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Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley to Join U.S. Representative Charlie Dent at Moravian College

CONTACT: Elizabeth Chamberlain, Acting Press Director – 774.330.9200

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Sept. 29, Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley will join U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15)at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to speak with students, faculty and residents about the value of making a difference through Peace Corps service. Pennsylvania regularly appears on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Stateslist and the acting director and the congressman will celebrate the Keystone State’s drive for service.

Moravian College alumni Krystal Dering is currently serving as a 27-month Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia and will attend the event via Skype. Nate Ferraro served as a volunteer in Armenia with Peace Corps Response, which sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Dering and Ferraro will speak at the event to share their experiences living and working overseas.  

WHAT: Peace Corps event at Moravian College

WHO: Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent(PA-15)

WHEN:  11:00 a.m. ET, Friday, September 29, 2017

WHERE: Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Building, Room 101, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

RSVP: Media interested in attending this event or scheduling an interview with Acting Director Sheila Crowley prior to the event can RSVP to echamberlain@peacecorps.gov

There are currently three Moravian College alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Panama, The Gambia and the Eastern Caribbean. Since the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, 56 alumni from Moravian College have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. In 2015, Moravian College partnered with the Peace Corps to launch its Peace Corps Prep Program, which offers students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and leadership training that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork of successful Peace Corps volunteers.

In addition, Pennsylvania is ranked as the No. 7 Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the nation, with 300 currently-serving Peace Corps volunteers calling the Keystone State home.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth in development. Through their Peace Corps experience, Volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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