READOUT OF PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR CAROL SPAHN’S DAY OF SERVICE ENGAGEMENT WITH NATIONAL PARK SERVICE’S BRIAN JOYNER AND ROCK CREEK CONSERVANCY’S JEANNE BRAHA

(Washington, D.C. | Monday, January 15, 2024) – In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn joined returned Peace Corps volunteers to participate in a clean-up day at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park, a large urban park located in Washington, D.C.

Director Spahn met with the Acting Superintendent of Rock Creek Park for the National Park Service, Brian Joyner, and Rock Creek Conservancy's Executive Director, Jeanne Braha to discuss the importance of protecting the environment on a local, national, and global scale. The leaders discussed the profound connection between ensuring global resilience and human/civil rights. They affirmed that communities all over the world deserve access to clean air, water, and soil.

For more than six decades, the Peace Corps has contributed at the community level to strengthen resilience around the world. At the request of host country governments, Peace Corps volunteers work together with communities to strengthen understanding of environmental issues. Today’s activities serve as a platform to engage Americans in conversations about the importance of cultural exchange, tolerance, and mutual respect, key elements that align with Peace Corps’ mission.

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