While visiting hospitalized veterans in 2007, Greitens discovered that despite having been severely wounded, many veterans still wanted to serve, if no longer in the military, then in their communities. Out of this experience grew Greitens's foundation, the Mission Continues, which funds fellowships for veterans around the country eager to volunteer their time and talents. Service projects and opportunities are today available in many settings: volunteers spend time in schools, homeless shelters, parks, food banks--virtually any location where people with energy and civic pride are needed.
Greitens believes that the commitment and devotion displayed by Mission participants is not limited to those who have served in the military. "We've created a human program that works for veterans," he says. "There is no reason it can't work for civilians."
This was essentially his message to students at NCC: there's no reason why EVERYONE cannot strive to make life better for people around them (and enrich their own lives in the process).
The importance of service--of being committed to the welfare of others and the betterment of the world--has been a major theme of many projects and programs at NCC this year. This same spirit of service will be reflected in the First-Year Experience program's annual Day of Service on Wednesday, April 2, in which the campus community will participate in a variety of campus and community service projects.
Though the school year is moving along, there's still time to catch the spirit and take part in the many activities related to the book and its emphasis on service. It's never too late to make a difference.