Warrior Gateway partnered with ServiceNation and local organizations to host three of the eleven 11/11/11 Mission Serve projects nationwide. The projects brought together the civilian and military communities through volunteerism and service. Celebrities, professional sports teams, and others helped make these 11 nationwide projects memorable. Members of the Warrior Gateway team helped coordinate and host projects in Seattle, Tucson, and Denver. All three events were a great success; with volunteers of all ages and background joining together for a day of service. The purpose of these events coincide directly with the mission at Warrior Gateway: connecting the military community and their families to meaningful resources in their local communities. Helping the military community connect with their local community is essential for a successful transition. The Warrior Gateway team was honored to partner with ServiceNation and others for these signature events.
The Tucson project brought together the civilian community, military and vetereans alike. Volunteers gathered at Tucson Mountain Park to perform various community services including buffel grass removal, trail work, litter clean-up and mural painting. ”I couldn’t imagine a better turnout for Tucson,” said Tabitha Cooper, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway, and coordinator of the event. “I saw veterans, active duty service members and civilians working together as a whole; serving alongside one another to better our community. It was truly a beautiful event and I cherish days like this.” Tabitha’s husband currently serves in Afghanistan, which makes events such as this close to her heart. Photos from the event.
In Seattle, Warrior Gateway joined Veterans Conservation Corps, and the Sierra Club for the second annual Veterans Day at Hamm Creek Estuary event. For the past two decades Hamm Creek has been transformed into a more natural setting, in addition it has been a focal point in veteran healing and transition. Volunteers showed up in great numbers, despite a steady rainfall in Seattle. A little damp weather did not deter members of the military community, veterans, and civilians to join together for a morning of beautifying the already stunning Hamm Creek Estuary. ”It was an honor to be involved with a project such as this on Veterans Day,” said Mike Broom, Marketing Manager at Warrior Gateway. ”Seeing the multitude of volunteers come together, both military and civilian, and work side by side despite rainy weather was an amazing experience. Weather could not put a damper on the dedication and strength of those in attendance.” Photos from the event.
The third event featured volunteers from all backgrounds (active duty, veterans, military families, civilians) come together to clean up the Cherry Creek Trail in Denver. Volunteers helped Denver Parks by collecting over 20 bags of debris along the trail, replacing wire around trees, and painting a bridge. ”As coordinator for the event, it was wonderful to see relationships being built during the three-hour service project at Cherry Creek,” said Nathalia Magri, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway. ”By the end of the day everyone was exchanging contact information, and the non-profits involved had a chance to inform those in attendance of their services offered.” Photos from the event.
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