Why I Support the National Peace Corps Association: Janet Greig, Board Member
By Sarah Kana on Thursday, October 18th, 2012
When Janet Greig was growing up in a small California farming community she never dreamed her life would be forever changed by the United States Peace Corps.
As a high school exchange student in Berlin when the wall went up in 1961, she first came to appreciate the importance of international understanding. Five years later – two weeks after graduating from college – and with the wholehearted support of her outward looking family, she answered John F. Kennedy’s call to action.
Janet served in the Peace Corps in India, working in a nutrition program with village women. There she met and married her husband Wylie. Thirty years later they found
themselves waving goodbye to their daughter as she left to serve in the Peace Corps as a Math teacher in Benin.
Avid supporters of National Peace Corps Association, both Janet and Wylie also joined their NPCA member groups – Friends of India and Northern California Peace Corps Association – and have been members of NPCA’s Director’s Circle since 2004.
“The Peace Corps experience was transformative in my life,” says Janet. “I believe the experience not only impacted me, but also the people with whom I worked in India.”
She is committed to ensuring that young people today have access to a similar experience. “I know our country is better for each of us who has returned with a broader
appreciation and understanding of our neighbors around the globe and the United States and its role in the world.”
This is just one of the compelling reasons why Janet supports NPCA financially. Here are the others:
- NPCA has the unique ability to advocate for the Peace Corps. “Our voices on Capitol Hill help keep the Peace Corps strong and vibrant.”
- NPCA is a central hub for RPCVs to connect and reconnect. “NPCA helped me to reconnect with the group I served with in India.”
- NPCA can respond to policy issues that impact returned or returning volunteers, such as the recent Kate Puzey legislation. “It leverages the impact of our individual voices.”
- NPCA tells the Peace Corps story in ways that educate and engage our community. “It is as compelling today as in the 1960s.”
Janet recognizes that the important work of NPCA can’t be done without core funding. “I believe the work of NPCA is valuable. My membership on the Board and my financial commitment are ways I support NPCA and all who value the enduring goals of peace and human development.”