The Mission Continues

Reporting For Duty In Your Community

aka The Mission Continues   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.missioncontinues.org

Mission

We are on a mission to connect veterans with under-resourced communities. The Mission Continues empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Mary Beth Bruggeman

Main address

1141 South 7th St.

St. Louis, MO 63104 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Citizen Leadership

EIN

20-8742553

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans have a passion to continue serving a cause greater than themselves. It drove them to volunteer in the first place. But for countless veterans, there are considerable hurdles when transitioning to civilian life. They need tools, training and information to translate skills they honed in the military into civilian leadership and life skills. At the other end of the spectrum, growing numbers of communities across the country are under-resourced and are left behind. The Mission Continues helps solve both challenges. Through networks, training and pathways, veterans can continue their service while creating a meaningful impact in under-resourced communities. We create empowering and fulfilling community service opportunities that develop veterans into confident leaders. These experiences light a spark, fill them with new purpose and help them shape their future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Service Platoons Program

With shovel or hammer in hand, working beside others, veterans find strength, camaraderie and new purpose through our service projects. Service platoons, local teams of veteran and non-veteran volunteers that mobilize together to solve a specific challenge in their community, offer regular opportunities to serve. We operate over 80 service platoons throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


Each service platoon’s operation is unique to the platoon and that community’s specific challenges. Operations are ongoing and organized around weekly, monthly or quarterly events. Platoons collaborate with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to ensure community support and engagement. Like all Mission Continues programs, the service platoon experience gives veterans a powerful way to become leaders through the process of serving together with other veterans.

In addition to being a member of a service platoon, veterans have the chance to take on leadership roles within the platoon—either as part of the leadership team or as the platoon leader. The leadership team is a core group of volunteers who serve as logisticians, event planners, communications experts and veteran resource coordinators. Platoon leaders use their deep passion for service and entrepreneurial spirit to motivate and inspire the whole platoon.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Mass Deployment is a team-­based program that mobilizes military veterans alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of community impact. We select cities that will benefit from an influx of resources and that have the potential for sustainable growth, ensuring our efforts have a long­-term, visible impact within the communities we serve.

Our goals are to massively infuse resources into one city, while training and equipping veterans with the tools, resources and motivation to return home to their own communities and take their leadership and engagement to the next level.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Service Leadership Corps is a six-month, community-based leadership program that combines in-person and online learning with real-world applications. Using a cohort model, Corps members build leadership skills alongside a national network of veterans, tackling a defined challenge in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. Working together, they provide recommendations for solutions to drive community change.

This project-based learning gives Corps members an elevated awareness and appreciation for the challenges our country faces in cities and communities. This awareness—together with new skills gained through the program—will channel veterans’ continued desire to serve others into meaningful civic leadership that strengthens communities.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In every community and every program, our primary goal is developing veteran community leaders. Whatever the program, The Mission Continues experience forges veterans into civic leaders who are ready, willing and empowered to serve again—as local change makers and leaders. We harness this desire to serve, building veterans’ critical skills through training and by creating meaningful service opportunities nationwide.

For more than a decade, we have honed in on what makes The Mission Continues experience so special and transformative for veterans—the chance to connect with fellow veterans and communities to become leaders through service opportunities and targeted skills training. All of our programs employ this distinctive formula.

We have deep experience delivering on the critical issue of translating military skills to civilian skills. Ninety-four percent of veterans who serve in our programs report that they feel they have the skills and ability to make a difference in their community—and more than half feel more equipped to work in the civilian world.

Our Unique Approach: Veteran-led Collective Action
The experience of serving in the military forges deep bonds that endure for life. Ask any veteran what they miss about serving in the military and you are likely to hear about the camaraderie and feeling of a shared purpose. The Mission Continues taps into this unique dynamic and empowers veterans with a new mission and the chance to build new bonds—with veterans as well as community members—as they continue their service, together. It works. In 2018, nearly 65 percent of veterans joined our program to serve others, and 57 percent joined to connect with veterans specifically. Participants describe the relationships they developed with The Mission Continues members as unique compared to other relationships in their life. In fact, 90 percent say they would help a fellow volunteer in need under most circumstances—proof of the strength of these new bonds.

The principle of working as a team is central to military service—making veterans particularly well suited to leading collective efforts and inspiring a local corps of civilians and veterans to rally together. With operations in 56 cities, we deploy veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to tackle tough problems in under-resourced communities nationwide. Once again, veterans can come together to do what drew them to military service in the first place: making a difference and helping others. Through this unique model, veterans become leaders and build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military—while making long-term, visible transformations in communities. We also offer intensive and targeted programming for leadership training and open up pathways that connect veterans to new life and career opportunities that match their skills. Over ten years, we have activated more than 30,000 volunteers who have completed more than 1.2 million hours of service.

Community and veteran side by side, fixing up a neighborhood or refurbishing a school—this is the special power of The Mission Continues. By inspiring collective, community action, our service projects have helped break down barriers between veterans and civilians. These connections are profoundly meaningful to both parties.

With both national reach and a strong local presence in more than 40 cities from Los Angeles to New York, The Mission Continues is especially well positioned to reach thousands of veterans, while having meaningful impact in communities. We have developed strong relationships with local organizations and understand each area’s specific challenges. Working closely with these partners, we can be the boots on the ground. We are invested in these communities—and able to respond immediately during a crisis, or help with long-term community change.

For more than a decade, we have honed in on what makes The Mission Continues experience so special and transformative for veterans—the chance to connect with fellow veterans and communities to become leaders through service opportunities and targeted skills training.

Since 2007, as an organization, we have completed 1,250,580 hours of service, contribution over $30M in community investments. Starting with just five platoons in 2013, we now operate in more than 40 cities. Since our founding, we have engaged more than 80,000 volunteers in service and executed more than 7000 service events and supported more than 3800 nonprofit community organizations.
Throughout challenging conditions in 2020 due to COVID, The Mission Continues activated more than 5000 veterans and volunteers in service. In 2020, we held 274 projects and engaged 1891 veterans and volunteers through Operation Nourish--our response to growing food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our veterans consistently rate their experiences with The Mission Continues as very positive and report a significantly higher sense of purpose, resilience and positive relations with others compared to non-Mission Continues program participants.

In our 2020 annual survey of participants:
-91% of veterans who volunteer with our Service Platoon would recommend The Mission Continues to other veterans.
- We have a Net Promoter Score of 84 with veterans who have engaged with The Mission Continues over the past 2 years.

This positive feedback is proof that our model works in helping veterans find a meaningful outlet that fulfills their desire to keep serving. We are dedicated to continuing to fill this national need and reach more veterans and communities through our veteran-led community change movement. We are currently investing in our Regional Operations and Program Strategy teams and in our infrastructure to prepare The Mission Continues for our next era of impact and sustained growth nationwide.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Mission Continues

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nana Adae

JP Morgan Chase

Peter Bishop

Morgan Stanley

Nana Adae

JP Morgan Chase

Michele Flournoy

Center for a New American Security

Mary Beth Bruggeman

The Mission Continues

Meghan O'Sullivan

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government

Shelley Lavender

Boeing

Ray Odierno

(Ret.) United States Army

Len Kortekaas

Merrill Lynch

John Culver

Starbucks

Sally Chan

Warner Brothers

William McRaven

(Ret.) United States Navy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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