Missions accomplished: Oregon lands high Peace Corps rating

December 12th, 2013 by bobebill

A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon
A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon.

While Oregon residents are joining the Peace Corps with great fervor, they’re doing so at a slower clip than they did last year.

So says the Peace Corps itself, which, in a report that ranked which states contribute the most volunteers, placed Oregon in the fourth spot nationally.

Oregon sends 5.2 volunteers per 100,000 residents into the Peace Corps. The figure is down from the 6.1 volunteers per capita rate that Oregon logged in 2012. The state ranked third in the Peace Corps analysis last year.

Oregon ranks only behind Vermont, the District of Columbia and New Hampshire in terms of per capita volunteers.

“Oregon has a wealth of globally oriented universities and sustainably minded communities from which we find volunteers willing to make a difference in communities overseas,” said Janet Allen, manager of the Peace Corps West Coast Region, in a release.

California, New York and Texas send the most volunteers overall into the Peace Corps.

In 2013, 203 Oregonians joined the Peace Corps. That figure ranks 14th overall, tying Oregon with Massachusetts.

Andy Giegerich is editor for Sustainable Business Oregon.


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