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A young girl and man sit on desks and smile for the camera. They are both wearing red shirts that say Wells Fargo volunteers. On one side of them is a woman wearing a red shirt, and on the other is a man wearing a blue shirt.
Wells Fargo team member John Petteway and his daughter Emma, 12, volunteered in Dallas last month with The Mission Continues.
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Deploying to missions with veterans

Wells Fargo kicked off its collaboration with The Mission Continues to empower veterans who have returned home through community service projects.

June 13, 2018

Thirty-five Wells Fargo team members, family members, and friends deployed with veteran volunteers to N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center in Dallas last month to build and paint reading nooks and a reading loft, revamp the teachers lounge, paint walls, and hang pictures. The service project kicked off a new collaboration between Wells Fargo and the nonprofit The Mission Continues.

The Mission Continues empowers veterans from across the country to build stronger communities through service. The organization’s service platoons of veteran volunteers work with nonprofits, community leaders, and corporations like Wells Fargo to improve education resources, increase access to parks and green spaces, foster neighborhood identity, and more.

“I want to thank Wells Fargo for sponsoring the Dallas 1st Platoon, and not only that, but having so many employees come out to our first project at our newly chosen school,” said Tymon Kapelski, Dallas 1st Platoon Leader for The Mission Continues. “It was a pleasure working with them and seeing them integrate so well with the platoon. I am grateful for the work that they did and the people I met, and am excited to continue this relationship into the future.”

Wells Fargo team members will also join veteran volunteers from The Mission Continues this year in New York, San Diego, and Phoenix. “We are excited to collaborate with Wells Fargo as the lead sponsor of four Mission Continues service platoons,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. “This opportunity allows us to engage even more veteran leaders as they serve in the community to drive positive and sustainable social impact.” 

This collaboration is just one of the ways Wells Fargo has committed to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families throughout its 166-year history. Since 2012, the company has donated more than $100 million to support sustainable housing, career transition, and financial education initiatives.

“The Mission Continues’ volunteers are a fine example of the attributes active-duty military and veterans offer: service, purpose, teamwork, dedication, hard work, and leadership,” said Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo’s Military Affairs program manager. “Wells Fargo recognizes and appreciates these qualities and what they bring to the workforce. This is why we are looking forward to working with The Mission Continues on these projects and continuing our commitment to employing military veterans, veterans with disabilities, and active military personnel.”