Peace Corps to close Minneapolis office

  • Article by: EMILY KAISER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2008 - 11:43 PM

The agency said budget issues and a new recruiting method are behind the move. U.S. Rep Betty McCollum and others in Congress are asking officials to reconsider.

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johnny99Jul. 23, 0811:24 PM

I'm a former Peace Corps volunteer (Philippines) and I know the Midwest, particularly Minnesota, has always been one of the strongest states. Seems counterproductive to close an office that brings so many volunteers. So many prospective volunteers have questions that need to be answered in person; a website alone won't do it.

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MoojaJul. 23, 0811:40 PM

I don't believe this move would prevent a dedicated person from volunteering. If someone is determined enough to travel halfway around the world to help others in the name of peace a trip to a Chicago recruiting office won't stop them.

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larrymeaseJul. 24, 08 1:28 AM

but then I decided not to. I enjoyed visiting everyone at the minneapolis office though during my decision process.

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Marina29Jul. 24, 0811:16 AM

Minnesota was supposedly the 'birthplace' of the Peace Corps idea coming from the political caucus process. Peace Corps Director Tschetter is from Minnesota, so another sentimental reason to keep an office here, along with the practical ones of many volunteers coming from this region of the country. Chicago is too far to travel, and too expensive, and too urban for some of us country kids.

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tuvaluanJul. 24, 08 4:23 PM

I am so disappointed with this news. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer I always enjoyed the contact with the recruiters in the Minneapolis office and feel that this will become very distanced and no longer personal. I am afraid that PCV's in the future will be from certain regions in the US and not from a broader cross section of the country. This detracts from the spreading out the third goal of the Peace Corps. When we applied for Peace Corps in the late 70's the office we worked with was in Denver and we lived in western Montana. This was a long distance, impersonal relationship with the recruiter and now those states will have to work with someone in Texas. Why do we have budget cuts to the Peace Corps? Didn't President Bush say he was going to double the size of the Peace Corps...have the moneys gone instead to undoing peace and starting and perpetuating wars? I am so sad.

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cochranjasonJul. 24, 08 5:57 PM

sad indeed, budget is killing everyone but this should not mean cuts that deminish growth. The best PCVs come from Midwest, I hope this doesnt hurt that. BTW, money cuts is due to devaluation in dollar.

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roostermp187Jul. 25, 08 8:11 PM

The current leaders of Peace Corps are fools. Their idiotic new model will crumble as fast as their careers when a new President takes power. Even Wendy's wont hire them. Paul Childs

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