The Mission Continues and Fox Sports Midwest will unite veterans and civilians in service for the opening project in the Summer Service Slam partnership, which will take place Saturday, May 18.
Started by CEO Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, The Mission Continues is a national non-profit organization that challenges post 9/11 veterans to continue their service to the U.S. by participating in community improvement projects throughout the nation.
Greitens recently appeared on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to speak of his program.
"We believe that this generation of veterans are assets to the country," Greitens said in an interview with Stewart. "We believe they come back with great experience and skills and we put them through an intensive six-month service and leadership placement in their community where they start working."
In Waynesville, veterans and volunteers will team with the local Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and work together to refurbish the Pulaski County Annex, formerly the Waynesville Middle School, located behind the Waynesville post office, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The Mission Continues brings veterans and civilians together in days of service nationwide," Linda Bright, executive director of the local ASYMCA, said. "These projects are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our men and women in uniform."
The ASYMCA is a non-profit organization funded in part by the National ASYMCA, annual fundraisers and generous donations. In addition to participating in the Summer Service Slam, the ASYMCA includes playgroups and classes, Operation Kid Comfort, C.A.R.E.S. and the Warriors in Town program (see asymcaMO.com for more information).
"The ASYMCA focuses on three major areas: healthy living, youth development and social responsibility," Bright said. "Programs, services and events are designed to focus on one of those three areas," and the Summer Service Slam is no exception.
Not only will veterans and civilians interact with each other, but also with former St. Louis Cardinal Al Hrabosky.
"We are very excited about the entire project and look forward to Al being here in Waynesville to kick off the day," Bright added.
During the event, which will take place regardless of inclement weather, volunteers will be asked to paint several indoor and outdoor areas, build two outdoor break areas and install new landscaping features.
Other projects include renovating the restroom facilities and concessions area, in addition to installing a new flagpole.
Families are welcome to volunteer together. Remember to wear gloves and expendable clothes.
Lunch will be provided by Colton's of St. Robert.
To sign up for the event, please pre-register at: http://missioncontinues.org/event/fox-sports-midwest-summer-service-slam-fort-leonard-wood.
Registration will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. the day of the event.
For more information, visit themissioncontinues.org