Helping Veterans Return to Civilian Life
In the fall of 2010, Goldman Sachs Gives committed to helping veterans like Retired Major Anthony Smith by donating $20 million over five years to fund a network of nonprofits, led by The Mission Continues, to help wounded and disabled veterans return to civilian life.
The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service.
Founded in 2007, The Mission Continues Fellows have served over 300,000 hours at 500 nonprofits in 46 states – all made possible with support from Goldman Sachs Gives.
The Mission Continues staff and Fellows have also led hundreds of community service events throughout the country. Through these veteran-led service projects, The Mission Continues brings veterans and civilians together – 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.
Visit the G.I. Go Fund to learn about a recent service project where Goldman Sachs volunteers and Mission Continues Fellows joined together to assemble more than 200 care packages for homeless veterans in Newark, New Jersey.