Kevin Schmiegel, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of Operation Gratitude, A DotCom Magazine Exclusive Interview. In his role as CEO, Schmiegel oversees the day to day operations of the organization and works closely with the Board to develop and implement the strategic plan, providing opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to those who serve. Drawing on his experience building grassroots campaigns and public-private partnerships, Schmiegel works to further Operation Gratitude’s reach as the largest and most impactful nonprofit in the country for hands-on volunteerism in support of Military, Veterans, and First Responders.Operation Gratitude’s (www.operationgratitude.com) mission is to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Since its inception in March 2003, Operation Gratitude has positively impacted 3 million Military, Veterans and First Responders across America and across the globe.
Corporate partners and grateful citizens from across the country donate more than 15 million “Wish List” and handmade items each year to share their gratitude. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization, participating in #VirtualVolunteerism and in-person volunteerism, through donation drives, letter-writing campaigns, craft projects, hands-on service projects, and other activities.