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Mission Accomplished C.A.R.E.s About Students Going to School



Going away to college can be difficult, from financing school to adjusting in a new environment. Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished), a local non-profit organization with a focus on coaching, training and mentoring millennial young professionals into careers, has set out to help ease the financial burden placed on students going away to school. Mission Accomplished has created the College and Room Essentials (C.A.R.E) Initiative. Students from around the Capital Region received C.A.R.E. packages filled with various college necessities to help them get a jump start on campus.

CAP COM Cares Foundation, the title sponsor of the C.A.R.E. Initiative, assisted Mission Accomplished with assembling 29 C.A.R.E. packages and delivered the C.A.R.E. packages to Mission Accomplished during their 2nd annual CAP COM Cares Tour. 

“CAP COM Cares Foundation is proud to partner with Mission Accomplished in an effort to provide young adults with the tools they need to have the best educational experience possible once they set foot on their college campus,” said Amanda Goyer, Community Relations Manager at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.  

The C.A.R.E. packages are filled with classroom essentials such as notebooks, pens, binders and pencils as well as room essentials such as bedding, pillows, shower caddies, laundry bags, detergent and basic toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, and body wash.

Twenty-nine college students received C.A.R.E. packages throughout the summer to assist them with the transition into the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

“Students are committing themselves to higher learning. It is important they receive help with acquiring the essential supplies they need to be successful and feel comfortable in the collegiate world.” Said Carmen Duncan, Chief Coach and Founder of Mission Accomplished Transition Services.

"Ladies Who Launch happily supports Mission Accomplished and its efforts to assist students with the transition to college. Carmen Duncan, and Mission Accomplished, has been steadfast in their commitment to improving the lives of young adults, and we have been pleased to be a small part of these efforts," said Claudia Carroll, member of the Giving Circle, Ladies Who Launch.

Since the C.A.R.E. initiative began in 2015, 73 students have benefitted from the C.A.R.E. Initiative and 99 students have applied. 72.9 percent of recipients have an average household income of less than $45,000 per year.  Additional sponsors include Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Ladies Who Launch and the Albany County Bar Association; and several local groups collected school supplies and toiletries - SUNY Community Service Club, the UAlbany Bachelors Social Workers Association and UAlbany Advising Plus, Sage College of Albany Sage Aspiring Leaders and several other groups that support this important initiative.

“Coming from a single household family I knew a college education would be beyond our reach economically speaking. So the fact that I was able to save in all necessities needed for a college student while dorming on my first year was the best gift I could have asked for.” 2016 recipient.

Mission Accomplished was incorporated in 2012 by Carmen Duncan, a millennial social entrepreneur. The organization strives to prepare aspiring young professionals for the global economy by providing access to coaching, job training and professional development. Mission Accomplished offers industry-specific individual and group coaching to help students make informed decisions about their career choices and connect with the resources and people who will help them achieve their professional aspirations. For more information, go to www.matransitionservices.org

For sponsorship, donation and volunteer opportunities contact Carmen Duncan at 518-207-0209 or cduncan@matransitionservices.org .

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