NPCA: Honor Sarge with Service
By Jonathan Pearson on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Serve For Sarge
“It is well to be prepared for life as it is, but it is better to be prepared to make life better than it is.”
R. Sargent Shriver
In honoring the life of Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, there is no better action one can take than serving others.
To honor Sarge’s endless commitment to service, the National Peace Corps Association urges all members of the Peace Corps community and other supporters to “Serve for Sarge!” Between now and March 1st (Peace Corps Day), we encourage all to take action individually or collectively in remembrance of this beloved American hero.
While many within our community participate in ongoing service projects, the list below provides some ideas on ways you can serve.
After you have served for Sarge, please follow this link to offer your condolences with members of the Shriver family and share your service contribution. We will compile all comments and send a condolence book to the Shriver family.
– > Also, post a photo of your activity with a description, on our Flickr group Serve for Sarge! We’ll create a visual record of volunteerism in action.
Possibilities for Service:
- NPCA Member Groups: Contact a National Peace Corps Association member group near you to see if they have any service plans in the coming week or ongoing projects
- Feeding America: Follow this link to make connections with community food banks in your state
- Homeless Shelters/Soup Kitchens: Follow this link to make connections with homeless shelters and soup kitchens in your state
- www.Serve.Gov Federal government site where you can search for local service opportunities
- Visit Those Who Can’t Visit You: Find a retirement center/nursing home, military hospital or other institution where individuals are in need of friendship and encouragement
- Community Clean Up: Identify an area in your community that needs a clean up. Organize a group or take on the task yourself
- Help a Neighbor in Need: Consider a neighbor who needs some support or has fallen on difficult times. Consider an act of kindness you can offer to that neighbor to demonstrate your caring and support
- Shriver Family Organizations: The work of the entire Shriver family is synonymous with service to others. While opportunities may not be available in the next week, consider ways you can lend your support to groups such as the Special Olympics and Best Buddies.
- Your Suggestions: If you have other service suggestions to offer, please include them by offering a comment.