Advocacy. When the Community Supports the Peace Corps.

 

 Team Michigan en route to tell members of Congress that America and the world need a bigger, better Peace Corps. 

 

Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), RPCV Colombia, speaks to the value of the Peace Corps and the need to invest in America's greatest institution.

 

(L to R) Jesse Bailey, RPCV Morocco; Skido Achulo, Embassy of Ghana; Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA); David Magnani, RPCV Sierra Leone; and Natalie Hall, RPCV Thailand.

 

 Minnesota constituents meet with Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) (center).

 

 Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) (center) meets with constituent Judith Gaddie and fellow RPCV Dorie Hagler.

 

Longtime Peace Corps advocate Richard MacIntyre (2nd from right) is the first winner of NPCA’s Advocate of the Year Award.

 

Team Illinois (L to R) John Baird, Marnie Tisue, Ella Lacey and Patricia Mertz prepare for a full day of advocacy meetings.

 

Team North Carolina with the office of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).

 

After meeting with Ashland, Oregon RPCVs David Drury and Asifa Kanji, Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) became a co-sponsor of the Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act.

 

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) speaks with Minnesota constituents along with the 2016 Harris Wofford Awardee, Ibrahima Sankare, on Peace Corps' impact in Mali. 

 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) (above left), along with Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), were recipients of NPCA’s 2016 Sam Farr Congressional Leadership Award.

 

Dozens of thank you cards were written to lawmakers and their staff at NPCA's afternoon staging area.
 

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) meets with RPCV constituents David Drury and Asifa Kanji.

 

(L to R) National service champion and former Senator Harris Wofford, Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).

 

Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

 

Senator Dick Durbin's (D-IL) staff meets with Team Illinois

 

  A leader of the newly revitalized Magnolia State RPCVs, L. Patricia Ice, makes the case for a strong Peace Corps with Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

 

 The head of the Hawaii RPCVs, Caroline Mackenzie, spent a half-hour meeting with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI). 

 

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) meets with southern California RPCVs Sean Anderson and Rosemary Straley.

 

Skido Seidu Sullman Achulo, Embassy of Ghana, and Natalie Hall, RPCV Thailand, met with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

 

 Participants of the 2016 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day organize before setting out for their respective meetings.

 

 Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), NPCA President and CEO Glenn Blumhorst, Tiffany Brownley-Meijer, and Ibrahima Sankare.

 

NPCA was proud to accompany the 2016 Harris Wofford Awardee, Ibrahima Sankare, to Capitol Hill.

 

 Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) speaks with Minnesota constituents.

 

 Former NPCA President Chic Dambach presents Richard MacIntyre with NPCA’s Advocate of the Year Award.

 

 Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) (2nd from left) meets with RPCVs (L to R) Judith Gaddie, Susan Stine and Dorie Hagler.

 

 NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst thanks Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) for her leadership on Peace Corps issues.

 

Team Minnesota prepares for a meeting with the office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

 

 In more than 250 meetings, our advocates spoke passionately for increased Peace Corps funding and improvements to Peace Corps health services.

 

NPCA Advocacy staff J.M. Ascienzo and Jonathan Pearson, address attendees at an end-of-day celebratory reception.

 

Arkansas RPCV Albert Flaig Jr. (center) and other members of the Peace Corps community meet with Congressman Steve Womack (R-AR) (2nd from left) 

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (second from left) often meets RPCVs at his constituent coffees. During the 55th anniversary of Peace Corps, he met with (L to R) Eloise Campbell, Tabitha Barr, Katherine Crosson and Thomas Skeldon.

 

How can you continue making an impact? By supporting NPCA. Donate to the Community Fund to ensure the community can advocate for a bigger, better Peace Corps.