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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

UNITED FOR IMPACT: PEACE CORPS AND AMERICORPS FORGE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO MOBILIZE U.S. AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW

Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn and AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith Travel to California for Roundtable with Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Community Leaders to Discuss the Impact of Global and Domestic Service

(Los Angeles, Calif. | Wednesday, January 24, 2024) – Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn and AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agencies, launching a new collaboration aimed at galvanizing the next generation of community service leaders and volunteers. The signing event also spotlighted California as the top-producing state of dedicated Peace Corps Volunteers, and the long-standing engagement of Californians in service opportunities that foster resilient communities and global progress.

"The Peace Corps and AmeriCorps share a foundational belief in the transformative power of service," said Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn. "At this pivotal moment in history, we are coming together to inspire people of all ages to unite through service, whether here at home or abroad."

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps will team up to broaden participation by U.S. Americans of every background and community in international and domestic service. Together, the agencies will recruit and retain members and volunteers who are committed to advancing the causes of peace, friendship, strong communities, and civic engagement through service and volunteering.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Peace Corps to inspire more Americans to serve their neighbors in need at home and abroad,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith. “For decades, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps have created pathways for concerned individuals to strengthen communities and their own lives. This partnership will allow us to accelerate and expand recruitment and outreach to introduce even more individuals to the transformative power of service.”

At the event, the Peace Corps announced the agency’s 2023 rankings for the top volunteer-producing states in the United States. These rankings celebrate states that have sent the highest number of residents, between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023, to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers abroad. Of the nearly 2,500 volunteers currently serving around the word, more than 180 hail from California, and the top Peace Corps Volunteer producing states are: (1) California; (2) New York; (3) Texas; (4) Florida; (5) Virginia; (6) North Carolina; (7) Colorado and Maryland; (8) Georgia and Pennsylvania; (9) Washington; and (10) New Jersey. At the request of host country governments, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members in 58 countries in six program sectors: agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development.

California is grateful to collaborate with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps as we call on people to serve,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. “California Service Corps members are 10,000 strong and united in their efforts to solve some of our state’s greatest challenges. We need their passion and commitment and encourage all Californians to explore these service opportunities.”

While in Los Angeles, Director Spahn and CEO Smith will also participate in meetings with representatives from the television, arts, and media industries to explore elevating the transformative power of service in entertainment to inspire others to volunteer. Additionally, the two agency heads will participate in roundtable discussions with leaders from historically underrepresented communities to discuss how to reduce barriers to service, and how to better support Peace Corps Volunteers and AmeriCorps members from these communities.

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps invite individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Visit PeaceCorps.gov/Bold to learn more about the Peace Corps and explore opportunities to serve. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2024. Visit AmeriCorps.gov/Serve to learn more about AmeriCorps service and how to make a difference in communities while gaining the skills to kickstart your career and earn money to pay for college.

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ABOUT THE PEACE CORPS:
The Peace Corps is an international service network of Volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development, and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 144 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT AMERICORPS:
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteering, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

CONTACT:
Charmion Kinder
Peace Corps Communications Director
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Karen Mascarinas
Peace Corps Deputy Communications Director
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Jonah Bryson
AmeriCorps Press Secretary
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