Returned Peace Corps Volunteers With One Cause
By Zulay Carrillo on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
At the National Peace Corps Association, we never stop advocating! During his vacation, Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson, took the time to stop by several states across the East Coast to meet with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and inform them of our advocacy efforts. In Boston, seven people attended the Peace Corps Advocacy training. Four stopped by St. Johnsbury, Vermont for an informal coffee and conversation event. Thirteen attended the gathering in Brunswick, Maine.
Meanwhile, RPCVs all across the country planned, scheduled, and attended meetings with their Congressmen/women. Among these meetings was a Fort Worth, Texas gathering of eight RPCVs who met with Congresswoman Kay Granger’s staff. Congresswoman Granger is the chair of the House Appropriations State/Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which plays a crucial role in Peace Corps funding issues.
Although we came a bit short of our ambitious goal, it’s not too late to begin planning a district meeting! There are several other RPCVs who are actively scheduling meetings. To learn how to schedule a meeting with your Representative or to find out if there’s one scheduled already, follow this link. It’s so easy, even the interns scheduled and attended one! If we can do it, so can you!
As this summer comes to a quick end, we would like to thank those who helped make the first 25 district meetings possible. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers across the country have been in constant contact with their Representatives and Senators in order to make sure Peace Corps issues are heard loud and clear. Along with Peace Corps Funding, RPCVs across the nation also advocated for Peace Corps Commemorative Legislation and Non-Competitive Eligibility. Both of which are important to pass through Congress this November.