Connect the dots: The Peace Corps wants to fill the holes in their volunteer database

Last year The Peace Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary of sending Americans to volunteer around the world. Throughout 2011, volunteers and former employees of The Peace Corps came together to commemorate the occasion. During the process of attempting to contact 50 years of Peace Corps alumni, one thing became very clear for Erica Burman and her staff at the communications office of the National Peace Corps Association: There is not a complete record of the 250,000 people who have served or worked for The Peace Corps.

Beginning this month, Burman, the National Peace Corps Association’s director of communications, is promoting the “find the 250K” project. By 2016, the group wants to fill all the holes in their alumni database.

“This will provide a way for former volunteers and employees to stay connected,” said Burman. “And it will be a professional development network after volunteers return home.”

Volunteers or employees from any year can go to www.peacecorpsconnect.org/findthe250k and fill out a brief form to enter their information.

“If a volunteer is not sure that the Peace Corps has their contact information, they can still fill out the form and their information will be cross checked with our records,” said Burman.

More than 7,000 volunteers were added to the database last year during celebrations, but there is still a lot of work to be done, Burman said.

“The Peace Corps is a diffuse community of individuals,” said Burman. “We want to facilitate contacts between volunteers across eras.”

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