Make your plans for Peace Corps Connect this July 16-18
The Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) is the crucial network and resource-sharing event of the year! Plan to arrive at Peace Corps Connect (PCC) a little early for the AGNAM on Thursday afternoon, July 16, allowing you to continue networking throughout the weekend. Block the date on your calendar.
Plan your group meeting or reunion around PCC. Let us know your plans and we'll help you with arrangements.
Submit proposals now for the community content you would like to lead. Conference sessions will be centered around the theme of "Cultivating Connections" and will focus on immigrant and refugee perspectives of America, the importance of girls' education, and indigenous peoples’ experiences. Learn more and submit your proposal (deadline: April 2).
Stay tuned for registration to launch in March.
Welcome to our two newest affiliate groups
We are pleased to welcome two new groups to the NPCA affiliate group family:
RPCVs@HRSA is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) employee resource group (ERG) for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and others who have or are interested in working or living abroad. They further the mission of HRSA by recruiting, supporting, and leveraging the unique skills and experiences of RPCVs.
Friends of Vanuatu seeks to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange, projects and activities, and promotion of cultural understanding amongst all persons with a common interest in the country of Vanuatu, and to promote holistic support of U.S. Peace Corps Vanuatu volunteers.
Affiliate Groups Host Community Engagement Webinars
Peace Corps Community for Refugees and International Rescue Committee (IRC) invite you to "An update on the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program: IRC explains where we are and how we can help." Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8 pm Eastern. Learn more and register.
Women of Peace Corps Legacy invites affiliate groups to collaborate with them and with Dining for Women to host a viewing party for a live webcast on International Women's Day, March 8, 2020 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern. The webcast is an educational and entertainment event with inspiring speakers on the climate crisis and how women experience and are addressing it. A call to action will be made for all viewers. Save the date! Details will be updated on the NPCA calendar as they become available.
Ways NPCA Affiliates Can Support Peace Corps
The one big way for groups to support positive Peace Corps legislation, reject legislation to politicize Peace Corps’ independence and increase funding after five years of stagnation? Plan to mobilize for NPCA’s 16th annual National Days of Action in Support of the Peace Corps.
No matter your type of group, here’s three ways you can help:
While activities kick off with a major Capitol Hill Lobby Day on March 5th, our goal is at least one solidarity activity in all fifty states anytime in March or April. Contact our Community Outreach Associate, Arianna Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more details and to coordinate your events. Please include a summary of your top 2019 accomplishments.
Organize a “virtual letter writing gathering” with your members. Or, if you have strong connections with a country’s embassy, we would like to embed embassy representatives to participate in March 5th Capitol Hill meetings. Contact email@example.com if you can help.
Serve your Community as Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
NPCA is seeking individuals to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates with extensive experience in fundraising and/or finance, and who bring new resources, partnerships, and expertise, especially in membership development and non-profit law. Seats up for election in 2020 include:
Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
Member-elected Directors for
Two geographic divisions: Southern Tier, West
One country of service division: Asia and the Pacific
This is a tremendous opportunity to serve your affiliate group community and the broader Peace Corps community.
Learn more and start the process with your expression of interest.
Do you know a Peace Corps Kid?
Julie Early Sifuentes, founder of the affiliate group Peace Corps Kids, is looking for people and families to participate in a book project. Julie, whose father served in Peru in the 1960's and whose mother is Peruvian, started Peace Corps Kids to build community among multicultural people and families who have come together through the Peace Corps experience. So far, the group has members who have family roots in 21 countries.
The book will be a compilation of essays, interviews, and photos that reflect the experiences of multicultural people and families that were born through the Peace Corps experience. You can see some examples of these stories at www.peacecorpskids.com and on Instagram @peacecorpskids.
Please pass this information along to people and families who might be interested and encourage them to participate. You can contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are interested in being part of the project.
Micro-Loans for your Peace Corps Communities
TCP Global is looking to partner with RPCVs and affiliate groups to share their successful and sustainable micro-loan model to expand the program into your country.
How It Works
Using the TCP Global model, loans are administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities identify effective organizations and, assisted by TCP Global, help them establish small, zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan programs to serve communities in perpetuity. By increasing the income of their clients, TCP Global partners find they are able to better achieve their primary mission goals. In addition to providing the entrepreneurs an alternative to exorbitant interest rates charged by daily lenders, TCP Global also strengthens the grassroots partner by providing them a steady revenue stream of interest earnings, which they can use to fund community projects.
What You Can Expect
TCP Global is ready to offer micro-loans to RPCVs and "Friends of" groups, and share their tools, resources, and mentor, at no cost, any friends-of group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country. TCP also does the fundraising through the NPCA Community Fund.
Note for groups in the Americas: Thanks to funding from an anonymous donor and a tentative agreement with the Whole Planet Foundation, TCP Global has matching funds for a pilot program. Contact Helene for more information.
Reach out to the director in your division and add them to your email distribution list. In fact, you may already have them on your list, as we transfer the permanent emails as directors change. Add email@example.com (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and firstname.lastname@example.org (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, to be elected in spring 2020), then the director for your division:
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.