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Virginia Ranks 10th For Peace Corps Volunteering

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Peace Corps says Virginia ranks 10th among states in the number of people who volunteer to serve.

The program currently has 267 Virginia residents. California led the nation with 973 residents currently in the program. Virginia ranked 9th last year.

Top States – Total Volunteers

1. California – 973
2. New York – 420
3. Texas – 342
4. Washington – 328
5. Florida – 309
6. Illinois – 300
7. Ohio – 290
8. Pennsylvania – 284
9. Michigan – 271
10. Virginia – 267

The Washington region ranks second among all metropolitan areas for total number of volunteers with 304. New York is ahead of the capital by 26 volunteers.

Volunteer projects relate to agriculture, economic development, education, environment, health and youth development.

The Peace Corps was established 52 years ago by President John F. Kennedy to promote service and understanding around the world.

Since the Corps’ founding, more than 7,240 Peace Corps volunteers from Virginia have served in 139 countries.

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