Support the RPCV Mentoring Program
By Anne Baker on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
For returning Peace Corps Volunteers, sometimes the hardest thing about the Peace Corps is adjusting to life back home. That’s why the National Peace Corps Association created a unique program to help returning volunteers link up with RPCV mentors.
The RPCV Mentoring program was started in 2007 with a fundamental goal in mind: to connect recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers with RPCV mentors.
Via phone, email and face-to-face meetings, these mentors help ease the difficult transition, provide a connection to the RPCV community at large, and say some of the most comforting words in the English language, namely, “I know what you’re going through. I’ve been there.”
But now, six years after its launch and five years after it went online, the RPCV Mentoring Program needs a technology boost. Through some program redesigns and a shift to a new platform run off of the main NPCA database, the RPCV Mentoring Program can better meet the needs of returning volunteers, allow more “seasoned” RPCVs to continue to give back and, in the process, strengthen our community.
NPCA staff applied for – and got – a $7,150 grant from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin- Madison for their proposal entitled “Enhancement and Expansion of Mentoring Program.” In response to and to build on that grant, the RPCVs of WI-Madison now offer you an opportunity to participate and match their support of this program as well. In fact, we’re hoping to quadruple their support!
“They told me it would be hard but I never realized how hard it would be until I got home. My mentor made a world of difference.”
- Mentee, Ecuador 2006
“It was incredibly satisfying to reconnect with the Peace Corps community.”
- Mentor, Nepal 1982
How can you help?
- Member Groups: we sent all group officers a letter outlining this campaign and inviting you to participate. Respond by making your pledge and sending in your contribution today. Have further questions? Visit the “Matching Campaign for Database Support” discussion forum on the Group Leaders Forum in the NPCA Social Network.
- Individuals: add your contribution to the match. Log in, click on “donate” and make a contribution towards the “Matching Campaign for Database Support.” Or send a check to NPCA, 1900 L Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036 and note that it is for the “database matching campaign.”
Want to sign up for the RPCV Mentoring Program? Visit it here in its original form. It still works! Or just wait until we have the newly redesigned program up and running at the end of this campaign. The sooner we raise the matching funds, the sooner we’ll get there!
Thank you for your support!
We thank the following NPCA Member Groups who have contributed a total of $9,475 (of the total of $10,025 pledged) towards this campaign as of October 18, 2013:
- Amigos de Honduras
- Athens Area Association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
- Atlanta Area RPCVs
- Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
- Chicago Area Peace Corps Association
- Connecticut Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
- Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
- Friends of Afghanistan
- Friends of Burkina Faso
- Friends of Colombia
- Friends of Ecuador
- members of Friends of Korea
- Friends of Malaysia
- Friends of Morocco
- Friends of Nepal
- Friends of Sierra Leone
- Friends of the Dominican Republic
- Friends of Uganda
- Full Basket Belize
- Greater Birmingham RPCVs
- Maryland Peace Corps Association
- North Carolina Peace Corps Association
- Northern California Peace Corps Association
- Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development
- Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association
- Pittsburgh Area Peace Corps Association
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Phoenix, Arizona (pledge)
- RPCVs of Greater New York
- RPCVs of Northeast New York
- RPCVs of South Florida
- RPCV West Michigan (pledge)
- San Diego Peace Corps Association (pledge)
- Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
- Western Montana RPCVs