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AmeriCorps/Peace Corps Panel Discussion at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

            Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Office of Community Service will present an AmeriCorps/Peace Corps panel discussion from 3 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 in Webb Hall 110. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Panel participants include recruiters from AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and students who have served in the organizations. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about the programs and learn what it takes to become an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps volunteer.

            AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, which helps many local service programs utilize thousands of volunteers; AmeriCorps VISTA, which allows full-time members to work for community organizations to create and increase the size of volunteer programs; and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, which gives members, ages 18 to 24, the opportunity for a full-time residential program that develops leadership through direct, team-based community service.

            The Peace Corps has served in 139 countries to address issues ranging from environmental preservation to AIDS relief. Its mission is to allow Americans and those from other countries to better understand each other while providing interested countries with trained individuals to fit their needs.

            "This is a great event for students who want to make a difference," says Monica Rochon '09, an AmeriCorps VISTA and coordinator in Eastern's Office of Community Service. "Both organizations provide another option for students if they do not want to attend graduate school yet or join corporate America."

            For more information, contact Beth Zambrano or Monica Rochon at (860) 465-5158 or


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