Press Release: Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?
Washington, DC — December 27th, 2011 — National Peace Corps Association’s New Year’s resolution: finding lost Volunteers
The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, is seeking to track down thousands of lost Peace Corps Volunteers in 2012.
“This New Year’s Eve, many of us will again hear the song ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ asking if old acquaintances should be forgotten,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association. “For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, we think the answer is a resolute ‘no.’ Next year, we’re making a resolution to find as many as 10,000 of our old Peace Corps friends and add them to our list.”
Because key government records were lost during the Nixon era, no one has a complete list of the 200,000 Americans who volunteered for the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961. NPCA, a private nonprofit organization, has independently found roughly 100,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers over the years, but many remain lost.
To make the process easier, NPCA has set up a page on its website, www.peacecorpsconnect.org/findthe250k, which allows former Volunteers to submit their information. The page also has tools to spread the word via email, Facebook, or even Twitter.
NPCA added more than 3,900 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to its listings in 2011. Its goal is to identify an additional 10,000 RPCVs in 2012 and complete the database in full by 2016. “With all the holiday cards arriving in your mailbox, the end of the year is a great time to update your address book,” added Quigley. “NPCA is just trying to do the same thing with former Peace Corps Volunteers. If you know one, help us find them.”
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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