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!

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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Mar 25

Honoring Two Peace Corps Milestones

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week honors two milestones we’re celebrating this month: the anniversary of Sargent Shriver’s tenure with the Peace Corps, and the birthday of William “Bill” Josephson, our senior advisor and a close friend and colleague of Sargent Shriver's. On March 22, 1961, President...

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Mar 04

Celebrating 58 Years of Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 58th 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 Shriver’s...

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Jan 28

Strength and Leadership, at Home and Abroad

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver describes how the the US can create a strong, secure environment at home and abroad, to the benefit of communities around the world. His message reminds us that we are all connected and that choosing to uplift each other has ramifications that go well...

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Jul 30

Peace and Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a powerful call to peace that Sargent Shriver made at the Shriver Center UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland. Sarge made the point that "now more than ever, we depend on one another for our very existence." And with advancements in technology that in some...

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