NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst Makes Statement (Guatemala)
To the Peace Corps Community,
The victory of President-elect Donald Trump leaves much to be asked about the future of the Peace Corps and the causes returned Volunteers and the greater community have championed over many years.
What we know is that President-elect Trump—and millions of Americans—have already reassessed America and her role in the world, and the overwhelming conclusion is that change is needed. How that change will manifest itself is uncertain. Who will influence it is not.
Since the day four years ago when I came aboard as President and CEO of National Peace Corps Association, I have been inspired and motivated by the commitment to Peace Corps ideals by every member of our community. As individuals and affiliate groups, in communities across America and all over the world, each and every day the Peace Corps community rises to the challenge in pursuit of peace, progress and understanding. It’s what unites us. It’s what makes us family. It’s what makes us represent the best of America.
Now, more than ever, our best is needed.
President-elect Trump has earned the opportunity to lead our nation. It is now up to us to help bridge the divide in our communities at home and abroad, fight for our common causes, and commit to action—not words—in order to further our ideals.
As a community, we need to ensure that President-elect Trump, his administration and the next Congress prioritize the Peace Corps. We need to guarantee that the causes we care most deeply about are core to the mandate for change. We need to demonstrate that our vision is firm – a more peaceful world through greater understanding and awareness.
In these times of uncertainty, one thing remains the same: NPCA’s mission to champion lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals. Central to that mission is ensuring the future of the Peace Corps, an even bigger and better Peace Corps. In the coming days, weeks, months—and years—we’ll be organizing for action, with opportunities to connect, engage, and advocate.
There is much to be done in bringing about change, and there is no community more capable of such a towering task.
The opportunity to impact the future is now. Let’s seize that opportunity.
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1989-91
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Thank you for these important words, Glenn!
Using the word ‘earned’ struck me as ‘bending the knee’. Do you really believe that is a necessary position?
Change is the one constant in the universe and each one of us individually and collectively can influence the direction of that change. Since it appears Hillary Clinton received more popular votes than Donald Trump, I do not think there is a mandate for the kind of change he has advocated by word and deed. I believe the American public will embrace the kind of change exemplified by the Peace Corps Third Goal where we help fellow citizens understand, appreciate and embrace people of different cultures abroad and domestically.
James, the popular vote gives no political power. The government will be controlled by those who won on Tuesday. Trump campaigned against “globalism”. How that will translate into policy, I don’t know. A mandate is one vote more than the other guy got, unless the other guy’s party controls either the House or the Senate of the United States. That did not happen. The Republicans control the federal government.
I am so appreciative of Glenn Blumhorst’s comments. During this transition time, when Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet may resign in January and Peace Corps may have only an “Acting” Director for months. Glenn will provide continuity for the Peace Corps community. I wish him well.