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Ohio Among Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers

Ohio ranked No. 10 among all states in producing Peace Corps volunteers this year with a total of 291 volunteers.

Peace Corps officials say Ohio produces 2.5 volunteers for 100,000 state residents, and 3.6 percent of all volunteers come from Ohio.

Officials with the organization's Midwest regional office in Chicago say Ohio historically has produced a total of almost 7,000 volunteers who have served in 139 countries.  More than 210,000 American have served in the organization since President John F. Kennedy established it in 1961.

A little more than 8,000 volunteers now work with local communities in 76 countries in fields including agriculture, community economic development, education, environment and health.

The agency says it promotes world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries.