Target Joins The Mission Continues to Sponsor Nationwide Veteran-Led Community Service Projects to Mark Veterans Day

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The Mission Continues and Target to Facilitate Six Veteran-Led Projects Nationwide That Benefit Title 1 Schools and Empower Veterans to Serve in New Ways

Target and The Mission Continues Volunteers

The Mission Continues is reporting for duty in communities across the country,” said Spencer Kympton, The Mission Continues president “The Mission Continues is proud to partner with Target in supporting this generation of veterans.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Target will partner with The Mission Continues to facilitate six veteran led community projects in local communities across the county. The days of service will be coordinated by The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to serve their country in new ways. All of these projects will take place in schools designated Title 1 serving at-risk students. These projects combine three of Target’s philanthropic commitments: education, volunteer services and, the support of veterans’ transitions into civilian life.

The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization. It is supported by thousands of Americans who all believe that we can support veterans’ successful transitions while at the same time building stronger communities.

These projects will be held in major cities including: Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, and St. Louis. Tasks will include painting murals, installing bookshelves, planting gardens, and building picnic tables.

“The Mission Continues is reporting for duty in communities across the country by empowering veterans to serve in new ways.” said Spencer Kympton, The Mission Continues president “The Mission Continues is proud to partner with Target in supporting this generation of veterans to successfully reintegrate while building strong communities.”

“Target is honored to support our country’s veterans and the brave men and women who are serving in the armed forces,” said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations. “This Veteran’s Day, Target volunteers will work hand-in-hand with our partners at The Mission Continues to strengthen the connection between military and civilian communities through service.”

“After I got out of the military, I was happy to be home, but I missed the feeling of helping others that I had in the Marine Corps,” says Project Leader and Mission Continues Fellow, Kathryn Campbell,“ Through The Mission Continues, I am able to continue serving my country and apply my military skills to address issues right here in my community.”

Campbell's project is just a snapshot of the veteran-led school makeovers happening across the country. Veterans, current military and their families are encouraged to register for these projects. In order to find out more, visit The Mission Continues at http://www.missioncontinues.org

About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues empowers veterans to serve their country in new ways through two innovative and action-oriented programs. The first, The Mission Continues Fellowship harnesses veterans’ strengths, skills, and their compassion and empowers them to serve in their community on a daily basis. The second, The Mission Continues Service Platoons brings teams of veterans who are working together at the local level to build stronger communities. The Mission Continues has helped nearly 700 post-9/11 veterans focus their talents and energy to tackle challenges facing us right here at home. Through a unique model that provides reciprocal benefit for the veteran and the local community—six-month service fellowships—veterans volunteer to help others and, through their service, build new skills that help them launch their civilian career. To learn more, visit: http://www.missioncontinues.org or follow us on Twitter @missioncontinue.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 68 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

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