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Maria Shriver launches program honoring her dad

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 9:28 am •  Published: July 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Shriver is launching a new U.S. volunteer initiative called the Shriver Corps, named in part to honor the legacy of her late father, Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps.

The Shriver Corps will train volunteers to help poor Americans connect with programs they're entitled to but that they may not be aware of — everything from tax credits and food stamps to employment, health and child care assistance.

"Many programs exist that are intended for people who have no idea that they exist," Maria Shriver said in a phone interview preceding the official launch Thursday of the Shriver Corps. "This is a chance for young people to be of service and help others who can't navigate the system by giving them a helping hand. ... A lot of people in this country are struggling."

Sargent Shriver founded the Peace Corps while working in the administration of President John F. Kennedy and also established domestic anti-poverty programs like Head Start and the VISTA volunteer program.

Maria Shriver said she hopes the Shriver Corps inspires young Americans "to learn about Daddy and what his beliefs were and his vision."

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