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Rotary and Peace Corps to announce collaborative agreement

WHAT: 

Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will announce an agreement to deepen cooperation between the two organizations to further international development. 

WHO:

John Hewko, General Secretary, Rotary International
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting Director, Peace Corps
Former Peace Corps volunteers who are members and staff of Rotary

WHEN:

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. CT

WHERE:   

Rotary International World Headquarters
1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Ill

CONTACT:

Michelle Kloempken, 847-866-3247, michelle.kloempken@rotary.org

BACKGROUND: Rotary International and the Peace Corps both boast long histories of promoting peace and friendship between cultures and undertaking sustainable development activities to help communities in need throughout the world. They also have networks of volunteers and members dedicated to making the world a better place.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

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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