From DC to Boston to Atlanta: NPCA and Peace Corps Team Up to Hear from You
By Ana Reigstad on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
On a crisp November evening, at a cozy restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, some 40 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) from the greater Boston area met to share some warmth, wit, and wisdom. With an active Boston Area RPCV group, this was no rare sight. However, on this particular night, two more characters were added to the cast. National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) President Glenn Blumhorst and Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined the group to connect with the local Peace Corps community.
The event is the first of many being planned jointly by Peace Corps and NPCA leadership. In fact, just five days later, Blumhorst linked up with Peace Corps Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships Corey Griffin for a community get-together in Atlanta. It was there, in Georgia’s lively capital, that the Atlanta Area RPCVs group organized a happy hour that drew the involvement of another 40 or so RPCVs.
“Members and group leaders are a primary source of community input to the NPCA,” explains Blumhorst. Some of the insight gleaned from these gatherings provided timely inspiration just last week as the NPCA embarked on the early stages of its strategic planning process, which forms the organization’s plan of action for the next five years.
“I see our core mission as being to support, promote and strengthen RPCV member groups and membership, so it’s important to get beyond the Beltway and exchange our ideas,” says Blumhorst, who plans to continue his visits in the near future, traveling next to the Midwest and West Coast.
In their ongoing efforts to serve the Peace Corps community, the Peace Corps and the NPCA plan to make these visits the norm, rather than the exception. One theme rings clear: the NPCA and the Peace Corps are making a concerted effort to get down to the roots of their organizations.