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"Be about peace," December 1976

The Peace Corps develops programs in partnership with other countries. Since the 1960s nearly 200,000 Americans have volunteered on Peace Corps projects related to agriculture, health, education, economic development, the environment and information technology in 139 countries around the world. Many members of Congress have been volunteers or officials with the Peace Corps.

Records of the Peace Corps, National Archives and Records Administration

"Be about peace," December 1976

Working for Peace

The concept of volunteers serving abroad on grass-roots foreign aid projects originated in Congress in the late 1950s. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order and Congress recognized it legislatively later that year. The organization promotes peace by providing countries with trained workers to help address problems such as poverty and disease, and by creating closer ties between American volunteers and the people of the communities they serve.