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For immediate release: June 12, 2019
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Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association Hosts the National Peace Corps Connect Conference: Innovation for Good 

The Peace Corps community from around the globe will gather in Austin to discuss ongoing innovation in social impact initiatives 

Austin, Texas - From June 20-22, the local Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association (HoTPCA), in conjunction with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), will host the National Peace Corps Connect (PCC) Conference: Innovation for Good in Austin, Texas. 

This conference is the annual gathering of the global Peace Corps community. More than 350 returned volunteers and staff, family and friends will connect over multiple generations of service to discuss this year’s program focused on innovations that are making the world a better place. 

On Thursday, June 20, attendees will be welcomed to Texas with a reception at the new Austin Central Library. Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen will officially open the conference on Friday morning at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss the current state of the agency and how Peace Corps service has evolved over the years to incorporate new philosophies and technologies. 

On Saturday morning, enterprising Returned Volunteers have a chance to compete for funding for their social impact organizations and businesses at the Innovation for Good Pitch Competition. These inspirational venture pitches build on lessons learned during service and the ongoing desire to create positive change at home and abroad. 

“The Austin Peace Corps community is honored to serve as host for this meeting at the intersection of creativity and impact,” said Sally Waley, President of the Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association, “Innovation and service carry over into life back in the States for the almost 230,000 of us who have served in Peace Corps. This conference is a recognition of that spirit and an opportunity to enable us all to do more.”

Sessions throughout the agenda recognize positive impact in innovations from entrepreneurship and technology, to education and community dialogue. Workshops further engage participants to create continued change in their communities. 

A Peace Corps Film Festival open to the public will be hosted on the UT Austin campus in conjunction with the conference. Screenings and Q&A sessions will feature renowned filmmaker Luis Argueta among others. 

The city of Austin last hosted the PCC conference almost 25 years ago in the summer of 1995. 

For more information on PCC, visit


About the Heart of Returned Peace Corps Association (HoTPCA):
HoTPCA is one of many groups across the country and abroad that work to increase local volunteerism, support the ongoing mission of the Peace Corps, and promote community dialogue on international understanding and celebration of diversity. 

About the National Peace Corps Association:
The NPCA works to uphold Peace Corps ideals and advance Peace Corps-inspired initiatives primarily through advocacy, the facilitation of the Peace Corps network, and by supporting community-based programs. 

About the
President John Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.


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