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As the Ebola epidemic crept into Liberia in March 2014, a dramatic shift began to take place.

In a matter of months, the widespread belief that Ebola didn’t even exist gave way to a gripping fear across Monrovia, the capital city.

When the decision was made to evacuate Peace Corps volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at the end of July, the agency worked quickly to ensure each volunteer returned safely to the United States.

This was not an easy operation as logistics and already-challenged roads had deteriorated with the full force of the rainy season.

Once we, as American and Liberian Peace Corps staff members, achieved our goal of seeing all volunteers safely back home, we began educating ourselves on the potential impact the Ebola virus could have in Liberia.

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Virginia is the first state in nation to become employer of national service

Augusta Free Press, Waynesboro, Virginia

Governor McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia is the first state in the nation to become an Employer of National Service, encouraging AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to put their skills and experience to work for Virginia state government.

“To build the new Virginia economy and make this Commonwealth a world-class place to live, work, and raise a family, we need to attract the best and brightest people to work in state government,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni have skills, dedication, a can-do attitude, and a commitment to the greater good – and we want more of them to join our team.”

“Pursuing a career in state government is a great way for alumni of national service programs to continue their work giving back to their communities and the nation,” stated First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “I am proud that Virginia is a leader in encouraging these talented individuals to enter the state workforce pipeline.”

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AGENCY AND VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS

U.S. and partners gather to foster a more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean

Government Security News, Massapequa Park, New York

Engineers with appetites returns to ESF

ESF, Syracuse, New York

RETURNED VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS

Morocco: How an online artisan marketplace wants to upend the world of fair trade – Fast Company

Morocco: Class spurs Mara Hansen ’06 to pursue a career in public health – Willamette University – Salem, Oregon

Philippines: Filipino social entrepreneurs names Ashoka Fellows – Rappler – Pasig City, Philippines

Mali: Father Peter Heasley of Goshen – Times Herald-Record – Middletown, New York

Botswana: News Briefs – Ferris State Torch – Big Rapids, Michigan

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