May 29, 2002 - Press Release: Returned Volunteers form the Peace Corps Fund

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By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 3:14 pm: Edit Post

Returned Volunteers form the Peace Corps Fund

Read and comment on this Press Release from the Peace Corps Fund announcing the formation of a non-profit, tax exempt organization, that will support community service work throughout the United States by former Peace Corps Volunteers. Co-founders John Coyne and Barbara Ferris are known for their long involvement with the Returned Volunteer community and were leaders of the Committee for the Future of the Peace Corps.

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Washington, D.C.--Honoring President John F. Kennedy's birthday today, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) announced the establishment of The Peace Corps Fund. The Fund was created in response to President Bush's State of the Union Address in which he called to expand the Peace Corps and energize community service efforts In America.

Volunteers who serve overseas in the Peace Corps, a federal agency established in 1961, make a commitment to fulfill three goals: 1) to help improve conditions under which people live; 2) enhance understanding of Americans by people In other countries; and 3) improve Americans' understanding and appreciation of other people and cultures.

RPCVs have long viewed the Third Goal as a call for community service across the United States. With the creation of the Peace Corps Fund, RPCVs will now have the opportunity to secure grants to support a variety of community service programs, projects and activates that give them the opportunity to share what they have learned from having lived in developing countries and emerging democracies.

Programs and projects might include: cross-cultural folktales, textbooks, and essays written by RPCVs for students K-12; creation of Peace Corps Clubs for after school programs that would provide students a global view about peoples and cultures of the world; civic and language classes for new immigrants; curriculum based courses in high schools and colleges that contribute directly to a better understanding of our role as global citizens working for peace, as well as, books, films, and lecture series available for communities across the United States.

"September 11 reminded all RPCVs of their commitment to fulfill the Third Goal, "said John Coyne, a co-founder of the Fund and an RPCV who served in Ethiopia in the early 1960s."With the help of the Fund, Returned Volunteers will now be able to use their training and experience abroad to provide a domestic dividend to the United States at a time of crisis."

The Peace Corps Fund will support former Peace Corps Volunteers and former Staff as they develop local projects and programs to educate Americans--from school students to senior citizens--about the common bonds that they believe Americans share with people around the world.

According to Barbara Ferris, a co-founder of the Fund and an RPCV who served in the 1980s in Morocco, "the Fund has the support of members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Peace Corps community, and numerous Members of Congress. More importantly, we also have the enthusiastic encouragement of several former Peace Corps Directors, as well as early architects of the Peace Corps, and many professionals in the international development community."

Congressional hearings are planned to create legislation to support Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff as they develop projects, programs and activities to fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps Fund, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, is seeking support from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Fund will publish guidelines for grant requests this summer.

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By chiranjibi bhattarai ( on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 12:46 am: Edit Post

dear sir
I am chiranjibi Bhattarai from Nepal.I have already passed Bachelor Level Education And i want to work in the field of Peace so that i need the help of yours.As America is the develoved country so that i i get the member of this organisation i may get oppertunity to work in this field so that i want to ask here the detail information about your organization.Please kindly help me by sending all the information in my E-mail address.
thank you

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