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Welcome to our Newest Group

The Executive Committee of the NPCA Board of Directors approved one new group in December, bringing our total to 176!

RPCV Oral History Archive Project

Vision: Preserve the legacy of Peace Corps as experienced and articulated by individual Peace Corps Volunteers
Mission: To find and interview all returned Peace Corps Volunteers about their intercultural service experiences and deposit the recordings in the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library.

The RPCV Oral History Project began in 1999 and RPCVs have been interviewed since then. The Project was founded by Robert Klein, Ghana I, following the 35th anniversary of Peace Corps. All oral history interviews are with RPCVs or Peace Corps staff who talk about their lives before, during and to some extent after Peace Corps service. We are preserving the history and legacy of PCVs and the work they do in international development. Our recordings document data for all three Peace Corps goals, but most importantly they support the Third Goal. Since the inception of the Project in 1999, over 620 interview have been captured and are part of the National Archives housed in the John F Kennedy Library.

Learn more and contact them via our Affiliate Group Directory.

And on a related note, congratulations to First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (FCRPCV), who just launched their new website on NPCA's Community Building Platform (SilkStart)! Check out their new website here. Learn more about NPCA's Community Building Platform here.


Register for our Free January Webinars!

 

Partnering with Hostelling International USA

Wednesday, January 10 at 8 pm Eastern

NPCA partners with Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) to provide programming, facilities and opportunities to fulfill the missions of both NPCA affiliate groups and HI-USA.

In this webinar, HI-USA will give an overview of their non-profit mission, their hostels, and their signature programs.  They will outline how Peace Corps community members can volunteer in their programs, including their Explore the World Travel Scholarship Outreach and Selection Committee, and how affiliate groups can partner with hostels in their local communities.

 

International Women’s Day 2018: Another Opportunity to Serve

Wednesday, January 31 at 8 pm Eastern

National Peace Corps Association is partnering with the Women of Peace Corps Legacy to bring greater awareness to International Women's Day on March 8, highlighting the contributions women around the world have made to strengthen their communities and countries.  Join us on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to share ideas of how you can mobilize your affiliate group to serve on this important date.  Also, if your group has been active on previous International Women's Days, please let us know at womenofpeacecorpslegacy@gmail.com before the conversation on January 31, 2018.

Discussion will be led by members of Women of Peace Corps Legacy and representatives of affiliate groups. Please join us for this conversation.


Find the 250K Update

We understand supporting communities requires collaboration. Find the 250K is a community-driven initiative to help country affiliate groups build the infrastructure and capacity of their organization to locate all of their RPCVs. Not only are we able to send you a comprehensive list of RPCVs from your country (along with any contact data that we have for those wiling to have it shared), but we are also offering support for database management and membership outreach through our all-in-one web resource, SilkStart.

Missed our “Tips of Trade” project launch? Find the webinar recording and PPT presentation slides here.

Would you like access to your country’s RPCV list? Check out the Find the 250K Toolkit for information about getting started or contact our Community Development Fellow Moriah King at find250k@peacecorpsconnect.org.

 


Catch up with our Updated Resources and Recorded Webinars

Our latest webinar attracted quite a crowd! In case you missed it or any earlier ones, don't fret. Visit our list of webinars with links to recordings and presentation materials. Some of the more popular ones include:

  • Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs
  • Supporting Women and Girls Around the World
  • Engaging your Group in Support of Refugees
  • Amazing Technology Resources for your Group
  • Legal Considerations 101: Non-profit Status and Tax Filing

 


2018 Capitol Hill Day of Action - Registration Now Open

No one knows the power of returned Peace Corps Volunteers better than Affiliate Groups. From volunteerism to fundraising, building libraries and schools both at home and abroad, or hosting foreign students and refugees, RPCVs improve communities at home and abroad. Now is the Peace Corps community's opportunity to sign up to tell Congress the power of the Peace Corps!

During NPCA's National Days of Action in Support of the Peace Corps we're holding our annual Capitol Hill Day of Action on March 1, 2018. With supply and demand for volunteers skyrocketing, communities all over the world in need, people-to-people relationships increasingly critical, and an RPCV healthcare bill needing to pass, we need to tell America's lawmakers to prioritize Peace Corps funding and legislation. 

Please share this message with your Affiliate Group members and other supporters of the Peace Corps who want to join us on March 1st. Come to lobby for peace and—as many others do—use the rest of your time in our nation's capital to see the sights, connect with friends, or schedule a reunion for your Peace Corps cohort! 

Sign up now!

Capitol Hill Day of Action kicks off NPCA's annual Shriver Leadership Summit weekend. Interested in attending? Learn more.

 


Help us Showcase our Community

What have you accomplished lately? Do you have a member of your group you'd like to highlight? We love to publish news of recent outstanding achievements of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and others in the greater Peace Corps community in our quarterly WorldView magazine. Email text with your years and country of service to the NPCA’s Community News Editor, Peter Deekle, at brag@peacecorpsconnect.org. Please include your telephone number and add a photograph, if you wish.


Back by demand:  Monthly Group Newsletter

Now back by popular demand: a monthly newsletter for NPCA affiliate groups. This landing page will always have the most recently updated headlines, but the crucial action items and deadline reminders will come directly to you once each month. In between, be sure to track news on this page and through the NPCA e-newsletter.

Are you a group leader and didn't get the newsletter? Contact us!


Coming Soon - Affiliate Group Renewal

We'll start the annual group renewal process in January, so stay tuned for instructions. But you can start preparing now. What will you need? If you have an annual report, you're all set. If not, draft a simple narrative report on your activities, achievements, engagement and impact over the last year. If your group handles money, a basic financial report will be needed, too. We'll tell you where to send it to us, but please send it out to your members, too!

Community Builder Platform

Get on Board with NPCA's Community Builder Platform

NPCA's Community Builder platform is here and ready for NPCA affiliate groups to get on board!

The platform - hosted by SilkStart - is an all-inclusive system for member management; website creation, hosting, and administration; communications and marketing; calendar and event organization; fundraising campaigns; and payments and invoicing. Learn more (and view video testimonials from groups already on the platform) on our Community Builder webpage.

Groups attending the Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) in Denver will get a comprehensive introduction to the website/database platform and how it benefits groups. Not able to attend? Check out these two items:

  1. Watch this short video for an overview of the tools and features of this new platform.
  2. Complete and submit this short survey to assess your interest in and expectations of adapting the platform for your group.

Ready to transition your group to SilkStart? Have questions about transitioning to SilkStart? Email NPCAGroupWebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org


Update your group profile in NPCA's online directory

NPCA's online Affiliate Group Directory is a great way for potential new members to find and learn more about your group! Visit it here, find your group, and if needed, make updates. Watch the video below to learn how. 

 

Helping Your Group Thrive

Multiple Membership Options for Groups

You've been asking. Now it's here! Each group can set up multiple options for your members to join your group. Maybe you want a free membership with options to be a supporter, sustainer or leader with donations of certain amounts. You now can.

Want to add in more options? Fill out our form. Then allow two business days for us to make the update. As always, early each month, we'll add up all of the membership amounts received over the previous month and deposit them directly into your group bank account. Questions? Email us at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Host your next meeting on Zoom

NPCA is pleased to offer all affiliate groups the use of our Zoom account to host your group board meetings, strategic planning sessions and webinars.

Zoom allows for online meetings, including video, screen sharing, and chat and is the platform NPCA currently uses for its webinars, as well as committee and board meetings. Your participants can join by computer, smart phone or even a landline phone (audio only, in that case). By using the NPCA account, you can extend your meeting beyond the 45 minute limit that comes with the free version.

Meetings will be confirmed within two business days by staff, who will send along the details on how to access the meeting for you to forward to participants. Meetings are on a first come, first served basis. Thank you for your understanding if we cannot honor all requests, or if we suggest an alternate time. Please place your request as soon as you know your meeting time, ideally at least two weeks prior to the meeting.


Permanent Group Emails

More and more groups are switching to "permanent" emails for their board members, e.g., president@rpcvw.org. Great! We encourage groups to consider that option, which facilitates communication between you, your members, NPCA and beyond. No more updates to make as your officers change.

If you have such permanent emails, we suggest that you use them to set up "permanent" accounts for those positions in the NPCA database. Go to our home page, click on "join now" in the upper right corner and fill in the required fields, including those permanent emails. Then contact us and we'll make sure they are linked to your group listing in the Affiliate Group directory. As your officers change, you just need to log into those records and update the names and they will automatically update on our website. Easy!


Membership Lists and Dues Deposits

On a monthly basis, NPCA compiles all of the affiliate group memberships that came through the NPCA community builder platform over the previous month, deposits payments directly into group bank accounts and sends membership lists to groups. Groups opting to use the NPCA's community builder platform for their own manage all of their members directly through the site. For all other groups, NPCA staff will email monthly reports directly to the group leaders as designated. The latest deposits were made by November 7 to cover membership payments in October 2017. Individual memberships in affiliate groups via NPCA continue to rise, so check your email for your group-specific membership list and your bank account for your deposit.


Membership Renewals

Our database platform is automated to send out membership renewal reminders both 30 days and 10 days before each individual's renewal date, with a final reminder on the date the renewal is due. Remind your members to activate their profile, check their membership status and renew! We'll be sending some overdue reminders, but your members might appreciate a reminder from you, too!

Upcoming Webinars

Partnering with Hostelling International USA - Wednesday, January 10 at 8 pm Eastern

International Women's Day 2018: Another Opportunity to Serve - Wednesday, January 31 at 8 pm Eastern

#ProtectPeaceCorps - every Tuesday at 9 pm Eastern (https://zoom.us/j/181419862)

NPCA hosts one or two webinars each month at varying days/times. Have a topic to suggest? Want to lead a webinar? Contact NPCA.

ACTION ITEMS

Check your group's official representation at the 2017 AGNAM.

Sign up to schedule your group  meeting on NPCA's Zoom platform. First come, first served on available time slots.

Take our short survey on your group's interest in adopting the new NPCA Community Builder (SilkStart) platform.

 

Take action in support of Peace Corps!

NPCA Staff Calendar

 

We love meeting you all at group events. Do you have one coming up that you'd like one of us to attend? Drop us a quick invitation!

Be sure to add your group events to the community calendar!

Time-Sensitive Reminders

  • Are you counted? Check this list to make sure we have an accurate list of who attended the 2017 Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting in Denver.
  • Register for 2018 Capitol Hill Day of Action, March 1, 2018

Groups that are forming

North and/or South Dakota - contact Tammie Harris at DakotaRPCVs@gmail.com

Tonga - contact Joey at josephbaietti@gmail.com

 

Need some help forming a group or recruiting members? Contact us!

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Adrienne McCloud at mccloud.adrienne@gmail.com

 

Do you need some assistance getting your group up and running? Contact us!

Contact Us

Affiliate Group inquiries: Anne Baker at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org

NPCA's Community Builder Platform: Ella Dowell at NPCAGroupWebsites@
peacecorpsconnect.org

Find the 250K Campaign: Moriah King at find250k@peacecorpsconnect.org