The Push for Peace Corps Campaign is working to expand and reinvigorate the Peace Corps in order to better serve Americans and the global community.
Push for Peace Corps is a grassroots campaign powered by the energy and individual actions of tens of thousands of former volunteers, their families, friends, and many more Americans who believe in the mission of the Peace Corps. By securing important new funding in 2010, 11, 12 and beyond, we aim to add thousands of additional volunteers to the Corps, open work in new countries, empower volunteers with state-of-the-art programs and capabilities, and streamline the Peace Corps’ administrative process. Join us!
Our Goals are:
- Increase the size of the Peace Corps from under 8,000 to at least 16,000 volunteers with improved programs and better placements. In 2009, more than 15,000 Americans applied for fewer than 3,700 open positions, a 34% increase over 2007.
- Develop an activist base of tens of thousands of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) that can educate and excite Americans about the value of the Peace Corps and the reasons to expand and improve it.
- Support House and Senate legislation introduced by Congressman Sam Farr and Senator Chris Dodd. Boost the budget in FY 2010, 2011 and 2012 to $450, $600, and $750 million.
- Introduce or reintroduce quality Peace Corps programs in countries such as Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan,Uzbekistan, and Venezuela