San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will discuss volunteer opportunities for people of all ages on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the San Mateo City Council Chambers. They will be joined by Matthew Joseph, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who recently completed his two-year assignment in Moldova.
“Whether you are a baby boomer like Matt Joseph or a recent college graduate, there are ample opportunities to do good and meaningful work in the world,” Rep. Speier said. “At this event we want to encourage people to embrace the spirit of national service, a spirit that was so famously expressed by the man who established the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy, when he said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.’ ”
Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet added, “Peace Corps service is a great way for older Americans to put their talent and life experience to work by making a difference in the farthest corners of the globe. Our host communities are inspired by the wisdom and energy of our older Volunteers. There are so many opportunities for impact for those who bring a willing heart, an open mind, and a lifetime of skills.”
Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, more than 220,000 women and men have served as goodwill ambassadors in over 60 countries. That includes local residents and Peace Corps volunteer Matthew Joseph.
“The Peace Corps is not exclusively for young people; it offers great opportunities for older people like me,” Joseph said. “My two years in Moldova gave me a great sense of purpose. It was also liberating. Before leaving for Moldova I accomplished a state of keylessness -- I'd sold my house and car, and owned no keys to things back home during my service, which was refreshing in this day and age.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will include a question and answer session followed by a reception that will allow those in attendance an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Peace Corps volunteers and staff.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director Matthew Joseph, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer