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Peace Corps volunteers will speak in Sacramento

By From page A5 | January 22, 2013

Peace Corps workers Judy Anderson and Dorothy Woodridge will address the Sacramento branch of the American Association of University Women and the Women of the World (WOW) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. The groups will meet at the Belle Cooledge Library Community Room, 5600 S. Land Park Drive in Sacramento.

The Peace Corps is an American volunteer program run by the U.S. government. Its mission is to provide technical assistance, help people outside the United States understand American culture and help Americans understand the cultures of other countries. The program was established by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961.

Anderson says she always knew she would apply for the Peace Corps after a rewarding career in special education: “When I was in college I met a few people who were in the Peace Corps and as an adventurer to the core, I knew I would do this someday.”

At age 62, she was assigned to the village of Phasha, South Africa, training members of the Girls Clubs in leadership skills and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Woodridge was in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, for 27 months in 2009-11. Her task in small enterprise development was to help the small village where she was posted develop a deteriorating campus in the middle of a cocoa plantation into a productive tourist site.

She also helped raise funds for a bore hole that provides safe water for a girls’ camp and for the village.

Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Caroline West at [email protected] or 916-570-3649.

Enterprise staff

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