Accomplishment Spotlight: AmeriCorps VISTA James Casey and The Mission Continues Honor 9/11 Through Service November 1, 2012Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
For James Casey, an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to The Mission Continues through the ALA Call to Service Corps, September 11 was more than just a tragedy — it was a call to action.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Army Reserve, Casey is clear about his commitment to honor the fallen.
“Personally, for me, it’s not just a service project,” he said. “I had already been in the Army when 9/11 happened for a year and a half. At that point, I had a realization: we were going to war. To be a part of a campaign that’s helping other people and honoring the fallen by serving the living, it fills one of those great gaps that I have inside.”
The Mission Continues, a national organization dedicated to challenging veterans to serve and inspire, was a natural landing spot for Casey. With his tireless support, and with the collaboration of Volunteers of America, Got Your 6 and My Good Deed, the organization was able to recruit 751 volunteers for 9/11 service projects in Chicago, Dallas, the District of Columbia, New York City, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Each project honored 9/11 in a different way. In Dallas, over 75 volunteers gathered at a residential facility, where they built a new playground, repainted interiors, stained patios and railings and gathered donations.
In Los Angeles, Casey worked directly with Volunteers of America to beautify North Hollywood Apartments, a transitional housing complex that supports veterans. He recruited 118 volunteers for the project. They painted exteriors, landscaped and conducted general maintenance tasks throughout the day. Casey also secured in-kind donations totaling nearly $40,000 for the project, providing resources like paint and wood stain.
Casey is actively working towards The Mission Continues’ upcoming Veterans Day projects.