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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 groups@peacecorpsconnect.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 groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.

 

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 jm@peacecorpsconnect.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 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!

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

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 will be able to 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 deposit was made on August 15 to cover membership payments in July 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 new 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. With the new platform and new look, some of those messages may be overlooked.  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

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

A full schedule through the fall will be published here shortly.

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.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Ella on the Community Builder platform when she's in DC Sept. 15-19.

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

RPCV Meet and Greet (Sarasota, FL; Sept. 1) - Glenn Blumhorst

Guatemala RPCV Reunion (Clearwater, FL; Sept. 2 - 4) - Glenn Blumhorst

 

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

Groups that are forming

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

Zambia - contact Joe Ford at jmf704@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!