Nominations Open for Peace Corps’ Lillian Carter Award for Older Volunteers

April 26, 2021

From April 26 to May 23, the Peace Corps is accepting nominations for the award to honor returned Peace Corps volunteers who served at age 50 or older.

WASHINGTON – Today, nominations for the Peace Corps’ Lillian Carter Award will open and be accepted until Sunday, May 23, 2021. This biennial award honors outstanding individuals who served in the Peace Corps at age 50 or older.

The Lillian Carter Award was established in 1986 in honor of President Jimmy Carter's mother, Lillian Carter, who, at age 68, served as a Peace Corps health volunteer in India. Lillian Carter’s commitment to Peace Corps service was an extension of her dedication to humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.

“Nearly 14,000 older Americans have answered the call to service and advanced the Peace Corps’ mission of promoting world peace and friendship. These volunteers bring their rich life experiences to the communities they serve,” said Acting Director Carol Spahn. “The Lillian Carter Award is given to one outstanding senior volunteer who demonstrates that service–both at home and abroad–can be impactful at any age.”

Those who are interested in nominating a returned Peace Corps volunteer for this award can do so here.

Candidates for this award must demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement and service, with a track record of supporting the Peace Corps’ mission. They should also have a history of advancing the Peace Corps' Third Goal of strengthening Americans' understanding of the world and its people.

Over 240,000 American citizens—13,898 of whom served over the age of 50—have dedicated themselves to promoting world peace and friendship since the Peace Corps was established 60 years ago in 1961.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in over 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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