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Affiliate Group Resource Library

Welcome to the National Peace Corps Association’s Affiliate Group Resource Library, your Affiliate Group’s one stop shop for resources to enable your group to thrive.

This Resource Library will be regularly updated as needed and based on your input.

Please click on a category heading below to see more information about that topic.

 

Getting Started

Review our Getting Started Toolkit, set up a call to talk through the process with NPCA staff and/or just start working on the affiliation application.

Applications For Affiliation

Don’t fit into any of those models? Contact us!

Legal Considerations

Step-By-Step Guides

Relevant Documents & Internet Links

Membership

Questions Addressed
What are the NPCA membership categories? How can my affiliate group expand its membership? What are the best practices for managing my affiliate group’s members? How can partnership with NPCA benefit the members of my affiliate group?

Step-By-Step Guide

Relevant Documents

Communications

Questions Addressed
What are the best means for your affiliate group’s leadership to effectively communicate to its members? How does my affiliate group utilize internet social networking? How does my affiliate group create, promote, and maintain a website?

Step-By-Step Guide

Relevant Documents

Financial Management

Questions Addressed
How do we budget? How do we transfer membership dues between NPCA and your group? What are the basic responsibilities for financial management?

Step-By-Step Guide

Relevant Documents

Advocacy

National Peace Corps Association is the only nationwide advocate for Peace Corps community interests at the federal level. We also support Peace Corps related advocacy initiatives at the state and local level.

Our efforts are strengthened by the support of our affiliate groups. We need your support – and the support of your members – to ensure that lawmakers learn about the  importance of the Peace Corps, and support the strongest and best Peace Corps possible.

Here are four key ways affiliate groups can support NPCA’s advocacy efforts. Contact us with questions or expressions of interest at [email protected]:

  1. Identify an Advocacy Coordinator: If your group does not have an advocacy coordinator, contact us to learn more about this volunteer leadership position. Our advocacy coordinators provide a critical link between NPCA staff and grassroots members at key periods of mobilization.
  2. Seek District Office Meetings: Whether it is during our National Days of Advocacy (during March and April), the traditional congressional recess (during August and September) or any times in between, we are ready to work with you to organize and carry out local meetings at the district offices of your elected representatives.
  3. Promote NPCA’s Action Center: Help us increase voices for advocacy in support of the Peace Corps by connecting your members to NPCA’s Action Center for quick, impactful opportunities to make a difference.
  4. Invite NPCA Advocacy to Your Event: We welcome opportunities for NPCA advocacy staff to meet with your members (virtually, and perhaps even in person) and provide an update on key advocacy initiatives. Contact us if you have an upcoming event where an advocacy presentation, training, or legislative update would be helpful.

Affiliate Group Network

The Affiliate Group Network – AGN facilitates communication between and among NPCA affiliate groups for purposes of sharing best practices and more. It consists formally of an annual meeting of the leadership of NPCA’s affiliate groups, scheduled each year in conjunction with the Peace Corps Connect conference. The meeting is open to all. Throughout the year, NPCA affiliate groups are encouraged to communicate via the Facebook Affiliate Group Network and check out the NPCA Affiliate Group Directory!

NPCA affiliate group delegates elect an Affiliate Group Network (AGN) Coordinator every two years. The AGN Coordinator is a voting member of the NPCA Board of Directors, per the NPCA bylaws. The Affiliate Group Network Coordinator position (for the term 2020-2022) is currently vacant. Elections will be held in 2022.

Annual Meeting:

The Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting is held annually in conjunction with Peace Corps Connect.

Minutes from previous meetings:

Purpose-Driven Group Webinars

Use the link below to review recordings of past webinars from last year.

Archived webinars from 2023

Peace Corps Community Archives

You’ve put a lot of work into your group and you’ve accomplished a lot.  You should be proud! And you should be sure you don’t lose that history as your group evolves and changes.

We encourage you to consider donating your group history to the Peace Corps Community Archive at American University in Washington, DC.

Learn more here.

Workplace Affinity Groups

Network with other members of the Peace Corps community, carry out the Third Goal of Peace Corps and support efforts to strengthen our community at the workplace!  Here are some resources shared by workplace affinity groups that may be helpful for others that are forming. (See above for the application to formally affiliate with NPCA.)

Relevant Documents

Charters

Establishing an Employee Association

Non-competitive Eligibility (NCE)

Other Resources

Activities

Topics Addressed
Generally the most successful Affiliate Groups are ones with clearly-defined activities and goals. For what is your group known?  Why do people join or support your group?  How can you best carry out the Third Goal of the Peace Corps and share your Peace Corps county’s culture with Americans? These links below offer some toolkits and resources to help you make your activities a success and strengthen your group.

Relevant Documents and Links

Office of Third Goal Toolkits

Historical Documents

While these documents are quite dated, the general content could be helpful for logistics and planning purposes.  The toolkits may be replaced with updated documents over the coming months.

Event Planning Toolkits (originally created in 2011 for Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary)

Contact Us

For organizational questions, to start a group, or for logistical or technology support, contact NPCA staff at [email protected].

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