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Our Growing Community

Welcome to our newest affiliate group, Women of Peace Corps Legacy! With a mission to bring Peace Corps women together to serve communities and create a better world for future generations, this group has three goals: to celebrate the ongoing legacy of women of Peace Corps; to inspire commitments to service everywhere; and to expand and mobilize the network to leverage our talent, experience, and wisdom. Please welcome them to our community!

Documenting Your Legacy

Congratulations to Arkadaslar, our "Friends of Turkey" affiliate group. Borrowing on the book of photographs and photo exhibit produced by Friends of Korea a few years back, Arkadaslar reached out to their members to collect their photographic memories. The result, Turkiye: Through Our Eyes, is a beautiful compilation reflecting Peace Corps Volunteer photos taken between 1962 and 1970.

Has your group produced a similar book? Please send us a copy for our growing library and archives!

Next webinar

Monthly NPCA Meet and Greet

Held the third Wednesday of each month at 8 pm Eastern and hosted by different NPCA staff members, here is your opportunity to get the latest community news, learn about resources and opportunities and garner tips on how you can capitalize on all this community has to offer. Bring your ideas and questions, too, as there is lots of time for Q&A.

Next up: Wednesday, January 18, hosted by J.M. Ascienzo, Government Relations Officer.

Showcase your group and share your best practices - lead a webinar! Interested? Contact us to learn how.

 

Grow Your Membership

When one group adds 20 paid members in a flash, we take notice. So, how did New Mexico Peace Corps Association achieve that last month? They contacted NPCA to get language they could post to their community on how to join/renew in our new system.

We're sharing that language (and links) with all groups. Simply fill in your group's name where indicated and send it out. Try it!

Thank you for supporting <<GROUP NAME>>. As you may know, <<GROUP NAME>> is an official affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), an organization dedicated to advocating for a bigger, better Peace Corps and strengthening the Peace Corps community, including groups like ours.

NPCA recently launched a new website – complete with a new online portal and community directory. On your profile, you can add a photo, share your story and send messages to your Peace Corps friends. We encourage you to check it out!

And, going forward, please join and renew your membership through the NPCA’s website. It allows you to be part of the online directory, and you can join more than one group at the same time.

Please follow these steps to renew:

  1. Head to NPCA’s website: www.peacecorpsconnect.org

  2. If you’ve been a member of NPCA in the past, you’ll already be in the system and just need to retrieve your login. To do so, click on “Sign In” and use the “Forgot My Password” link to reset your login information. (Your username is your email address).

  3. Once you’re logged in, hover over the “Connect” tab on the main menu and a pop-up will appear. Click on “Your Membership.”

  4. On the next page, you can select your NPCA engagement plan. There are lots of options, from becoming a free member, subscribing to WorldView magazine or becoming a Mission Partner. In the box below, you’ll be able to select <<GROUP NAME>>. You can just start typing the name, or scroll through the dropdown menu. Select as many affiliate groups as you like!

  5. On the next page, you’ll fill out your payment information and then you’re all set! Thank you for renewing!

If you have never been a member of NPCA before, instead of following the directions above, you can simply click the “Join” button and create a new profile. You’ll still be able to select your NPCA engagement plan and <<GROUP NAME>> as your affiliate.

If you have any trouble with this process, just reach out to npca@peacecorpsconnect.org for assistance.

Thank you for all you do for the Peace Corps community!

 

Accept the Challenge

Engaging Our Community

 

NPCA President and CEO Glenn Blumhorst sent a letter to all members of the Peace Corps community last month which included this excerpt:

Since the day four years ago when I came aboard as President and CEO of National Peace Corps Association, I have been inspired and motivated by the commitment to Peace Corps ideals by every member of our community. As individuals and affiliate groups, in communities across America and all over the world, each and every day the Peace Corps community rises to the challenge in pursuit of peace, progress and understanding. It’s what unites us. It’s what makes us family. It’s what makes us represent the best of America.

Now, more than ever, our best is needed.

What can you do to rise to the challenge?

  1. Join, engage or lead your affiliate group. Whether it's that of your host country, region of the U.S., workplace, affinity or the cause that's closest to your heart, now is the time to lean in. 
  2. Don't see a group you are looking for? Start a new one!
  3. Get other RPCVs and supporters of the Peace Corps to join NPCA. Together we can create the momentum for change and impact.
  4. Reach out to your member of Congress — especially if they are new. You can also become an NPCA Advocacy Coordinator. Along with retaking the White House, Republicans have retained majorities in the House and Senate, giving the GOP a clean sweep of the presidency and Congress in an election for the first time since 2000. Let's work with them, and demonstrate why the Peace Corps is needed.
  5. Actively follow the specific requests for outreach, mobilization and action coming from NPCA throughout 2017. 
  6. Starting right now, let's tell President-elect Trump's transition team how much the Peace Corps matters. See examples of messaging that illustrate how the world needs a bigger, better Peace Corps now more than ever. 
  7. Support NPCA. Only through your contributions can we continue to engage national leadership.

Thank you for all that you do day in and day out - and for sharing this message!

Affiliate Group News

Get on Board with NPCA's New Community Builder Platform

The new NPCA Community Builder platform is here and ready for NPCA affiliate groups to get on board!

The new platform - hosted by SilkStart - is an all-inclusive system for member management; website creation, hosting, and administration; communications and marketing; calendar and event organization; fundraising campaigns; and payments and invoicing.

Groups attending the Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) last week got a comprehensive introduction to the website/database platform and how it benefits groups. If you were not able to attend the AGNAM, please take five minutes on each of these two items:

  1. Watch this short video for an overview of the tools and features of this new platform.
  2. Complete and submit this short survey to assess your interest in and expectations of adapting the platform for your group.

For examples of websites that use SilkStart’s platform, please have a look at NPCA and NorCalPCA’s websites.

Thank you for completing the survey!

Ready to transition your group to SilkStart? Have questions about transitioning to SilkStart? Email NPCAGroupWebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org

Helping Your Group Thrive

Permanent Group Emails

More and more groups are switching to "permanent" emails for their board members, e.g., president@rpcvw.org. Great! We encourage groups to consider that option, which facilitates communication between you, your members, NPCA and beyond. No more updates to make as your officers change.

If you have such permanent emails, we suggest that you use them to set up "permanent" accounts for those positions in the NPCA database. Go to our home page, click on "join now" in the upper right corner and fill in the required fields, including those permanent emails. Then contact us and we'll make sure they are linked to your group listing in the Affiliate Group directory. As your officers change, you just need to log into those records and update the names and they will automatically update on our website. Easy!

 

Membership Lists and Dues Deposits

On a monthly basis, NPCA compiles all of the affiliate group memberships that came through the NPCA community builder platform over the previous month, deposits payments directly into group bank accounts and sends membership lists to groups. During this launch phase of the community builder platform and until we have a place for group administrators to download their own membership transactions, we will email those reports directly to the group leaders as designated. October dues payments were deposited into group accounts on November 10 and November dues payments on December 14. Individual memberships in affiliate groups via NPCA continue to rise, so check your email for your group-specific membership list and your bank account for your deposit.

If you haven't yet done so, please designate your points of contact. Check your listing in the Affiliate Group Directory and, if necessary, let us know to update your listing.

 

Membership Renewals

Our new platform is automated to send out membership renewal reminders both 30 days and 10 days before each individual's renewal date, with a final reminder on the date the renewal is due. With the new platform and new look, some of those messages may be overlooked.  Remind your members to activate their profile, check their membership status and renew! We'll be sending some overdue reminders, but your members might appreciate a reminder from you, too! (We've shared some text at the top of this page. Simply copy that and send it out.)

ACTION ITEMS

Take our short survey on your group's interest in adopting the new NPCA Community Builder (SilkStart) platform.

NPCA Staff Calendar

Pittsburgh Area RPCV Winter Potluck (Saturday, January 28; Pittsburgh, PA) - Glenn Blumhorst or Jonathan Pearson

 

Friends of Fiji Annual General Meeting and Potluck Dinner (Saturday, February 4; Fairfax, VA) - Anne Baker

 

We love meeting you all at  group events. Do you have one coming up that you'd like one of us to attend? Drop us a quick invitation!

 

Be sure to add your group events to the community calendar!

Time-Sensitive Reminders

  • Take our short survey to Let us know your interest in our new NPCA Community Builder (SilkStart) platform
  • Register for the January 18 webinar: NPCA Meet and Greet

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Adrienne McCloud at mccloud.adrienne@gmail.com

 

Do you need some assistance getting your group up and running? Contact us!