NPCA Welcomes Three New Affiliate Groups
The Executive Committee of the NPCA Board of Directors approved the applications of three affiliate groups this week, bringing our total number of groups to 173. You can connect to and learn more about all groups on the Affiliate Group Directory. Please join us in welcoming these new groups to the NPCA family:
Friends and RPCVs of Zambia
“Zam Fam” aims to create a community of RPCVs and all other friends of Zambia to foster social and cultural exchange, partner with Peace Corps staff and volunteers to provide information to prospective volunteers, support volunteer projects and circulate information about current events in Zambia, and work towards the long-term development of Zambia by supporting sustainable projects. “Zam fam” just hosted a Zambian Independence Day Celebration and is planning several social activities and opportunities for RPCVs and Zambians to meet and enjoy African culture!
Department of Health and Human Services Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Employee Resource Group
HHS RPCV ERG fosters a sense of community among HHS RPCVs and supports RPCVs and others in carrying out their mission of serving the health of the American people. The purpose of the group is to strengthen personal and professional connections across HHS in order to support those committed to advancing the shared missions of the US Peace Corps and the Department of Health and Human Services. In the future, they hope to hold intra-ERG networking and social events, job fairs, and career mentorship opportunities.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at the Corporation for National and Community Service
RPCVs@CNCS possesses a commitment to Peace Corps ideals and is focused on supporting RPCVs in efforts to create a world that reflects these ideals. The mission of the RPCVs@CNCS group is to facilitate networking opportunities for RPCVs, advocate for the hiring of RPCVs, and facilitate service opportunities. They hope to hold networking events (including panel discussion and brown bag), advocacy events (encouraging RPCVs to continue their public service by seeking employment at CNCS), and service opportunities (through promoting volunteering, specifically on the CNCS day of service).
Webinar: Find those RPCVs!
Wednesday, November 15 at 8 pm Eastern
Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs
Presenters: Moriah King, NPCA Community Organizer Fellow; Tim Resch, President, Friends of Morocco; others TBD
NPCA is committed to helping affiliate groups build out their membership base. Starting with a list (names [First, MI, Last] and dates of service [SOS and COS]) of all who served in Peace Corps in your country of service, what's next? How do you find contact information and reach out to invite them to connect with your community?
In this webinar aimed primarily at country of service affiliate groups, you will hear tips of the trade from those who have been successful in building their membership using just that data.
Did you miss the last webinar on "Supporting Women and Girls Around the World?" The conversation between Jody Olsen (Women of Peace Corps Legacy, an NPCA affiliate group) and Beth Ellen Holimon (Dining for Women) was recorded. View the recording and download the presentation notes here.
Champion your Peace Corps Values on #GivingTuesday
This #GivingTuesday, NPCA would like affiliate groups to sign-up to be our Champion. #GivingTuesday Champion groups commit to getting at least ten members to reach out to their networks on #GivingTuesday (November 28th) to ask people to donate $10 or more to NPCA's Advocacy Fund. Donations to the Advocacy Fund will help us in the fight for a bigger, better Peace Corps in 2018. NPCA is the only organization that represents our community's interests on Capitol Hill all year long, and we must scale up our capacity to successfully advocate for a robust Peace Corps budget. Email Rachel Mannino to learn more.
Affiliate Group Sign-on Letter
We ended up with a total of 106 affiliate groups signing on to the letter to the White House and Office of Management and Budget regarding the Peace Corps' fiscal year 2019 budget request. Thank you!
New groups forming!
Have you noticed the list in the lower right column of this page of groups that are forming and groups recruiting new leadership? Check it out. Do you know people who would be great to help out? Let them know and spread the word!
Here's one such forming group looking for a few good volunteers:
A Ukraine Country of Service affiliate group is forming! With the first full group of PCV's since the program's suspension in 2014 set to close their service in December 2017, the time has come to begin such an organization anew for us to continue living values of our service together. Please help get the news out to interested Ukraine RPCV's. For more information, please contact Kevin Blossfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would your group like to get on one of those lists? Contact us!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!