Friday, January 21, 2011

Remembering Sargent Shriver and celebrating his volunteering spirit

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We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the great life and work of R. Sargent Shriver, the founder of the Peace Corps who passed away earlier this week. Mr. Shriver was married to Eunice Shriver, a long-time and early supporter of our Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, who passed away last year.

Through his work with the Peace Corps, Mr. Shriver built a legacy in the 1960’s--which remains a focal point for our response to poverty--while creating both cultural understanding and cross-cultural dialogue, as well as a fostering the spirit of volunteerism that today tremendously benefits Catholic Charities and other nonprofits.

Later, in the Johnson Administration, Mr. Shriver helped expand the government partnership to create more opportunity for low-income families, including the Head Start program to ensure young children are prepared to start school, and Volunteers in Service to America, which remains a vibrant national version of the internationally serving Peace Corps.

We at Catholic Charities applaud a life lived in service and with a vision of a more equal and fair tomorrow for all families. We know that while much remains to be done, much has been accomplished thanks to the efforts of Mr. Shriver.