NEW! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting
We had a great meeting in Denver with over 90 participants officially representing 34 groups. The agenda included an update on NPCA from Glenn, an overview and update from Ella (via video when her flight was cancelled) on the Community Building platform that NPCA offers for all affiliate groups, and brief reports and World Cafe tables on key initiatives (from other affiliate groups, NPCA and Peace Corps' Office of Third Goal) to bolster your group. Stay tuned for official draft minutes.
Sign-ins got quite busy at the last minute, so we want to confirm that we accounted for everyone present who was officially representing a group. Were you there? Please check this list to make sure you're counted. Send any corrections to email@example.com.
One-on-one with the Community Builder Platform in DC
Curious about this new Community Builder platform? Does it really do everything? Will it meet all of our needs? (See here for more on that.)
Schedule a time slot to meet with Ella Dowell, NPCA's Community Technology Systems Coordinator, while she's in Washington, DC from September 15-19. She'll sit down with you one-on-one to give you a demo, answer questions, hear your needs - whatever you want.
Already on the platform? Come meet Ella in person and get a check-up on your site. Not in DC? Reach out to Ella at NPCAGroupWebsites@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.
#ProtectPeaceCorps Campaign Heats Up for the Summer
Last week the prospect of level Peace Corps funding got a big boost when 37 senators signed a Dear Colleague letter to Congressional appropriators requesting level funding for the Peace Corps, a strong show of bipartisan support following the Administration's proposal to cut funding by $12 million. (Read more.)
The Peace Corps community will need to step up their efforts as Congress decides on final spending levels throughout the summer. Affiliate Groups are an ideal vehicle for showcasing the Peace Corps' impact—during and after service, at home and abroad—to Congress. Picnics, service events, fundraisers, and meetings with Congress at district offices are just some of the ways you can engage lawmakers and encourage them to prioritize the Peace Corps.
Contact your local NPCA Advocacy Coordinator for the latest updates and news, and check out NPCA's #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign page for resources, materials and more ways to help ensure the Peace Corps has the resources it needs to fuel the next generation of American leadership. Need help getting started? Please contact J.M. Ascienzo, NPCA's government relations officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The future of the Peace Corps is in our hands. #ProtectPeaceCorps
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 email@example.com. 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!