Bowdoin College to host Peace Corps celebration

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BRUNSWICK — The Peace Corps turns 50 this year, and the organization is celebrating its Maine volunteers on Saturday, May 14, at Smith Union at Bowdoin College.

Maine is in the top 10 per-capita of Peace Corps volunteer-producing states, and the Augusta-Waterville area is ranked eighth nationally for averaging 9.08 volunteers per 100,000 residents, according to the Peace Corps.

There are 74 Maine residents serving in the Corps, and 1,740 have served since the program started in 1961.

Presentations by Erin Mone-Marquez (Costa Rica, 1994-1997), the Peace Corps New England Region office manager; Amanda Similien (Haiti, 1999-2001), of the Maine Peace Corps Association, and Khalisa Jacobs, Peace Corps New England Region director of development, start the event at 1 p.m. It continues until 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.