Heritage House Museum Hosts Peace Corps Event

As part of a campaign to increase the number of volunteers, the National Peace Corps Association invites the public to meet returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), view a film and learn more about the Corps at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Family Heritage House Museum at Manatee Community College (MCC), 5840 26th St. West, Bradenton.

Rajeev Goyal, who served in Nepal in 2001-2003, is the national coordinator of the MorePeaceCorps Campaign. He and local RPCVs will be available to share their stories and answer questions. More than 100 RPCVs live in the Manatee/Sarasota County area. Anita Rogers, Family Heritage House Museum specialist, is one of them. She served in the '60s in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The presentation is part of a campaign to build support for doubling the number of volunteers serving in countries around the world by 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps' founding. Since 1961, more than 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries, advancing education, water access, health, agriculture, environmental conservation, business, community development and information technology for millions. The number of volunteers, 4,000, is half the total sent four decades ago, and demand for volunteers exceeds supply. More than 20 additional countries have requested Peace Corps volunteers and some countries that currently have programs want more.

The Family Heritage House Museum is located on the south side of the MCC library near the 60th Avenue West entrance. For directions, visit the MCC Web site at

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