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Travis Manion Foundation hosts projects in November


Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) will host more than 100 “Operation Legacy” service projects across the country and around the world in the month of November.

Operation Legacy is the fastest-growing movement to unite communities across the nation to create positive change, where more than 3,500 participants are expected to volunteer as a way to honor the legacies of America’s fallen heroes.

Each project across the country will be dedicated to a fallen military hero, who will be recognized during the opening ceremony. Select projects will also include a GORUCK component, where following the service project volunteers will ruck two miles or more carrying a weighted backpack.

For the fourth year, Philadelphia will host a Travis Manion Foundation Operation Legacy service project this November. Volunteers will take part in vacant lot cleanup, alley cleanup, and street cleaning in the Point Breeze neighborhood. This neighborhood is one of the city’s most historically underserved communities and highest crime communities.

The local project was organized by community members, who serve as local volunteer project leaders for TMF. Those interested in volunteering for this project, which takes place at Wharton Square Park, 2300 Wharton St., Philadelphia, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, can register or learn more by visiting Those unable to attend this project can also start their own project by signing up as a Virtual Volunteer.

Local residents serve as volunteer power through most of community problems with mass service events like this; rallying hundreds of volunteers to clean parks, clear illegal dumping from alleys, conduct community health fairs, and rehab city-owned facilities with no budgets of their own.

Operation Legacy projects aim to engage veterans, families of the fallen, and civilians alike, by activating them to lead and serve others in their communities. Americans across the country are invited to volunteer with TMF for Operation Legacy, as a way to honor the past and build the future, while exemplifying the strength of America’s national character. All projects have been organized by local volunteers, who are helping to unite the community through service, and encouraging their neighbors to live by the “If Not Me, Then Who…” mantra to spearhead a movement of character, leadership, and selfless service.

“During this time of unprecedented divide throughout our country, it is reassuring to see volunteers from various backgrounds step forward in an effort to unite their community through service,” said Amy Looney Heffernan, Gold Star wife of Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney and vice president of TMF.

“By bringing communities together to serve in honor of our fallen heroes, we are not just keeping their legacy alive, we are passing their values along to the next generation of leaders.”

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