August Advocacy Update
By Zulay Carrillo on Monday, July 16th, 2012
Each day, more and more Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) across the Nation are joining the National Peace Corps Association in our August District Meeting Days! These meetings have not only proven to be essential to the Peace Corps, but they also demonstrate the continuing dedication that returned volunteers have.
As we continue to recruit more RPCVs, we are pleased with the amount of support we have received throughout the past few weeks. We hope to find more individuals who are willing to request and host constituent meetings with their representatives to remind them of Peace Corps legislation that will need to be decided on by the end of this year.
Here’s an update on legislations (with quick links) that are currently being considered in Congress and the three main issues volunteers will be discussing with their representatives.
1. Peace Corps Funding
We would like to continue promoting the Senate Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013, which will return Peace Corps Funding to the amount it was in 2010. Follow this link to learn more.
2. Peace Corps Commemorative Legislation
The Peace Corps Commemorative legislation has made significant progress within Congress. However, we want to make sure the legislation is passed before this November. Here’s why:
- The commemorative is a way to mark the historic and persistent significance of the Peace Corps and the ideals it represents.
- If the commemorative legislation is not passed, the process will have to start all over again! >>Read More
3. Non-Competitive Eligibility
Upon their return from service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive a one-year non-competitive eligibility for those seeking federal jobs. Legislative revision will extend the eligibility to three years instead of one. >>Read More
Remember, August is just around the corner!
With over 38 meetings being arranged by 26 advocates in 13 states, and over 25 letters delivered throughout Capitol Hill, we still need your help to reach our goal of 100 constituent meetings across the nation! Even if you’re not a returned Peace Corps volunteer you are still more than welcome to assist in our advocacy efforts! We can help you with the resources you need for a smooth meeting with your representative or his/her staff. Contact Zulay Carrillo, Advocacy Intern, for more information.