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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Join U.S. Congressman John Tierney at Salem State University

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join U.S. Congressman John Tierney (MA-6) at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., on Wednesday, May 14 to talk with students and North Shore residents about the value of Peace Corps service for Americans of all ages. The event will feature currently serving Peace Corps volunteer Samantha Kinney, of Lynn, Mass., who will share her experiences living and working in the Dominican Republic.

Currently, 19 residents from Massachusetts’ sixth congressional district are serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 8,000 residents of the Bay State have served their country as volunteers. The Greater Boston region also ranks No. 7 nationwide among metropolitan areas with the most Peace Corps volunteers. 

Today, the Peace Corps is not just a chance to make a difference but also a training ground and launching pad for a 21st century career. Peace Corps volunteers work toward sustainable change in the farthest corners of the world and return home with cross-cultural, leadership and language skills that strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.

WHAT:

Peace Corps event at Salem State University

WHO:

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
U.S. Congressman John Tierney (MA-6)
Peace Corps volunteer Samantha Kinney of Lynn, Mass.

WHEN:

6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WHERE:

Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St.

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

The Peace Corps has eight regional recruitment offices across the country that work closely with prospective volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to ensure that all Americans who want to serve have the opportunity to do so. Students and community members can contact the Peace Corps’ Northeast Regional Office at nyinfo@peacecorps.gov for more information.

About the Peace Corps: As 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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