Target and The Mission Continues Named Finalists for U.S. Chamber Partnership Award

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“The Best Partnership finalist recognition for Target and The Mission Continues is a nod to their joint effort to enable citizen leadership among our returning veterans."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) announced that Target and The Mission Continues are finalists for the Best Partnership Award, a category in the prestigious annual Corporate Citizenship Awards program.

Target and The Mission Continues are recognized for their collaboration to strengthening the connection between the military and civilian communities through service. In 2010, Target and The Mission Continues partnered to mobilize veterans, active duty military and Target team members to work together to improve schools in military communities. On Veterans Day, more than 1,000 volunteers participated in service projects in 11 schools across the country.

Target is committed to supporting education, serving schools and honoring the service and sacrifices of military families. The Mission Continues empowers veterans to regain purpose in their lives by serving as leaders in their communities. Target is committed to working with The Mission Continues reshape how our nation accepts returning veterans. This year, the two organizations are expanding to perform 15 service projects on Veterans Day.

The Best Partnership category honors companies and charitable organizations for working together to address important social issues. The winner of this award is determined by online public voting at http://www.corporatecitizenshipvote.com. Voting in the 2011 competition began September 19th and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 28th.

In 2010, more than 15,000 votes were cast to select the winning partnership. The 2011 winner will be announced on November 17th at a celebratory event hosted at the U.S. Chamber headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“The desire to serve is strong in many Americans, perhaps especially in our military personnel,” said U.S. Chamber BCLC Founder and Executive Director Stephen Jordan. “The Best Partnership finalist recognition for Target and The Mission Continues is a nod to their joint effort to enable citizen leadership among our returning veterans, as well as their ability to strengthen military communities through volunteerism.”

Full information about the U.S. Chamber BCLC Corporate Citizenship Awards is available at http://bclc.uschamber.com/awards.

About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is the nation’s most innovative, high-impact veterans’ organization, uniquely dedicated to empowering post-9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through continued service here at home. Founded in 2007 when Navy SEAL Eric Greitens returned from Iraq, the organization offers paid service fellowships to veterans, awarding over 170 fellowships in 29 states to date. The Mission Continues is reshaping the way this country welcomes home our veterans by showing that these men and women are tremendous assets whose leadership and skills can be vital to their community’s improvement. For more information, please visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.

About The Business Civic Leadership Center
The Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) is affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, serving as the business community’s resource and voice for social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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