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MEDIA ADVISORY: Volunteering and Development: Peace Corps and USAID to Host Conversation to Mark the 30th Anniversary of the Small Project Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2013 – Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 3, Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will bring the service and development communities together for a conversation that explores the impact volunteers have on international development.

“Volunteering for Development: Mobilizing for Global Impact” will feature remarks from Peace Corps Acting Director Ms. Carrie Hessler-Radelet and USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, as well as special guests U.S. Representative David E. Price, Special Olympics International Chairman of the Board Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, VSO International Chief Executive Ms. Marg Mayne, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States His Excellency Bockari Stevens and Provost of the George Washington University Dr. Steven Lerman.

The event will include remarks from agency heads and a panel discussion. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Small Project Assistance (SPA) program, a partnership between USAID and the Peace Corps that allows Peace Corps volunteers and their communities to access small grants and training to implement grassroots development projects. Tuesday’s event will feature award-winning photographs taken by Peace Corps volunteers demonstrating the impact of SPA projects, including providing safe drinking water to a community in Vanuatu, educating youth about HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso, and providing hot meals to hungry children in Paraguay.

WHAT:    Volunteering for Development: Mobilizing for Global Impact

WHO:      Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah

U.S. Congressman David E. Price

Special Olympics International Chairman of the Board Dr. Timothy P. Shriver

VSO International Chief Executive Ms. Marg Mayne

Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States His Excellency Bockari Stevens

Provost of the George Washington University Dr. Steven Lerman

WHERE:               Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University
                              805 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C.

WHEN:                 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013

RSVP:  Media interested in attending should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

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About the Peace CorpsAs the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.  

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