About Portland Peace Corps Association
Welcome to the Columbia River Peace Corps Association (CRPCA), the returned Peace Corps volunteers living in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. We are committed to ideals of service and community, both at home and abroad. Connect with us if you are a potential volunteer wanting to talk with old hands, if you are an returned volunteer looking to connect with others who have shared the unique Peace Corps experience, or if you share our ideals and want to meet others of like mind! Take a look at our calendar to see what upcoming events we have planned: we hold regular service events, social gatherings, and educational opportunities that help us serve our community and engage with the world. Find something that suits your style, and join us – we’d love to have you!
From the Pacific Ocean to the Columbia Gorge, from the Portland-Vancouver metro area to the mid-Willamette Valley…
The primary purpose of this Association is to:
(a) Promote charitable and educational purposes in connection with accomplishing the third goal of Peace Corps as originally mandated by Congress in 1961: “to promote a better understanding of other people on the part of the American people.”
(b) Provide a regional, interdisciplinary forum for charitable activities, professional development, networking, and exchange of knowledge related to understanding and assisting people from diverse cultures in the Portland area and in countries where Peace Corps volunteers have served.
(c) Provide support for newly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers re-connecting with their community and culture in the United States while allowing them to continue with public service related activities similar to those encountered in their Peace Corps service.
(d) Provide a venue for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to utilize their public service skills in their current community.