Dear Fellow RPCV,
On October 14, 1960, President Kennedy issued a challenge to young Americans everywhere to serve their country through volunteer action. In fact, some of you reading this letter were present as students at the University of Michigan when the future President of the United States announced his idea for a bold and innovative experiment he called The Peace Corps. Today, more than 40 years later that bold experiment continues in over 70 nations around the world utilizing the talents and skills of over 4,000 volunteers. Each of those volunteers is developing skills and experiences that will last a lifetime.
Do you remember your days as a Peace Corps Volunteer? Did you know that to date over 165,000 American’s have answered Kennedy’s call to public service?
Yet, 40 years after that landmark speech on the steps of the Student Union at theUniversityofMichigan, the mission of the Peace Corps remains only partially realized. As you remember, the Peace Corps was established
While the Peace Corp is very successful at fulfilling most of Kennedy’s vision, the third goal of the mission—the promotion of a better understanding of other peoples by Americans—continues to lag behind.
We need your help to realize the full potential of the Peace Corps Mission. As a Retuned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you have the background to help us create the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.
As the Peace Corps enters its fifth decade, there is a wealth of stories that should be shared with a wider audience. This proposed permanent museum will:
The Museum of the Peace Corps
Experiencewill not only celebrate the cultures of the world, but the story
of the Peace Corps itself.
Workshops supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council here in Portland have enabled the Committee to explore museum development issues with a museum planner and consultant.
But, to make this happen we need your financial support. Grants alone cannot sustain this important effort. A financial gift from you at this time is critical to keeping the dream alive.
Your gift, be it $1 or $100, when combined with gifts from other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers like yourself, will enable the Committee to
Begin development of the materials needed to promote the vision of a new museum,
Please send your tax-deductible contribution to
Thank you for your support
and your service,