Why Carol Freeman Supports the NPCA
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, September 20th, 2013
Carol Freeman (Philippines 1965-67) asked herself that question after she returned from Peace Corps Connect in Boston. At this conference, she learned about NPCA projects such as advocacy work on Capitol Hill, leading her to contemplate her affiliation with this organization.
“I live simply and have saved for retirement. Each month I have enough money to contribute to people and organizations. After I returned from Boston and sat down to decide on my contributions, Peace Corps and NPCA came to the top of the list.”
Peace Corps’ Lasting Legacy
Last February, while visiting the village where she served in the Filipino island of Panay, Carol was struck by how well she was remembered. “I hadn’t been back for 46 years, but people stopped me on the street with ‘Ms. Freeman!’ I got to meet the two women who had lived with me as 6th graders. I had sent them money over the years for educational expenses and all their children and grandchildren knew who I was. Everyone from those days remembered me! That really got me excited about the Peace Corps again.”
This experience reignited her passion for the Peace Corps and prompted her to join the NPCA Director’s Circle after years as a regular $35 a year member. She recognized the need for more funding for the projects NPCA is undertaking.
In March, Carol participated in the Day of Action in Washington, DC, where she met NPCA Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson, who motivated her to get involved. She says, “Jonathan Pearson does such a great job organizing the advocacy work and has excellent materials for us to use. In fact, I’m trying to arrange visits to our two Senators and our Representatives here in Minnesota this summer.”
Carol has had an inspiring career, continuing in the spirit of service. She taught English before joining the Peace Corps, taught high school English and social studies after returning, practiced law, and did academic research at the University of Minnesota in education policy after obtaining her doctoral degree.
She says of her accomplishments, “It’s all been very interesting. But we as RPCVs need to remember how important the Peace Corps was in our lives and in the lives of people in our Peace Corps communities, particularly those in rural areas. That’s why it’s important to me to continue to support the Peace Corps and NPCA. “