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May 1, 2019

Community Achievements – May 2019

Community News - Achievements of RPCVs Author: Peter Deekle May 2019   BELIZE Natural resource professional Tammy Summers (2004-2006) has been hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the new refuge manager for the Guam National Wildlife Refuge and superintendent for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. She will provide leadership for the conservation management activities at the refuge and in the monument, including continuing to support important partnerships on Guam and in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.   CAMEROON Pavla Zakova Laney (1996-1999) started Educare-Africa, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, to continue assisting students and schools especially in rural...

April 26, 2019

Senate Peace Corps Funding Letter Hits New Record!

Each spring, the Peace Corps community mobilizes to support letters issued in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging robust funding for the Peace Corps. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking for an increase in Peace Corps funding, and the Peace Corps community responded. The Dear Colleague letter, an official correspondence sent by Members of Congress to encourage others to support or oppose a bill, received a record 41 signatures this year. That number surpassed the previous high of 37 signatures, achieved in both 2009 and 2018. Coupled with a record breaking House Dear Colleague letter and its 181 signatures, a...

April 18, 2019

CorpsAfrica Executive Director Liz Fanning to Receive the 2019 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is proud to announce Liz Fanning as the recipient of the 2019 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service in recognition of her tireless efforts to create and expand CorpsAfrica, a nonprofit organization that gives young Africans the opportunity to serve like Peace Corps Volunteers in their own countries. The award is presented annually by NPCA to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who continue to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad, or are innovative social entrepreneurs who bring about significant long-term change. It honors the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps...

April 18, 2019

In Memoriam – April 2019

We honor Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and former staff we lost in the last several weeks who served our nation so well. Among those we mourn are an administrative law judge from Washington D.C., a community leader from Arizona, and a former congressman from Wisconsin.   Jim Moody (1935-2019) worked for the Peace Corps, setting up programs in Pakistan and Bangladesh, before coming back to work at Peace Corps headquarters. Moody worked for Yugoslavia and Iran for CARE, for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and served in the House of Representatives from 1983 through 1992. Congressman Moody entered politics at the...

April 9, 2019

Happy Birthday, Harris Wofford!

Today, we remember the late Harris Wofford and celebrate what would have been his 93rd birthday. Members of the Peace Corps community whose lives were touched by Harris share some of their memories:   "Harris was special and imparted to us the value of national service and encouraged us to try to make the world a more caring and tolerant one." - Tondalaya Gillespie   "His inspiration during the early years of the Peace Corps led me to a life of service. He even remembered my name 10 years later. A truly wonderful man." - Peter Arquin MD    "Harris was the essence of...

April 3, 2019

The Reality in El Paso and What You Can Do

There is a great need for Spanish-speaking volunteers to serve in hospitality centers at the southern border. NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-91) recently took a leave of absence to lend a hand. Here’s his story and how you can volunteer with Annunciation House. “I can empathize with them; I’ve been in their shoes,” said Lupe, the Amtrak ticket agent in El Paso, Texas. I was dropping off Fortunato and his six-year-old daughter, Lourdes, for their four-day trip to Bellingham, Washington, with connections in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. I was moved by how kind and considerate Lupe was to these particular travelers...

April 1, 2019

Community Achievements – April 2019

Community News - Achievements of RPCVs Author: Peter Deekle April 2019   COLOMBIA James Fisher (2015-2016) joined Voters of Deer Isle, Maine on Jan. 8, 2018 as a full-time town manager. He is also a musician, plays the bassoon and tuba with two local bands, and belongs to the Flash! In the Pans Steel Drum Band and the University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Club.     ETHIOPIA Janet Lee (1974-1976), dean of Regis University’s Dayton Memorial Library, recently joined the list of recipients of the Magis Medal. The Magis Medal was originally developed as part of the Centennial celebration of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) in 2015,...

March 29, 2019

House Peace Corps Funding Letter Hits New High

A record number of 181 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter calling for a $40 million increase for the Peace Corps! The letter, which was drafted by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), was circulated by the three co-chairs of the House Peace Corps Caucus: RPCV Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA), and fellow Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA). 172 Democrats (making up 73% of House Democrats) and nine Republicans signed the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for State/Foreign Operations requesting an increase in funding for the fiscal year that begins this coming October from $410.5 million currently to...

March 20, 2019

In Memoriam – March 2019

People who served in the Peace Corps realize their years as a volunteer are just the beginning. Among those members of our community who recently died are many who exemplified that lifetime commitment to serving others, whether with other Peace Corps alumni or through other organizations.   David Clark Scheinman (1948-2019) led the NPCA affiliate group the Gulf Coast Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, based in Houston, for many years after moving to Texas in 2004. Born in New York City, Dave attended York Suburban High School and Storm King boarding school, before attending American University and earning a graduate degree from Cornell....

March 19, 2019

Take Action to Increase Peace Corps Funding

We will need strong support from the House of Representatives in order to see a Peace Corps funding increase in the fiscal year that begins next October (FY 2020). Here's why. Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Garret Graves (R-LA) are circulating their annual Peace Corps funding letter. This letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations asks that Peace Corps funding for FY 2020 be increased by nearly ten percent, to $450 million. This increase would follow four consecutive years of flat funding for the Peace Corps. This letter carries great weight because of the high number of signatures it normally...