The veterans nonprofit will highlight eight service projects across the country focused on Dr. King’s key values during the Civil Rights Movement
Press Release – DETROIT (January 3, 2018) – On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the national veterans nonprofit The Mission Continues will bring Dr. King’s core values to life through a series of community service projects. The core values that will be highlighted through the service projects include: Equality, Faith, Nonviolence, Education, Love, Leadership, Selflessness and Hope.
This initiative will bring together hundreds of veterans and community volunteers through real-life examples of the unity Dr. King envisioned for this country during the Civil Rights Movement. Projects range from efforts in community schools to improve graduation rates to working with immigrants and refugees seeking pathways to self-sufficiency.
“Dr. King’s values are at the core of what The Mission Continues strives for every day,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “We are humbled by the opportunity to carry on his legacy through a series of service projects that unite volunteers and community partners, working together toward a common goal, while continuing to provide a positive impact in their own communities.”
Details for each value-based community project include:
A support system of more than 300 volunteers will work together to foster hope for the future of Atlanta’s Westside community, once home to Dr. King and his family. Alongside The Missions Continues’ national partner, Starbucks and local community partner, Westside Volunteer Corps, volunteers will aid in the renovation of the Bellwood Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, painting several interior rooms, installing desks for tutoring, building an outdoor fitness area and installing a new outdoor basketball court.
Detroit’s Central High School, the oldest school in the city, is a storied institution that today receives some of the lowest funding per student in the nation, and thus is one of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. As part of an ongoing initiative with Operation Trailblazer, The Mission Continues’ day of service at Central involves renovation projects including the creation of a parent resource room and a student leadership lounge. By creating these resources, students will receive a leg up in shaping their careers and life goals, which, in turn, will help foster the future leaders of the community.
Houston is still healing from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, through the strong, selfless community that has been coming together to help rebuild. To continue in the ongoing relief effort, The Mission Continues, alongside national partner CarMax and the Greater Houston American Red Cross will spend the day at Roderick Paige Elementary School in the Kashmere Gardens Community. Together, more than 200 volunteers will help refurbish the school’s grounds. They will also build 3,000 Red Cross disaster kits to replenish the kits distributed during Hurricane Harvey. Located in a food desert where nearly half its residents are under the age of 24, the day’s project is part of ongoing efforts by The Mission Continues to support youth mentorship and community gardens in the Kashmere Garden Community.
In collaboration with The Partnership for LA Schools, a nonprofit organization working to transform the lowest-performing public schools in the Los Angeles area, volunteers will undertake beautification and improvement projects at Sunrise Elementary School in Boyle Heights. This initiative creates an opportunity to increase community and parent engagement, helping to improve school structure and keep students off the streets in an area that has historically struggled with gang violence and high crime rates.
The Mission Continues is undergoing a large project to support the Center of Life’s after-school K-12 tutoring and enrichment program, Fusion. The program works to involve family members in their students’ personal and academic achievements, as a family’s love serves as one of the main drivers of success. This initiative will allow families to become more involved through the renovation of several classrooms, focusing on student-developed themes, to help foster more love for learning.
La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center places faith in future generations, and serves the community to ensure Sacramento’s youth and families have the resources necessary to feel empowered and overcome adversity. Volunteers from La Familia Counseling Center and veterans from The Mission Continues will spend the day sprucing up Maple Neighborhood Center, including updating the playground to make it a safe place for parents to interact with their children including installing new swings and painting.
The Tacoma Community House serves the families of immigrants and refugees in the South Sound community, striving to create equality and self-sufficiency among residents. In partnership with more than 40 post-9/11 veterans and community volunteers that represent the Tacoma 1st Service Platoon, volunteers will build Lending Libraries and aid in demolition improvement work in the area.
The Mission Continues will work directly with students at Eagle Academy to beautify and improve the facilities within their school. Facility upgrades, such as the development of murals and stenciled inspirational quotes, planter benches and shelving, will ensure students have the optimal resources needed to support their education.
The 2018 MLK Jr. Day of Service is just one of many initiatives led by The Mission Continues that empowers veterans to continue serving at home by coming together to solve specific challenges in their communities. These veteran-led, community operations lead to increased personal growth through service, as well as positive community impact and a greater sense of connectedness among veterans.
To find additional details about these community projects, as well as additional events happening around the country, please visit www.missioncontinues.org.
About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. Our operations in cities across the country deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities: improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more. Through this unique model, veterans build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve. To learn more, visit: www.missioncontinues.org or follow us on Twitter @missioncontinue.
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