Harris Wofford speaking at the closing session of the National Peace Corps Association’s 50th Anniversary Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, September 22, 2011.
Assisting with the creation of the Peace Corps is one of many accomplishments of former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford. For his seven decades of tireless public and community service, Wofford is one of 18 individuals receiving the 2012 Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian honor. Wofford was one of more than 6,000 individuals nominated by the public for the award. He will receive the honor on Friday, February 15th, at a White House ceremony scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM Eastern Time. You can follow this link to watch the live White House feed of the Friday ceremony. Senator Wofford served as special representative to Africa and Director of Operations in Ethiopia during the formative years of the Peace Corps. Upon returning to Washington, he was appointed Associate Director of the Peace Corps. Service has remained central in Senator Wofford’s life. In 2001 he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. A longtime member of the National Peace Corps Association Advisory Council, Wofford has been a mentor and friend to the Peace Corps community, always willing to assist when called upon. Senator Wofford is also a founding champion and inspiration for the members of the Building Bridges Coalition, a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteering.
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