Get in the ACT! Peace Corps ACT Day!
On September 22nd, 1961, Congress passed the Peace Corps Act, officially and permanently establishing the Peace Corps. To honor this historic date, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) wants to celebrate all things Peace Corps — and we need your help!
This year, we will focus on “The Peace Corps Difference” and how Peace Corps service has influenced and continues to influence your life. This could be something as big as your ongoing commitment to volunteerism or something as small as your tendency to still bow when offered food. On Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, you will have 24 hours to ACT… to tell us (and others) your story!
How to get involved:
Let us count the ways!
Strut Your Stuff
1) Simply wear your Peace Corps apparel or buttons (or even your host country’s traditional clothing) and encourage others to ask you why the Peace Corps still matters.
Social Media Frenzy
2) Update your Facebook and/or Twitter status to “Happy Peace Corps ACT Day,” change your profile picture to one of you during your service, share NPCA’s post…whatever you want! Just remember to tag @peacecorpsconnect on Facebook and @pcorpsconnect on Twitter! On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #PCACTDay
Even use the above picture as a Facebook cover photo!
[To download the banner, simply right click on the image at the top of the page, select 'Save Image As' (PC) or 'Save Link As' (Mac) from the pop-up menu that appears, and save the file to your desktop or hard drive.]
When adding the banner to your page, remember to link it to www.peacecorpsconnect.org!
Share Your Message
3) Pick one of the below themes and write your message legibly on a small white board or white piece of paper. Then submit a picture of yourself (like these folks did) to email@example.com with the words “Peace Corps Difference” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, the city and state where you currently reside, and your Peace Corps country and years of service below your message!
- “I helped…”, describing something of note you assisted in creating during your Peace Corps service.
- “Because of Peace Corps…”, detailing how the Peace Corps influenced your life.
- “Peace Corps matters because…”, explaining why or how you believe Peace Corps makes a difference.
Lights, Camera, Peace Corps!
4) Upload a six-second Vine or Instagram video saying why you think Peace Corps matters or “Happy Peace Corps Day,” which could be featured online or in future NPCA promotional materials. Tag @peacecorpsconnect to make sure we see it!
5) If there’s one thing NPCA knows and does, it’s advocacy on behalf of the Peace Corps. We want to ensure that the Peace Corps continues to have the means to support its Volunteers in the field. We also would like more Americans to have the opportunity to serve: we know that there’s a list of countries that want to host Volunteers; and we know that many Americans want to serve. The obstacle: money.
Beyond dollars and cents, there are other issues of interest to our community. For example, there’s the Peace Corps Equity Act. And there’s the effort to authorize a commemorative space in Washington, D.C. On September 22, take a few minutes to contact your members of Congress and let them know why their support for the Peace Corps is important to you. Learn more about opportunities for Peace Corps community advocacy on the advocacy section of our website.
6) Plan a house party, happy hour, service event, etc. for other members of the Peace Corps community in your area! Simply fill out this form and we will add your event and information to the below map. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
View September 22nd Celebrations! in a larger map
“Willing to Serve”
7) What better way to show off Peace Corps pride than by volunteering throughout your local community! You can even send us a picture of your service work to be displayed on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts!
Show Me the Money
8) And last, but certainly not least, donate to NPCA so that we can continue our Find the 250k Campaign! Every dollar counts and we want to be able to continue pushing the Third Goal and supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers!
So get involved and get creative…September 22nd is coming up soon!