The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is an organization that brings together veterans in the spirit of service and empowerment. Their goal is to engage veterans who are adjusting to life at home, connect them with other service members, and find purpose through community impact. The Association of Washington Generals sponsors service projects that The Mission Continues Service Platoons in the greater Seattle area are working on.
Recently, the Seattle 2nd Platoon completed an AWG-sponsored project at Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary School, in Marysville, WA. The Platoon created a community space at the elementary school, which included a cultural focal point of a hand-painted Tribal Nations Map and built six beautiful benches, one for each grade to be responsible for.
This past year, AWG sponsored supplies for the Seattle 1st Platoon, Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service Project at Ebey’s Landing, a National Historic Reserve, located on Whidbey Island. The 1st Platoon worked with the National Park Service to clear brush at the site and remodel the space’s interpretive site.
Jim Marsh Classic
In past years, the Association of WA Generals has been a proud sponsor of the Jim Marsh Classic. This 3-on-3 basketball tournament raises critical funding and awareness for Mentoring Works Washington and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, two causes near and dear to Mr. Marsh. Jim Marsh is a community leader who has mentored and coached thousands of Washington youth. He is currently the Director of Jammin’ Hoops Camps, and former President of Mentoring Works Washington. Mr. Marsh is also a champion for Parkinson's awareness, as he is living with Parkinson's and is very involved in the efforts of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation.
The Association of Washington Generals provides scholarships to children of military families stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord to attend SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills) Unlimited classes. These classes are administered through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office at JBLM, and provide youth the opportunity to be active in extracurricular activities such as dance, gymnastics, karate and boxing, music and art programs. In 2017, the Generals funded nineteen of these scholarships.
Washington national guard family programs
The Association of Washington Generals is proud of its steadfast commitment to attend to the needs of our nation’s uniformed service members, veterans, and military families. As such, the Association of Washington Generals provides contributions to the Washington National Guard Family Programs for various initatives that support the families of our National Guard members. These programs include:
- Holiday Gift Cards for National Guard Families & Youth
- Washington National Guard Youth Camps
- Operation Purple Summer Day Camps
- Month of the Military Child
- Scholarships to the Russell Wilson Passing Academy
Washington World Fellows
In 2017, the Association of Washington Generals launched the Washington World Fellows program, an academic fellowship and study abroad program open to current 10th grade students in Washington state. The fellowship consists of two parts: a six-week summer study abroad experience in Léon, Spain, and post-trip college-readiness support throughout students' 11th and 12th grade years.
The study abroad experience includes a full academic schedule with an emphasis on Spanish language and Spanish politics. Courses will be taught at a college level, and students will be able to earn dual college and high school credits. Following the study abroad experience, the World Fellows program will provide students with college-readiness support and leadership opportunities, including help with college applications.
The Association of Washington Generals helped sponsor Hero-Con! 2017, a unique event created and administrated by the Exceptional Family Member Program, serving families with special needs at JBLM. Hero-Con! is a call to adventure in which participants engage in an interactive story that takes them on a hero’s quest through recreational arts. Participants engage in a world of wonder by completing a series of hero trainings that include archery, sword play, martial arts, dance, and magic.
Washingtonian of the Year
The Washingtonian of the Year Award is bestowed by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Association of Washington Generals to persons who demonstrated leadership, selflessness, generosity and compassion in their service to others in Washington state throughout their lifetime.
2017 Award Winners: Gregg Alex and Dora Krasucki
Gregg and Dora founded the Matt Talbot Center, a recovery center providing intensive outpatient programs for men and women, as well as counseling programs, crisis intervention, and housing and shelter assistance. Gregg and Dora are highly deserving of this recognition for their over 30 years of support for the Greater Seattle area through their dedicated service leadership and spiritual guidance.
Community Service Award
The Community Service Award is bestowed by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Association of Washington Generals to residents of Washington state who have performed outstanding service to their community and deserve statewide recognition.
2017 Award Winner: Assunta Ng
Assunta Ng is the Founder and Publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly (NWAW), the only weekly English-edition newspaper serving Washington's Asian community. The NWAW has one simple goal: To empower, the Asian Community. Ng is incredibly deserving of this recognition not only for her outreach through NWAW, but for personal community service, and for her foundation's work promoting opportunities in higher education for women, the Asian community, and others.