Welcome to our Newest Group
The Executive Committee of the NPCA Board of Directors approved one new group in December, bringing our total to 176!
RPCV Oral History Archive Project
Vision: Preserve the legacy of Peace Corps as experienced and articulated by individual Peace Corps Volunteers
Mission: To find and interview all returned Peace Corps Volunteers about their intercultural service experiences and deposit the recordings in the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library.
The RPCV Oral History Project began in 1999 and RPCVs have been interviewed since then. The Project was founded by Robert Klein, Ghana I, following the 35th anniversary of Peace Corps. All oral history interviews are with RPCVs or Peace Corps staff who talk about their lives before, during and to some extent after Peace Corps service. We are preserving the history and legacy of PCVs and the work they do in international development. Our recordings document data for all three Peace Corps goals, but most importantly they support the Third Goal. Since the inception of the Project in 1999, over 620 interview have been captured and are part of the National Archives housed in the John F Kennedy Library.
Learn more and contact them via our Affiliate Group Directory.
And on a related note, congratulations to First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (FCRPCV), who just launched their new website on NPCA's Community Building Platform (SilkStart)! Check out their new website here. Learn more about NPCA's Community Building Platform here.
Register for our Free January Webinars!
Partnering with Hostelling International USA
Wednesday, January 10 at 8 pm Eastern
NPCA partners with Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) to provide programming, facilities and opportunities to fulfill the missions of both NPCA affiliate groups and HI-USA.
In this webinar, HI-USA will give an overview of their non-profit mission, their hostels, and their signature programs. They will outline how Peace Corps community members can volunteer in their programs, including their Explore the World Travel Scholarship Outreach and Selection Committee, and how affiliate groups can partner with hostels in their local communities.
International Women’s Day 2018: Another Opportunity to Serve
Wednesday, January 31 at 8 pm Eastern
National Peace Corps Association is partnering with the Women of Peace Corps Legacy to bring greater awareness to International Women's Day on March 8, highlighting the contributions women around the world have made to strengthen their communities and countries. Join us on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to share ideas of how you can mobilize your affiliate group to serve on this important date. Also, if your group has been active on previous International Women's Days, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org before the conversation on January 31, 2018.
Discussion will be led by members of Women of Peace Corps Legacy and representatives of affiliate groups. Please join us for this conversation.
Find the 250K Update
We understand supporting communities requires collaboration. Find the 250K is a community-driven initiative to help country affiliate groups build the infrastructure and capacity of their organization to locate all of their RPCVs. Not only are we able to send you a comprehensive list of RPCVs from your country (along with any contact data that we have for those wiling to have it shared), but we are also offering support for database management and membership outreach through our all-in-one web resource, SilkStart.
Missed our “Tips of Trade” project launch? Find the webinar recording and PPT presentation slides here.
Would you like access to your country’s RPCV list? Check out the Find the 250K Toolkit for information about getting started or contact our Community Development Fellow Moriah King at email@example.com.
Catch up with our Updated Resources and Recorded Webinars
Our latest webinar attracted quite a crowd! In case you missed it or any earlier ones, don't fret. Visit our list of webinars with links to recordings and presentation materials. Some of the more popular ones include:
- Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs
- Supporting Women and Girls Around the World
- Engaging your Group in Support of Refugees
- Amazing Technology Resources for your Group
- Legal Considerations 101: Non-profit Status and Tax Filing
2018 Capitol Hill Day of Action - Registration Now Open
No one knows the power of returned Peace Corps Volunteers better than Affiliate Groups. From volunteerism to fundraising, building libraries and schools both at home and abroad, or hosting foreign students and refugees, RPCVs improve communities at home and abroad. Now is the Peace Corps community's opportunity to sign up to tell Congress the power of the Peace Corps!
During NPCA's National Days of Action in Support of the Peace Corps we're holding our annual Capitol Hill Day of Action on March 1, 2018. With supply and demand for volunteers skyrocketing, communities all over the world in need, people-to-people relationships increasingly critical, and an RPCV healthcare bill needing to pass, we need to tell America's lawmakers to prioritize Peace Corps funding and legislation.
Please share this message with your Affiliate Group members and other supporters of the Peace Corps who want to join us on March 1st. Come to lobby for peace and—as many others do—use the rest of your time in our nation's capital to see the sights, connect with friends, or schedule a reunion for your Peace Corps cohort!
Sign up now!
Capitol Hill Day of Action kicks off NPCA's annual Shriver Leadership Summit weekend. Interested in attending? Learn more.
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!
Coming Soon - Affiliate Group Renewal
We'll start the annual group renewal process in January, so stay tuned for instructions. But you can start preparing now. What will you need? If you have an annual report, you're all set. If not, draft a simple narrative report on your activities, achievements, engagement and impact over the last year. If your group handles money, a basic financial report will be needed, too. We'll tell you where to send it to us, but please send it out to your members, too!