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    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Saturday at the Rotary District 5450 Conference in Keystone, Colorado, to expand the organizations’ partnership to Peace Corps posts worldwide. The global MOU comes a year after the two organizations agreed to explore initial collaboration in the Philippines, Thailand and Togo. “The Peace Corps is thrilled to build on our work with Rotary, which has already yielded tremendous success in our first year of formal collaboration,” Hessler-Radelet said. “This MOU reaffirms our joint dedication to inspiring volunteerism across the country and around the world.” Under the agreement, Rotary and Peace Corps can explore opportunities to collaboratively boost the impact of development programs across the globe. Rotary clubs will be able to support community-initiated Peace Corps volunteer projects through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. The MOU also encourages Peace Corps volunteers and Rotary clubs to expand connections already in place. Since the organizations’ initial collaboration last year, the Peace Corps and Rotary have garnered thousands of dollars to support volunteer projects across the three pilot countries, including a clean water initiative in Togo, a book distribution project in Thailand and the construction of latrines and a learning center for students with disabilities in the Philippines. Peace Corps and Rotary programs overlap in more than 60 countries, and many returned Peace Corps volunteers join Rotary clubs. Both organizations have rich histories of promoting peace and friendship between cultures and undertaking sustainable development activities to help communities in need throughout the world.