Support NPCA in our Year-end Campaign
Please consider a gift to NPCA this giving season. In doing so, you help us, help our community connect, share best practices, and amplify our collective social impact. There is no better way to spread Peace Corps ideals than through a gift to NPCA!
What your gifts make possible
Our community-driven approach enables 182 NPCA affiliate groups to better champion their members to act on Peace Corps values across the country. This vast network is a tremendous force for good. Whether helping resettle refugees, cleaning up park trails, speaking in schools, or advocating for public policy, our community represents the best of America.
How you made it happen
NPCA builds the capacity of affiliate groups to do what they do best - champion causes at the grassroots level. We provide affiliate groups with the support and services they need to thrive - access to a modern community builder membership platform, group leadership forums and webinars, and small grants that serve to heighten community engagement.
Why your support is vital
In an increasingly divided America, now is the time to act on our Peace Corps values. NPCA must expand support to our community members and new affiliate groups to better enable them to champion the Third Goal. That means hiring dedicated staff to work with affiliate groups, holding more training webinars and events, and dispersing more capacity-building grants.
Give today and help NPCA advance our collective mission!
(Please consider a gift from your affiliate group as well as sharing the above message with your members. Thank you!)
NPCA Virtual Town Halls
We invite all groups to attend one or more of our Virtual Town Halls, a great opportunity to network with other groups. Share tips and challenges related to managing a your affiliate group, followed by plenty of time for Q&A. NPCA staff and board members will be on hand to update you on resources that are available for you and respond to your questions. All Town Halls begin at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Register for your Town Hall using the appropriate link below, then share your activities and challenges to help us best prepare and respond. Questions? Contact Mariko Schmitz, your Affiliate Group Network Coordinator.
Tuesday, December 4: Cause-related and Affinity Groups
Wednesday, December 5: Geographic Groups
Thursday, December 6: Country of Service Groups
Welcome, RPCVs in Libraries, Museums and Archives!
Congratulations and welcome to RPCVs in Libraries, Museums and Archives as our newest addition to the NPCA affiliate group family!
The group has been organized as the ISLD - International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group within the American Library Association (ALA) since 1999. Their primary constituency is RPCVs who have established and/or worked in libraries, museums or archives in developing areas of the world. They are interested in supporting community-based projects and connecting with like-minded individuals and affiliate groups to assist with the development of sustainable libraries in developing areas of the world.
World Connect Grant Applications due December 2
From our friends at World Connect:
It is with great excitement that we invite RPCVs to apply for grants and project support from World Connect!
World Connect believes development must come from local ideas, action, and leadership. The more authentic development efforts are, the more effective and sustainable they are. There was approximately $150B in global development aid disbursed in 2016, with less than 1% going directly to local leaders. Now more than ever, we must speak up, advocate for and champion initiatives developed by local leaders and communities themselves.
World Connect is currently inviting applications from RPCVs for projects both internationally in former host communities/countries and domestically in the United States.
For international projects, see the Grant Application Guidelines here. RPCVs should select "Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV)" at the World Connect partnership screening page and then create an account in our system. Applications should be completed in conversation and partnership with former host community/country partners, with RPCVs listed as the Established Field Partner.
For domestic projects, please email email@example.com for a copy of the grant application materials and guidance. Find examples of World Connect domestic grants projects at on our website at: (https://www.worldconnect-us.org/projects/country/country/United%20States).
The grant application deadline for both international and domestic projects is Sunday, December 2.
Our shared progress and future require partnerships, global focus, the sustained commitment of local leadership, and effective advocates and champions. World Connect is enthusiastic about this call to action, and we hope you will join us.
Nominations Open for 2019 Awards
We had an outstanding group of award winners for 2018. Please help us identify our 2019 honorees! Nomination forms are now available on the NPCA website for the following annual awards:
- The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award honors an outstanding global leader who grew up and continues to live in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served and whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps. (Nomination deadline: December 21, 2018)
- The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service honors 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 will bring about significant long-term change. (Nomination deadline: February 28, 2019)
- The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service honors outstanding affiliate groups for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service. (Nomination deadline: March 29, 2019)
Read about the awards and the past winners and download nomination materials from our Awards page.
Welcome your new Divisional Board Directors!
Congratulations to the newest members of the NPCA Board of Directors, elected to represent the following constituencies:
- Nikole Allen - Northeast U.S.
- Edward van Luinen - MidAtlantic and Nationwide U.S.
- Elizabeth Genter-Barrett - Europe, North and East Africa
- Mariko Schmitz - Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
Meet the full Board of Directors.
Please extend a welcome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and email@example.com (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator), then the director for your division: