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!

Apr 22

A Life of Overwhelming Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With millions of our Christian and Jewish sisters and brothers celebrating Easter and Passover this past weekend, our Quote of the Week is a message of love that reflects the spirit of joy and renewal of the season. The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that have taken hundreds of lives and affected...

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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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Feb 18

For Presidents Day, Some Thoughts about Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Presidents Day, we take our Quote of the Week from a piece of advice Sargent Shriver gave a group of aspiring young leaders in 1957. He was speaking on the topic of citizenship at the time. Presidents Day has us thinking quite a bit about leadership. We certainly think of Sargent...

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Feb 11

A Call to Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a compelling call to service. Speaking at Bowling Green State University on September 15, 1964, Sargent Shriver made an appeal to all the state universities of the nation. He asked that they nurture their students so as to create “Great Citizens.” it is only by having...

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Jan 07

A Spirit of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We begin 2019 with a Quote of the Week that sets an intention for the year ahead: to work with others in a spirit of cooperation, and with a commitment to our fundamental principles of achieving dignity, justice, and equality for all. From our personal dealings with others to the work that lays...

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Dec 03

Be Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the role of Community Action in tackling poverty.  Initially a concept that emphasized local service to empower individuals and families dealing with economic hardship, Community Action was central both for the War on Poverty and for Sargent Shriver, who...

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Nov 05

The Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is notion that Sargent Shriver embraced with enthusiasm and energy for the people he served throughout his life.In his speech to the New York University Class of 1964, Sargent...

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Oct 15

"The Responsibility of the Press"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of journalists. It suggests that, at their best, journalists provide a public service -- to communicate stories that affect the well being of society.Speaking on the state of education in 1957, Sargent Shriver made the point that comprehensive...

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