Lawrence Bailey served in AmeriCorps VISTA in 1996

Alumni story
Lawrence Bailey 1996

I served in both the Peace Corps in Paraiba, Brazil in 1970-1972 and as an Agricultural Extensionist with AmeriCorps VISTA in 1996 with the InterFaith Partnership for The Homeless. I met my wife while I served in Peace Corps, she was from the small town I was stationed in. Together, we have made numerous trips back to Brazil. I was assigned to A.N.C.A.R., a host country agriculture extension agency. I also worked with the Westinghouse, Rockefeller and Oxfarm Foundations; U.N.C.I.F.; Alliance for Progress and Campaign for Human Development. We introduced draught resistant corn, rice and bean crops; attempted to increase cash corps quantities (cotton); developed tubular wells for draught relief; introduced new corps such as peanuts, soy beans and sorghum; instructed farmers on methods of improvement for crop yield, including pest control. Also met regularly with farmer co-ops and farmer syndicates; served a 4-H (4-S) leader for three Clubs; served as a Resource Provider for eight months for a homeless shelter in Albany NY; researched and assisted in development and writing of grant proposals; coordinated publicity and advertising for the organization; and completed administrative and supervisory duties as required. Since that time, I have maintained a commitment to volunteerism and work in Nursing Homes providing Hospice care.  


Decade: 1990s