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AARP Congratulates the Peace Corps for 50 Years of Service to Communities Abroad
WASHINGTON – AARP CEO A. Barry Rand released the following statement today to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps:
“AARP is proud to congratulate the Peace Corps on its 50th anniversary. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has demonstrated a strong commitment to service abroad, promoting world peace and friendship.
“AARP was founded on similar principles of helping those in need. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP’s founder, lived her life by the motto ‘to serve, not to be served,’ which remains AARP’s motto today. Dr. Andrus, like those who started the Peace Corps, believed in the principles of collective purpose and voice, and that together we can affect change in the world. AARP is also proud of the fact that the Peace Corps welcomes volunteers of all ages; as AARP knows, a commitment to making our world better is not left exclusively to the young. In fact, more older Americans than ever are joining the Peace Corps ranks.
“As the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of service, AARP recognizes the organization for its incredible collective acts to preserve peace through service to so many communities in need around the world. We welcome the Peace Corps into the AARP family and wish it another 50 years of success.”
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