May 19, 2005: Headlines: Older Volunteers: Carter Award: Awards: Atlanta Journal Constitution: Volunteer's work yields Lillian Carter award

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Volunteer's work yields Lillian Carter award

Volunteer's work yields Lillian Carter award

Volunteer's work yields Lillian Carter award

Volunteer's work yields Lillian Carter award

Published on: 05/19/05

Eileen Blumenthal remembers reading about Lillian Carter, the mother of a president who joined the Peace Corps when she was 68.

Blumenthal told herself she'd like to do the same.

"Finally one day, I said to myself, 'Eileen, what are you waiting for?' " said Blumenthal, who joined the corps in 1989, at age 60. She taught English in Nepal.

On Wednesday, the Peace Corps gave Blumenthal The Lillian Carter Award, handed out every two years to outstanding volunteers who served when they were 50 or older.

Blumenthal, now 75, followed her two years in the Peace Corps volunteering in Romania with World Vision, a Christian child sponsorship and disaster relief charity.

She later turned her Washington, D.C. home into a hostel for visitors, and organized a group of former corps volunteers to travel to Honduras in the wake of a hurricane.

Blumenthal received the award at a Carter Center ceremony from former President Jimmy Carter and his grandson, Jason Carter, who served with the Peace Corps in South Africa.

Currently, more than 7,700 volunteers serve in 138 countries. Roughly 6 percent of volunteers are 50 or older.

Lillian Carter, a nurse, joined the Peace Corps in 1966, serving in India.

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