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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  116

House concurrent resolution recognizing the participation of University of Vermont and Middlebury College graduates in the Peace Corps

Offered by:  Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Green of Berlin and Howrigan of Fairfield

Whereas, the Peace Corps was established in 1961 after President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to serve the cause of peace by working in developing countries, and

Whereas, in the 44 years since its establishment, more than 178,000 Americans, age 18 and over, have made the 27‑month Peace Corps commitment and served in 137 countries, and currently, 7,500 individuals are offering supportive assistance in over 70 nations, and

Whereas, the primary goals of the Peace Corps are to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promote a better understanding of Americans in the host country, and promote a better understanding of other people and countries on the part of Americans, and

Whereas, in recent years, Peace Corps volunteers have assisted schools in developing computer skills and have educated communities on the threat of HIV‑AIDS, and

Whereas, a significant number of University of Vermont (UVM) students and graduates have volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, the UVM Peace Corps Recruiting Office provides information to interested individuals and organizations, both on and off campus, and works in cooperation with the Boston regional Peace Corps office and the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association, and

Whereas, in 2005, the UVM Peace Corps office ranks 24th among the nation’s medium‑sized colleges, those with student bodies numbering from 5,001 to 15,000, in the number of Peace Corps volunteers recruited, where historically, the UVM office ranked 47th among all college‑based Peace Corps offices, and

Whereas, Middlebury College ranked fifth this year among small colleges in the number of its alumni in the Peace Corps with 25 of the school’s graduates currently serving in the program, and

Whereas, there are currently 42 Peace Corps volunteers from Vermont, and 1,266 Vermonters have served in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961, and

Whereas, Vermonters’ active participation in the Peace Corps reflects a strong commitment in this state to public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding public service contribution of the University of Vermont and Middlebury College students and other Vermonters who have joined the Peace Corps to serve our nation and help promote good will around the world, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the University of Vermont Peace Corps office in Burlington and to the Middlebury College Career Services office.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont