Former President Jimmy Carter to Present Lillian Carter Award to Returned Peace Corps Volunteer at 40th Anniversary Celebration
May 14, 2001Award named in honor of former president’s mother salutes senior volunteer from the Southeast
ATLANTA, May 14, 2001—Former President Jimmy Carter will present the Lillian Carter Award to an outstanding senior Returned Peace Corps Volunteer at a Peace Corps 40th anniversary celebration at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16th at the Carter Center. The event is sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Office of the Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association.
The Lillian Carter Award recognizes a volunteer who at the time of service was age 50 or older and who has demonstrated a commitment to the Peace Corps’ third goal: to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. The recipient will be announced at the May 16th celebration, which will also feature Jason Carter, the grandson of the former president who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, and Acting Peace Corps Director Charles R. Baquet III.
Lillian Carter joined the Peace Corps in 1966 and served for two years as a health volunteer in India. At the time of her service, she was 68 years old.
The Lillian Carter Award, established by the Atlanta Regional Office of the Peace Corps in 1986, is awarded every five years to recognize outstanding service by senior volunteers. Of the more than 7,000 volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps, 7 percent are age 50 or older. The oldest currently serving volunteer is 80.
Since President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 162,000 people have served in 135 countries, working to teach children, helping to improve health and nutrition of families, bringing clean water to communities and preventing the spread of AIDS.