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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 rblossfeld@gmail.com.

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 groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.

 


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

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.


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.


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 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 deposits were made by October 17 to cover membership payments in September 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 database 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. 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

Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs - Wednesday, November 15 at 8 pm Eastern (register)

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

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.

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 Potluck (Hilo, HI; Oct 27; Glenn Blumhorst)

RPCV Potluck (Kona, HI; Oct 29; Glenn Blumhorst)

Peace Corps Iran Association conference (Annapolis, MD; Oct 29-31; Glenn Blumhorst, Jonathan Pearson)

Central Arkansas Meet & Greet (Little Rock, AR; Nov 4; Glenn Blumhorst)

NW Arkansas Meet & Greet (Fayetteville, AR; Nov 5; Glenn Blumhorst)

Oklahoma Meet & Greet (Norman, OK; Nov 11; 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

  • Contact Rachel to champion NPCA on #GivingTuesday

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

Ukraine - contact Kevin at rblossfeld@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!