Deploy With a Team of Veterans and Build a Stronger Community

 

MASS DEPLOYMENTS

WHAT IS A MASS DEPLOYMENT?

Mass Deployments mobilize veterans from across the country alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of learning, teamwork, and community impact. We select cities that will benefit from an influx of resources that The Mission Continues and our partners can provide, and that have the potential for sustainable growth—so that the impact is built to last. Similarly, for our veteran force of volunteers – the training, networking, and skill-building achieved during mass deployment serves as a foundation for continued leadership at home.

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.


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APPLICATION & SELECTION

  • Completing the application to be a Crew Member or Ambassador is the first step to Mass Deployment
  • The application process is competitive, but once you’ve successfully completed the application and interview process and been selected to the program, you’ll be asked to confirm your spot at Mass Deployment
  • Complete your travel survey to make it really official. Airfare, lodging and most meals associated with Mass Deployment are covered by The Mission Continues

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PREPARING FOR MASS DEPLOYMENT

  • Your learning starts before you arrive at Mass Deployment. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in cultural competency and skill building trainings, learn about the community you’ll be serving in and the people you’ll be serving with, and more
  • Engage your network and help support the deployment through fundraising opportunities and social media awareness
  • Pack your bag! We will provide a detailed packing list to ensure you’re equipped during the week of service

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MASS DEPLOYMENT IN ACTION

  • Make an impact through five consecutive days of service. These are intense, action-packed days that will test your stamina, and provide a lifetime of memories
  • Grow as a leader through onsite workshops, skill-building opportunities, intention-setting and post-project reflections
  • Connect with others through group meals, dormitory living and team building exercises

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POST MASS DEPLOYMENT

  • Return home ready to continue your service, equipped with new skills and tools that enhance your passion and ability to lead change
  • Engage in virtual learning opportunities to further develop newly gained skill sets
  • Stay connected with your Mass Deployment team through a dedicated social media channel and TMC alumni network
MASS DEPLOYMENT 2020

OPERATION BAYOU CITY BLITZ

HOUSTON, TX | JUNE 2020

Operation Bayou City Blitz is a week-long injection of resources, energy, and volunteer-force into our ongoing, long-term operations in Houston. The city 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. 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 still ongoing.

Since 2017, 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. Operation Bayou City Blitz will continue this recovery effort. A force of 80+ veterans from across the country will mobilize alongside our Houston service platoons, community partners, volunteers, and program sponsors to advance these recovery efforts to address long-term challenges made worse by the storm.



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.

CREW MEMBER YOUR ROLE

Make an impact with the five consecutive days of high-energy service projects. Apply your passion for service and unique skill-set as you work alongside other veterans and community members to make an impact.

ELIGIBILITY
  • U.S. military veteran
  • Have not previously served as a Crew member
  • U.S. resident in on one of our 56 metro areas
  • Availability for the entire program duration
AMBASSADOR YOUR ROLE

Leverage your Mass Deployment experience to lead a team of Crew Members throughout the week of high-energy service projects. You’ll be tasked with providing guidance and mentorship and completing additional training.

ELIGIBILITY
  • U.S. military veteran
  • Previous participant of a Mass Deployment
  • U.S. resident in on one of our 56 metro areas
  • Available for the entire program duration
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS

This program is made possible in part by a partnership between the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Qatar Harvey Fund to support veterans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Take your giving to the next level as an official sponsor of a Mass Deployment. For more information, contact Kat Cheshire, Manager, Corporate Partnerships at kcheshire@missioncontinues.org