The Peace Corps was started in 1960 by John F. Kennedy when he challenged the students at the University of Michigan “to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries”. Each year, many college students give up a year or two to work abroad and help others build bridges, homes, lives and futures.
The goals of the Peace Corps is to
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Today Peace Corps have 8,655 members and serving in more than 77 countries.
Goodwill inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified.
Goodwill helps people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.
Goodwill’s network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwill in the United States and Canada offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.
In 2009, Goodwill helped 1.9 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful, such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.