Robert S. Lehman Memorial Fund
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robbie Lehman served as a community heath volunteer in Tanzania. He prepared for his service by working with those living with HIV/AIDS in his community and learning Swahili on his own.
Robbie lived a life of service. He traveled with his church youth group to underserved communities around the United States, helping at local food pantries, day care centers and thrift shops. In his home state of Minnesota, Robbie taught elementary school students about environmental protection, volunteered with patients in the emergency room, and was part of a mentorship program for local youth.
Prior to his Peace Corps service, Robbie wrote that the “golden rule: treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself” was the “simplest yet most powerful advice I’ve ever received,” saying “it leads to a selfless life.” He wrote that “at an early age I understood the importance of giving from my parents” and that “the act of helping others is contagious.”
Robbie also wrote that he aspired to be a “global citizen,” saying that it “broadens your neighborhood as well as the amount of neighbors you have.” He wrote that many people “don’t receive the attention needed because their struggle isn’t close to home. By broadening your horizons you’re able to reach out and touch more people’s lives.”
All donations to the Robert S. Lehman Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) projects in Tanzania.