The Northwest scored well on lists
released today by the Peace Corps
that detail the top states and cities for volunteers in 2009.
Corvallis was #2 per capita in top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas.
Oregon was in the top 5 per capita. And Washington state was among the top five volunteer producing states overall.
The Peace Corps notes that its overall number of applicants has increased 18 percent since last year to more than 15,000 potential volunteers nationwide. But Melanie Forthun, a spokeswoman for the Peace Corps NW Regional Office, says there is no specific data that would link the economic downturn to the increased appeal of volunteering abroad.
As for the high numbers from Oregon and Washington, Forthun says, “I think the culture of people in the Northwest lends itself to a good tie to the Peace Corps. People up there tend to be very aware and active, and definitely have a spirit of community service.”
The full lists can be found on the Peace Corps web site
(Image from the Peace Corps web site)