Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Steny Hoyer on the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

One of my best friends is considering volunteering for the Peace Corps and I recently wrote her a recommendation. Based upon what she's told me about the process and the questions I was asked when giving her the recommendation, it's obvious they thoroughly vet potential volunteers and make sure they receive high quality volunteers who are truly ready for the two year commitment they are making. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that the program has proven to be such a rewarding program for both the volunteers and the communities they serve.

As today is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, there have been a lot of people commenting on the program. This is what Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives, had to say about the anniversary.
“Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, established by President John F. Kennedy to foster international cooperation and provide life-changing service opportunities to generations of Americans. Since its founding, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps, promoting goodwill by addressing global needs and providing technical assistance to 139 countries throughout the world. Thanks to the hard work and service of its volunteers, more developing countries have the skilled workers needed to build and staff schools, strengthen public health, promote business development, increase access to clean water, and assist with other critical services.

“This is also a moment for us to reflect on the life of Sargent Shriver, who skillfully guided the Peace Corps as its first Director, and who inspired Americans through a lifetime of good works. I am pleased that his faith in service lives on through the Peace Corps’s volunteers.”

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