Peace Corps    

Social Impact Profile ™

Areas of Impact:
Animals,Children & Youth

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

    Updates

    Senator Leahy, Peace Corps Director Promote Importance of Global Service During UVM Visit

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2012 – Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams (returned Peace Corps volunteer, Dominican Republic, 1967-1970) was joined today by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at an event at the University of Vermont in Burlington to promote the importance of global service and highlight the contributions of Vermont’s current and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Leahy is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Department of State and Foreign Operations, which handles the Senate’s annual budget bills for foreign operations, including the Peace Corps. Read More
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Installs 'Merry-Go-Round' Water Pump in South Africa

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 9, 2012 - Peace Corps volunteer Andrew Hubble of San Mateo, Calif., recently installed a ‘Play Pump’ water filtration system, which will serve as a reliable source of fresh drinking water for his South African community. Read More