Host a Party to Celebrate Peace Corps’ “Birthday”
By Erica Burman on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
What are we talking about? House Parties to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, of course!
The National Peace Corps Association is planning for there to be 500 House Parties around the world on (or close to) March 1, 2011 and we want you to participate. (Five hundred is a nice round number, no?) We hope that these celebrations around the world on this historic day will serve to highlight the accomplishments of a vibrant Peace Corps community and demonstrate en masse the community’s continued service at home and abroad.
Each House Party will be different. Some will be catered affairs with more than 50 attendees. Some will be a few friends coming together in an apartment for a potluck dinner. Still others will be more public events, for example businesses, schools and various organizations with a connection to the Peace Corps or with a critical mass of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Remember, anyone can share in the Peace Corps’ legacy, so these gatherings can include parents of currently serving volunteers, host country nationals… anyone who supports the Peace Corps. The concept is flexible–much like the Peace Corps.
So, will you plan a House Party in your town/state/country?
The special House Parties program that NPCA is planning will focus on the issue of Food Security and how food and meals impact our lives as Peace Corps Volunteers and host country nationals. What better way to have a party than to focus on what Peace Corps Volunteers love to do – eat? However, food insecurity is a critical issue around the world and as a community we are serious about working to abolish it. As we gather together on March 1, you’ll learn ways that we all can have an impact.
The National Peace Corps Association has created a handy toolkit for you to plan your party from start to finish: http://bit.ly/MarchPartyToolkit
Large or small, a few friends or an entire community, we look forward to hearing about the plans forming for your gathering on March 1, 2011.