This week, we celebrated a special moment in Peace Corps history. It was on November 2, 1960, that John F. Kennedy first gave a name to the idea that would become the Peace Corps. Running for president, in a speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, he declared, “I am convinced that the pool of people in this country of ours anxious to respond to the public service is greater than it has ever been in our history.”
We know what it means to meet historic moments. Since March 2020, we have seen how the Peace Corps community has met unprecedented times with an unparalleled response. From working to support evacuated Volunteers to helping amid the COVID-19 pandemic, from advocating for a better and stronger Peace Corps to helping refugees, we’ve seen time and again how Peace Corps ideals make an impact.
Just last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee convened hearings to discuss the work of the Peace Corps and other agencies. In working with returned Volunteers, Acting Director Carol Spahn singled out the importance of the collaboration the agency does with National Peace Corps Association. And in underscoring the importance of the Peace Corps when it comes to nurturing ideals — and investing in the shared future of the planet — Chairman of the Committee Gregory Meeks said this crucial work “demonstrates who we are and why democracy, development, and diplomacy is what should take the lead.”
We couldn’t agree more.
And we know that in a changed world, there’s tremendous work to do — here at home and in communities around the world. That’s why in the weeks ahead I hope you’ll help us advance the mission and values of the Peace Corps by showing your support for National Peace Corps Association on Day of Giving, on November 30.
With your support, we can engage more members of our Peace Corps community and increasingly be a powerful force for good.
President and CEO