Peace Corps

Our blog is the place we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Mar 23

A Poignant Anniversary for the Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 59th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as the first Director of the Peace Corps. As with many of our institutions, today the Peace Corps faces an unprecedented situation, that of recalling all of its current volunteers from abroad because of the risks...

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Mar 02

The Peace Corps in the 21st Century

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 59th anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps. On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed the executive order to create the Peace Corps. Three weeks later, on March 22, he would name Sargent Shriver as its first Director. Taken from Sargent...

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Jan 06

"No matter how many bombs we drop ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a basic principle that we can't afford to forget now: no amount of violence can lead to a more peaceful world.Sargent Shriver spoke these words two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while addressing his alma mater at the Yale University Daily...

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Nov 18

"Architects for Humanity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that unless we place the welfare of humanity above all else, in our politics, commerce, and in all of our systems, we are prioritizing the wrong things. This is a timely message in a moment when so many communities at home and abroad are struggling with economic...

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Oct 14

The Peace Corps' Origin Story: A Lesson in Leadership and Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 59th anniversary of a fateful speech by John F. Kennedy at the University of Michigan, our Quote of the Week recalls the origins of the Peace Corps. It also reminds us of the strong leadership and belief in service of thousands of Americans, politicians and civilians alike, which brought...

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Sep 16

Shining a Spotlight on Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses some fundamental principles of being a Peace Corps Volunteer that we'd like like to celebrate this week. They are principles that Sargent Shriver cultivated in himself and in all of the institutions he created. We chose our Quote of the Week in anticipation of the...

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May 27

Remembering President Kennedy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week honors our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, on the 102nd anniversary of his birth this week. A leader who captured the imagination of millions throughout the world, and whose sweeping initiatives, from creating the Peace Corps to expanding the space program and...

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Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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