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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.

  1. Eugene, Oregon, Mayor Kitty Piercy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.
  2. Kitty’s husband was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran.
  3. The first baby born to Peace Corps Volunteers lives in Eugene, Oregon.
  4. The youngest person to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer lives in Eugene, Oregon.
  5. Oregon ranks no. 4 in the nation in 2010 for producing Peace Corps Volunteers (per capita).
  6. Five Oregon schools rank in the top 12 nationwide in 2010 for number of undergraduate alumni volunteers.
  7. Roseburg, Oregon, ranks no. 6 in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers (per capita).
  8. Portland, Oregon, ranks no. 10 nationwide in 2010 for total volunteers from a metropolitan area.
  9. There are over 50 current or retired teachers in Eugene area schools who served in Peace Corps.
  10. There are approximately 150 members of the West Cascade Peace Corps Association, founded in Eugene in 1980.

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