Peace Corps 50 in Eugene: Why Oregon?
Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps are happening all across the country. Why celebrate in Eugene? Eugene, and all of Oregon, have a special relationship with Peace Corps.
- Eugene, Oregon, Mayor Kitty Piercy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.
- Kitty’s husband was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran.
- The first baby born to Peace Corps Volunteers lives in Eugene, Oregon.
- The youngest person to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer lives in Eugene, Oregon.
- Oregon ranks no. 4 in the nation in 2010 for producing Peace Corps Volunteers (per capita).
- Five Oregon schools rank in the top 12 nationwide in 2010 for number of undergraduate alumni volunteers.
- Roseburg, Oregon, ranks no. 6 in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers (per capita).
- Portland, Oregon, ranks no. 10 nationwide in 2010 for total volunteers from a metropolitan area.
- There are over 50 current or retired teachers in Eugene area schools who served in Peace Corps.
- There are approximately 150 members of the West Cascade Peace Corps Association, founded in Eugene in 1980.
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