travel and accommodations for the veterans selected to participate.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

The Mission Continues will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner (on designated evenings) for veterans selected to participate.

IF I ALREADY LIVE IN BALTIMORE (or DMV) WHAT COSTS OF MINE ARE COVERED?

The Mission Continues will provide meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on designated evenings), admission to TMC hosted events and lodging for crew and ambassadors who reside in Baltimore or commuting distance of the city. Note that this is only extended to selected participants, and not spouses, friends or family.

Local DMV area volunteers who have not been selected as participants will be provided meals during project hours. Expenses related to travel will not be covered for any DMV area volunteers.

DO I HAVE TO SERVE FOR THE WHOLE WEEK?

Crew and ambassadors are required to stay in Mass Deployment accommodations and attend all scheduled events (including evening events) throughout the week. We also encourage full participation from local DMV veterans and civilians who have not been selected as participants. However, they are not required to attend all of the project days.

I CAN’T MAKE IT TO MASS DEPLOYMENT BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW I CAN SERVE IN MY COMMUNITY

The Mission Continues has programs in place for you to report for duty in your community! To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit us on our website, www.missioncontinues.org.

Why do you only accept veterans from specified metro areas?

Our model, and the promise we make to our veteran participants, is that each program provides an opportunity for personal growth, connectedness, and community impact. When one of those components is absent – the model fails. Our program evaluation shows that our veteran volunteers only benefit when there’s an active and consistent opportunity to stay engaged after a program like Mass Deployment ends. We can’t put our volunteers in a position to succeed in the short-term only to regress in the long-term. Therefore, a requirement for all of our programs is that you reside in a metro area in which we run service platoons. These operations are long-term missions tackling specific challenges in the community that provide ongoing volunteer opportunities.

WONDERING WHAT YOU’RE IN FOR? HERE’S A SAMPLE OF WHAT YOUR SCHEDULE MIGHT LOOK LIKE AT MASS DEPLOYMENT

6:00 A.M.: Rise and shine—time to greet your day!
7:00 A.M.: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast and connect with your fellow crew members before boarding your bus to the day’s project site.
8:00 A.M.: Service project time! The day will be long, it may be hot outside, but the impact you make will be memorable and the bonds you create will last a lifetime.
5:00 P.M.: Most service projects will wrap up around 5:00 p.m., but a small group of volunteers may be asked to stay behind and help tie up any loose ends.
6:30 P.M.: After the project, it’s time for chow and sharing in the experiences of the day with your crew.
9:30 P.M.: Lights out—literally! Mass Deployments are intense, so you can expect to look foward to meeting your bed again. Rest up, recharge, and get ready for the next day!