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Our blog is the place we share stories about our work and our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we look forward to sharing our discoveries with you. If you have your own story to share about Sarge or about how he has influenced your life or work, share it with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org.

Wed Jun 21 07:21:44 EDT 2017 Wed Jun 21 07:21:44 EDT 2017

Addressing Poverty through Opportunity--Community Action Agencies

by Jill C. Dagilis

What is your understanding of poverty? By definition it is the state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing; I would add heat, medicine, childcare and healthcare to the list. It is a deficiency or lack of something. This lack is compounded...

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Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017

Ending Violence through Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

A girl is assaulted and beaten to death after leaving her mosque on Father's Day. A group of congresspeople is shot at during a baseball practice. A community despairs after a police officer is found not guilty of killing a man during a traffic stop. These are just a few of the brutal events...

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Mon Jun 12 12:08:16 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 12 12:08:16 EDT 2017

Working Together for the Common Good

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from Sargent Shriver's 2002 Speech at Washington and Lee University, a speech we return to often for its ability to inspire. This particular quote highlights two important notions for Sargent Shriver: that we are all connected, and that we can work together to improve...

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Mon Jun 05 10:58:10 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 05 10:58:10 EDT 2017

Unity of Purpose, and Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from Sargent Shriver's 1968 Winter Convocation Address at Wilberforce University. Like many of Sargent Shriver's speeches, it is reflective of the time in which it was given, and yet transcends the era, providing insights that are relevant for us today in 2017....

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Wed Jan 18 00:00:00 EST 2017 Wed Jan 18 00:00:00 EST 2017

A Master Class in Public Service

by Taylor Stoermer

Getting a job as a senior staff member to a United States Senator can send anyone’s head into the clouds for a bit, regardless of one’s age. When the hallowed halls of Congress are laid open to you, when all that is unseen suddenly becomes seen, it’s not uncommon to feel as if you have been...

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Wed Dec 14 11:48:05 EST 2016 Wed Dec 14 11:48:05 EST 2016

Shriver’s Call to Service Still Echoes for One Peace Corps Volunteer Turned Social Entrepreneur

by Evan Delahanty

Being a Peace Corps volunteer isn’t just a two-year experience. It’s the beginning of a new life journey. That’s what I discovered after returning to the US after my service. My experiences led me to launch my own entrepreneurial initiative, Peaceful Fruits, a social good fruit snack company on a...

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Thu Mar 31 10:55:00 EDT 2016 Thu Mar 31 10:55:00 EDT 2016

Finding the "Peace" in the Peace Corps

by Alana DeJoseph

[Editor’s Note: The mission of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute is to inspire commitment, action, and social innovation, following the example of Sargent Shriver. We are answering Sarge’s call: “Break your mirrors!” We invite others to do the same, and to share their stories about learning...

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Mon Nov 09 05:36:21 EST 2015 Mon Nov 09 05:36:21 EST 2015

On Sarge's 100th Birthday, He Calls On Us to "Break Our Mirrors"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

November 9, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Robert Sargent Shriver. In the months leading up to this date, we reviewed Sarge's many accomplishments: the establishment of the Peace Corps; the creation of the War on Poverty programs (Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Legal...

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