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Peace Corps Joins Habitat for Humanity In Global Building

Habitat For Humanity International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2002-Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and the Peace Corps signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today that sets the framework for collaborations that will greatly expand the placement of Peace Corps volunteers working directly with Habitat for Humanity around the world. Gaddi H. Vasquez, director of Peace Corps, and Thomas L. Jones, HFHI vice president, signed the MOU at a Habitat for Humanity build site in a northeast Washington, D.C., neighborhood after a morning of house building by Peace Corps and Habitat volunteers.

“This partnership will fill a great and immediate need for Habitat for Humanity in each region of the world,” said Jones. “We look forward to working closely with the Peace Corps in the coming months to make this Memorandum of Understanding have a significant impact in the field.”

For more than 20 years, Habitat for Humanity has sent volunteers to work internationally to support the organization’s house-building efforts, now in more than 80 countries. The opportunity to include Peace Corps volunteers in Habitat for Humanity’s international work will greatly increase the nonprofit housing ministry’s ability to provide knowledgeable and skilled personnel to help build homes around the globe. Both Habitat for Humanity and the Peace Corps have active programs in more than 40 of the same countries around the globe.

“The Peace Corps welcomes the opportunity to create a unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said Vasquez. “By signing this historic agreement both organizations will be able to expand our outreach efforts by working in tandem to build housing throughout the developing world.”

During the signing ceremony, Beth Wells was introduced as a new Peace Corps volunteer who will be placed with Habitat for Humanity’s affiliate in Samoa, affirming the new partnership.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.