About Mass Deployment: Our Mass Deployment program is a team-based event that mobilizes veterans alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of community impact. This year, we have selected Chicago as the host for the program named Operation Chi-Town Salute. Through four days of large-scale service projects we aim to engage 85+ veterans from across the United States, engage 100+ local Chicago-area veterans, complete 60+ projects at five nonprofit partner locations, engage 200+ community members to serve alongside our veterans, and contribute $200,000 worth of community service impact to Chicago.
Day 4 will be spent serving two partners in the heart of Englewood: Hope Manor II and Kennedy-King College. Hope Manor II is one of the first large scale, supportive housing developments in the country specifically designed for head of household Veterans and their families, and with the impending closure of Whole Foods, the garden at Hope Manor II will be providing the primary access to fresh foods, education, and a calming space where people can improve their mental health. Kennedy-King College, who serves the largest predominantly Black student body of any college on the list, was ranked eighth in the country by Academic Influence on their list of 50 best community colleges of 2022, and was named the top community college in Illinois by Forbes in 2021.
Together with our partners, we will spend the day serving to:
Transform the youth center space into a welcoming environment with seating, bright colors, and storage space.
Add shade structures to the outdoor playground area and community garden
Build an outdoor stage at the community garden
Complete outdoor landscaping including laying mulch and native annual plants
Registration is from 8:30am-9:00am. We will begin the project at 9:00am.