Seaching for local Peace Corps volunteers

Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee is looking for Peace Corps veterans for “Celebrating the Peace Corps’ 45th Anniversary” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St.

The Peace Corps veterans will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Loren Floto.

Floto served in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Chile. So far, three others have come forward: Jim Peterson, director of Northwest Community Center; Duane Wilke, member of the local Unitarian Church; and one other person. Peterson served in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines; and Wilke served in Korea. The volunteers will also discuss the impact of the Peace Corps on world peace.

President John F. Kennedy started the Peace Corps in March 1961 with Sargent Shriver as its first director. The total number of volunteers to this date is 182,000, serving in 138 countries, with 7,810 volunteers in the field, 58 percent female and 42 percent male. Their average age is 28; 96 percent have at least a college degree. They serve in 77 different countries. The usual period of training is three to four months, including language training. After that, they spend two years of service in the countries that invite the Corps to come.

Coffee Talks are free and open to the public, presented every Monday, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St. Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee sponsors the Coffee Talks.

For more information, please call Loren Floto (815- 624-7622) or Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries, at 815) 964-7111.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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