Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Creating Vital Partnerships

CNCS Creating Vital Partnerships

Members from Retired Military Officers Association learn about ways to partner with the White-House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships April 25, 2012.

When looking for a group of dedicated individuals that are willing and able to provide assistance in the areas of employment, education, and wellness-- look no further than the Retired Military Officers Association (RMOA). Made up of military veterans who are now executives of successful small businesses, members of this organization are dedicated to serving and supporting veterans and military families.

I had the pleasure of speaking to this organization, informing them of ways to partner with the White-House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, its 13 Partnership Centers across government, Joining Forces, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Members of RMOA were not only eager to learn more about these offices and initiatives, but by the end of our meeting the organization pledged to actively engage with our office.

Several of our Centers are looking to expand their reach with RMOA’s membership and affiliates. The Small Business Administration’s microloan program, the Department of Education’s Together for Tomorrow school improvement initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer feeding program, and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Corporate Mentoring Challenge are all areas where RMOA can partner with the White-House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The members of RMOA are indeed proud citizens who have honorably served our nation. Their acute insight on business and communities has enabled them to mentor, employ, and help others. Engaging with RMOA will allow us to join forces in helping our veterans and military families through concrete service opportunities.

Clay Middleton is the Acting Director for the Center of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Corporation for National and Community Service, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bronze Star Medal recipient, and currently a Captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard as Bravo Co. 198th Signal Battalion Company Commander.

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