Press Release: NPCA Partners with Oxfam on Global House Parties
Washington, DC — February 10th, 2011 — Celebrations of Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary to highlight food security issues
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and international humanitarian organization Oxfam America announced today a partnership to highlight food security issues during the anniversary celebration of the Peace Corps on March 1, 2011 in conjunction with NPCA’s Global House Party initiative. Already more than 600 participants have signed up from 50 states and 70 countries to host a house party on the anniversary day to honor the Peace Corps and discuss critical issues surrounding global hunger worldwide.
“Part of our mission with the Global House Parties is to discuss the problems of food insecurity and how we can solve them,” said Molly Mattessich, manager of online initiatives for the National Peace Corps Association, who is organizing the house party celebrations. “We’ve partnered with Oxfam to spotlight how women and girls are often hit hardest by hunger, and how they are also at the heart of the innovative solutions needed to fight back.”
Hosted by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others in the Peace Corps community, the house parties will be a chance for supporters of the Peace Corps to gather to celebrate the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the executive order creating the program. In keeping with the Peace Corps’ mission, the gatherings will also highlight important international development issues including the availability and access to food.
“Oxfam America is thrilled to be collaborating with the National Peace Corps Association to shed some light on global hunger,” said Elizabeth Carty, strategic alliances manager with Oxfam America. “Those serving in the Peace Corps have witnessed firsthand how poor communities, especially women, are fighting back against food insecurity and the impacts of climate change. As they celebrate 50 years of service, Peace Corps members are powerful spokespeople for showing all American citizens how they can be part of creating a better world for everyone.”
The gatherings will vary from a handful of friends to dozens of invited guests, from potluck dinners to catered affairs. Some will include former Volunteers and their friends and family, while others will feature local, state or national politicians and other VIPs as speakers. NPCA is compiling a master calendar of events online, including the house parties.
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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