Peace Corps

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.

Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017

Building Strength through Diplomacy and Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver served as the first Director of the Peace Corps from March 1961 until February 1966. He also led the War on Poverty from January 1964 until March 1968, creating the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and establishing a variety of poverty programs, many of which continue to...

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Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017

The Power of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words at age 41 in his then-home of Chicago, Illinois. His observation about the importance of cooperation, specifically in American life, may sound counterintuitive in a culture that places so much value on the supremacy of the individual and on the importance of...

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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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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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