We are thrilled to partner with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. They mobilize veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing local communities: improving community education resources, building community gardens, mentoring at-risk youth and more. Through this service model, veterans build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate into life after the military, while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve.
The Mission Continues has two Service Platoons in the Twin Cities, which are led by veterans and can include veterans of all eras and community members. The Minneapolis Platoon has a long-term relationship with the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in North Minneapolis, coined Operation North Advance. Since launching of this operation in November 2016, the Minneapolis Platoon has helped the Center by building bookshelves and storage cabinets, conducting light demolition and increasing storage space, painting hallways for the attached school, painting multipurpose room and hallways in the Center’s logo colors, and hanging murals that were stuck in storage on entrance walls.
The Saint Paul Service Platoon has been conducting Service Events at the Saint Paul City Schools for the past two years. They have helped build play equipment for the children, bookshelves, outdoor shed, and outdoor benches. They also laid mulch and painted hallways and classrooms.
We lent our tools to The Mission Continues so they could complete this work, which helped create a better place to live, learn and work in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Lee Freeman, City Impact Manager at The Mission Continues said of our partnership, “All of these projects are largely due to the tool assistance provided by Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, and we are eternally grateful!”
We look forward to continuing to partner with The Mission Continues!