The Mission Continues, PNC Bank to Host Community Service Project to Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center

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More than 100 people including local veterans will volunteer in downtown St. Louis during ‘Week of the Young Child.’

The surest, most-effective way to provide children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances is to create a pathway to success through early childhood education." Rick Sems, PNC Bank regional president in St. Louis.

The Mission Continues, a community-service organization that helps post-9/11 veterans transition from their lives in the military by redeploying them on new missions here at home, will join together with employees from PNC Bank and other community volunteers to conduct a major service project in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

More than 75 regional PNC Bank employees will work alongside U.S. military veterans, Mission Continues staff and community volunteers, to provide much-needed renovation work to St. Nicholas Preschool in downtown St. Louis. This facility, which currently has a waiting list of deserving families, serves nearly 90 young children representing more than 17 ZIP codes in the area. The project, which runs from 1 p.m.- 5p.m., will focus on renovating the main hallway, the library, the technology room, and outdoor play yard. The outcome of the project will have a lasting effect on the lives of the children and staff.

PNC’s service project coincides with April’s Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Fueled by the deep belief that veterans are among this country’s greatest assets, The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities' most pressing problems.

“The Mission Continues is honored to collaborate with PNC Bank employee volunteers on this day of service. Together we will improve and beautify a place where underserved children can learn and thrive,” said Spencer Kympton, President of The Mission Continues. “We’re asking our veteran volunteers, alongside our staff and community leaders, to apply their military skills to this new mission in our community. It is a win-win for everyone.”

Continuing its long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Forces, through hiring initiatives, scholarship opportunities and a specialized military lending business, PNC Bank has created a culture that supports those who have served in the military.

“Success in the military and success at PNC Bank are both reliant on motivated, highly engaged people working as cohesive teams to achieve objectives and accomplish missions,” said Rick Sems, PNC Bank regional president in St. Louis. “Children from undeserved communities typically start first grade 18 months behind and never catch up because of the resources it would take them to do so. Engaging our employees to work alongside The Mission Continues and local veterans in a day of service, so that every child has a place to learn, play and grow is completely aligned with our core values as a company.”

This year marks the ninth anniversary of PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. To date, the program has served more than 1.7 million children.

“The surest, most-effective way to provide children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances is to create a pathway to success through early childhood education,” Sems said.

About The Mission Continues
Mission Continues is a community service organization that helps post-9/11 veterans transition from the military to leadership roles at home. The Mission Continues benefits veterans and communities in equal measure. The organization sponsors veterans’ enrollment in a six-month service and leadership program. These veterans dedicate themselves to serving in their community, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week in community organizations to address issues like homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment. The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities' most pressing problems. Since its inception, The Mission Continues has awarded more than 600 fellowships and engaged thousands of volunteers at more than 350 community organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.

About PNC Bank
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (http://www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

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