The Mission Continues Chicago 1st Platoon – Service Through Urban Farming
The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.
Veterans possess the drive and desire to serve others, but without access to the tools needed, their potential to make meaningful impact at the local level remains untapped. On the other end of the spectrum growing numbers of communities in this country are under-resourced and being left behind.
The essential work that The Mission Continues does is to connect veterans with under-resourced communities by deploying service platoons. A service platoon is a team of veteran and non-veteran volunteers that mobilizes together to solve a specific challenge in their community, alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders.
Growing Roots is proud to have supported the work of The Chicago 1st Platoon of The Mission Continues. With more than 122,000 Chicagoans living in food deserts with little access to healthy food options, the Chicago 1st Platoon is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of low-income neighborhoods by educating individuals and bringing communities together to promote healthier lifestyles.
The Chicago 1st Platoon deploys veteran volunteers alongside Neighborspace and the Cook County State’s Attorney Office to support community gardens, connecting the community through fresh food. Through this unique model, veterans build meaningful connections and grow as individuals while creating long-term, sustainable local impact.
Interested in Getting Involved?
Report for duty in your community! The Mission Continues programs and events are open to veterans of all eras with a desire to continue their service. Military service isn’t required to take action either. The Service Platoon Program is a open to all volunteers – young and old, veteran and non-veteran. Join a project near you!