Public Service

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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!

Mon Jul 30 11:37:50 EDT 2018 Mon Jul 30 11:37:50 EDT 2018

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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Mon May 28 11:17:22 EDT 2018 Mon May 28 11:17:22 EDT 2018

Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

How do we honor those we have lost in war? For our Quote of the Week, we draw on some words that Sargent Shriver spoke on Memorial Day 50 years ago, as he reflected on what we could do to acknowledge the sacrifice of those we have lost. By creating a more inclusive society, where all could have...

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Tue Mar 06 11:11:31 EST 2018 Tue Mar 06 11:11:31 EST 2018

"My Belief in People"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

One of the things that stands out about Sargent Shriver as a political leader and a public servant is his genuine belief that any problem, no matter how difficult, can be solved if people work together to find solutions. No matter how much political power he wielded and no matter what challenge...

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Mon Jan 29 15:05:46 EST 2018 Mon Jan 29 15:05:46 EST 2018

What Politics Should Be

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words as the Watergate investigation was intensifying. We believe they describe not just what politics "should" be, but indeed, what they still can be. His words can guide not only our political leaders, but all of us as citizens. If we each take...

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Mon Jan 22 11:17:26 EST 2018 Mon Jan 22 11:17:26 EST 2018

Changing Government

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the idea that a political system can withstand internal conflicts and challenges from many sides, but it cannot withstand the union of people coming together to stand up for fundamental human rights. Speaking these words to an audience of trial attorneys in 1971,...

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Mon Dec 18 11:46:45 EST 2017 Mon Dec 18 11:46:45 EST 2017

A Chance to Serve

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the age of 86 during the Speech at the National Peace Corps Association's 41st Annual Celebration Dinner. His optimism, energy, and enthusiasm are as infectious in this speech as they were early in his career in public service, when he frequently gave speeches...

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Mon Oct 30 12:32:54 EDT 2017 Mon Oct 30 12:32:54 EDT 2017

Regaining "the Leadership of Our Own Revolution"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We've been looking through Sargent Shriver's statements about leadership today. Sarge believed that leadership was strongly connected to service. It's not a coincidence that he often spoke about leadership in relation to the Peace Corps, as he did in this week's speech, the Address Before the...

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Mon Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017

Serve, serve, serve!

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We remember the lives lost on this day in 2001, and we honor all of those who responded to the violence and destruction by serving others in need. The quote we have chosen...

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