Posted: March 8, 2002
VT- In a letter to Middlebury College President John M. McCardell
Jr., Peace Corps Chief of Staff Lloyd O. Pierson announced that Middlebury
ranks second on an annual list of all small colleges and universities
producing Peace Corps volunteers. The Peace Corps defines small colleges
and universities as those schools with less than 5,000 undergraduates.
In the Peace Corps 41-year history, 382 Middlebury alumni have joined
its worldwide effort. There are 22 Middlebury alumni currently serving
in the Peace Corps.
Describing the Colleges Peace Corps volunteers, Pierson wrote, They apply the skills and knowledge they acquired during their time at your institution to help improve the lives of many people in need. The important role that these students play in promoting hope, opportunity, and freedom cannot be underestimated in this time of adversity.
To support President Bushs goal to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers over the next five years and build upon the valuable humanitarian work of the Peace Corps at home and abroad, we will be creating more opportunities for Americans to serve around the world and to bring those experiences back home, said Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez in a news release issued by the Peace Corps.
Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps has sent more than 165,000 trained volunteers to 135 countries. This year, 7,000 volunteers and trainees are in 70 countries around the world working to help fight hunger, bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS.