ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A St. Louis organization called "The Mission Continues" is the only national non-profit group challenging post 9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service.
The Mission Continues has awarded 238 fellowships in 30 states to date. Fellowships are 26 weeks long, done at local nonprofits in their communities, and Fellows are eligible for a cost-of-living stipend during their service. The organization challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America and is also committed to helping the men and women who have served this country honorably return to be productive members of our society. "All of my veteran friends brothers and sisters were facing the same problem asking questions ,Where is my place in society ? Where do I fit in?, Do they even need me, said" Mike Goulet/ Mission Continues .
The Mission Continues does not offer charity; rather, it challenges returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home. Through service, veterans find renewed strength and purpose while building stronger communities. Our mission is fueled by a deep belief that our veterans are assets whose leadership is needed now more than ever here at home.The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve one of three outcomes at the conclusion of the fellowship: full-time employment, pursuit of higher education or a permanent role of service.
At the culmination of the fellowship, each Fellow will lead a service project in his/her community, bringing veterans and civilians together in days of service nationwide. These projects are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our men and women in uniform.
The goal of the program works to achieve one of three outcomes at the conclusion of the fellowship -full-time employment, pursuit of higher education or permanent role of service. "If you can not stand up and have the back or fight for somebody who has fought for us, then what value do we have? said Jermaine Andre.
Whether you want to volunteer the the St. Louis office, become a regional Veteran Outreach Coordinator or Community Service Coordinator, or simply spread the word about The Mission Continues, they have a spot for you on the team. For more information click on the link below: