Events

Events

  • Join us for a discussion about taking advantage of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program! see more

    When you are ready to go to graduate school, the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

     

    Come join NorCalPCA, Peace Corps, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies for a discussion about taking advantage of the Paul D. Coverdale Fellows Program, which provides support to RPCVs seeking a graduate degree.

     

    URL to join the webinar

  • Join NOVA RPCV and RPCV/W for a pleasant afternoon on the lake see more

    Please join NOVA RPCV and the RPCV/W Hikes
     group for a kayaking adventure at
    Occoquan Regional Park on Saturday, 
    October 19th from 2-4 PM. 
    The address for Occoquan Regional Park
    is 9751 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA 22079. 
    We will meet at the boat rental area at 2 PM. 
    Kayak rentals are $13.00 per hour for
     a single kayak and $16.00 per hour 
    for a 2 person kayak. We will kayak 
    for approximately 2 hours on the lake. 
    Please RSVP on the NOVA RPCV website. 
    We will only be able to accommodate
    15 people maximum so it is first come first serve.
    Following the kayaking we will meet 
    in the town of the Occoquan for a happy hour. 
    Email any questions to Elaine Staab, Social Events, 
    NOVA RPCV at Elaine.staab@lcps.org
    
  • Webinar for Those Interested in Assisting Refugees in Greece see more

    Interested in providing assistance to refugees on the island of Lesvos, Greece?  

    Dial into this live webinar to find out about the situation in Lesvos and hear a brief history of how PCC4Refugees became involved in assisting NGOs working with refugees on Lesvos.  Volunteers associated with the PCC4Refugees program will also provide some general information about the NGOs involved in the project and more specific information about the cost of accommodations and food on the island. The webinar will also include a Q&A session to answer questions about the project.

    Please review the website prior to the webinar for more background information on the project and a list of the NGOs seeking assistance:

     

    https://pcc4refugees-npca.silkstart.com/cpages/aid-refugees-overseas

  • Come beekeeping with RPCV Noah Brod and volunteer at the Alameda Collaborative farm for a morning.  see more

    Come beekeeping with RPCV Noah Brod and volunteer at the Alameda Collaborative farm for an afternoon.   

     

    The Alameda Point Collaborative is a supportive housing community that uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  They are the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County, and offer a wide range of services give residents the tools they need for long-term success.

     

    One of the services that APC offers is a small, diversified working farm that produces thousands of pounds of sustainably grown produce each year. They are a social enterprise of Alameda Point Collaborative and use their passion for food and the environment to support APC residents as they move toward economic self-sufficiency and greater health and wellness. Proceeds from the CSA (community supported agriculture) program and other sales activities are pumped back into APC’s programs and activities for its resident community.

     

    This is a HONEY HARVEST! Come prepared to get sticky! Noah will be giving a honey harvesting lesson and a variety of alternative (non-bee-related) farm tasks are also available for those that would like to keep their distance.

     

    Note: While bee stings are rare in general, they are more likely to occur during a honey harvest.  Last year there were 7 stings over the course of the entire day. 

    If you would like to work with the bees you are encouraged to wear light-colored clothing, close-toed shoes, and long sleeves, and pants.  You should also avoid strong smelling lotions, perfumes, or colognes.  We have ~5 veils, suits and gloves to share (which is about the maximum number we should have in the yard at a time) and will do our best to rotate people in and out.
     

    The farm is open for working until 2:30, and we will be harvesting/filtering/bottling honey from our 9 hives between 9:00AM until 3:00PM. 
     

    To save time, those interested can fill out the following waiver from APC online before arrival. 

     

    Contact:

    Noah Brod

    Noah@norcalpca.org

  • Join us for a full day of programming by and about the Peace Corps experience! see more

    On September 22nd, the Peace Corps community will be center stage for the opening of the REACH living theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Hosted by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC (RPCV/W), and the REACH, the day's events will feature a full day of programming by and about the Peace Corps experience, including a conceptual presentation of the new Peace Corps Place and the premiere of A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps documentary. Bring your family, friends, and community members to learn about the Peace Corps!

     

    Learn More / Event Website

    Passes

    In order to participate, you need to secure free, timed-entry tickets. Your pass grants timed entry into the REACH campus at the Kennedy Center—to explore and enjoy the outdoor and indoor spaces. However entry is based on space availability.

    We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot. If capacity has been reached for your time slot before you arrive, you may have to wait in a stand-by line. In addition, passes do not guarantee entry to specific performances or events. All performances and events are first-come, first-served general admission until venue capacity has been reached. There is a 6 pass limit per order. Passes are also available by phone at (202) 467-4600 or in person at the Box Office.

    NOTE: If passes appear to be "Sold Out," please continue to check the Kennedy Center's website as tickets are being released on a rolling basis.

    Morning Session (10:00 am)
     

    Afternoon Session (1:30 pm)

     

    Evening Session (5:30 pm)

     


     

    Learn More / Event Website

  • Manage and develop your career! see more

    This workshop is an opportunity to talk with other returned Peace Corps volunteers about managing and developing your career. Bring your questions, your hopes and dreams, doubts and worries, and that which calls to you. We will focus on asking questions and exploring your personal options, for example:

    • What exactly do we mean by “career”;
    • What are some strategies for seeking a promotion;
    • How can changing one’s job or even career be more of an asset and less a
    • liability;
    • Is being self-employed a job or ones career?

    We will work together to define specific approaches and action plans, and provide tools and strategies as needed.

     

    Registration: Though free, registration is required to reserve your place — there is a limit of 15 participants. Fill out this form to register. 

    Transportation: Hesperian is a five minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Note: Downtown Berkeley street parking is very challenging and strictly metered. There are convenient parking garages nearby.

     

    Workshop facilitator: Jerry Garfield, MSW

    Organization consultant and career coach, Jerry served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher-trainer in South India, and as a Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Training Officer for South India and Western Samoa. He has enjoyed five careers and been employed by and consulted to non-profits, private corporations, and government institutions, leading to 25 years as an organization consultant, leadership/management coach, and career coach. For five years, Jerry provided career coaching throughout Northern California with the State’s Employment Development Department.  

     

  • Join RPCVs for a day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity! see more

    We need 10 volunteers for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build. Please sign up by providing your name and email address below. Habitat for Humanity will provide waivers for all volunteers when the date approaches, so we will need to contact you prior to the event.

     

    NOTE: You must sign up here so we can send you the Habitat for Humanity waiver prior to volunteering.

  • Volunteer to table and join the parade! see more

     

    NCPCA is celebrating Durham Pride this year by marching in the parade and tabling at the festival.

    Sign up to staff the table for this Third Goal activity! Share your Peace Corps story and photos, and collect contact info of prospective applicants that we’ll pass along to area recruiters. March in the parade to show solidarity with our Triangle LGBTQ community and to promote the NCPCA! 

    We will have a Peace Corps banner that two people can easily carry in the parade as well as a few extra Peace Corps t-shirts folks could borrow for the parade (size medium or large). Otherwise, wear your best Peace Corps or Pride shirts and bring a flag from your country of service for the parade! 

    We'll update parade line-up details here, but the parade starts at 11 am.

     

     

     

  • Connect with other Recently Returned RPCVs! see more

    Have recently returned from Peace Corps service? You are invited to NorCalPCA's annual Recently Returned Thanksgiving!

    Come enjoy an early Thanksgiving with other recently returned Volunteers for a day of socializing, networking, readjustment activities and discussion, and overview of NorCalPCA's readjustment services and resources. The day will conclude with a traditional, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. Participants may bring beverages to share (wine, beer, eggnog, etc.).

    Those interested in participating must RSVP by emailing Holly@NorCalPCA.org their COS (Country of Service) and COS (Close of Service) date.

    As the event takes place at NorCalPCA members Paul Reinhart and Susan Sumner's house, space is limited to 30 participants. Priority will be given to RPCVs that returned in the last 18 months (May 2017 and later).

    The address to Paul and Susan's home in Mountain View will be emailed to participants at least one week before the event.

    If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Holly Uber at the above email address.

  • Help us sell International Calendars to fund our worthy projects and talk about Peace Corps at this popular Fair Trade sale. Contact Troy Rutter <txrutter@att.net> to sign up for a shift.

    Find more information on the Fair Trade Sale here

  • Listen to and vote on presentations to receive grants from calendar sales see more

    We hold two Giftaway programs each  year, one in October and the other in April, to distribute money from the sales of our International Calendars. At this event, up to $2,500 / grant may be requested by group members for work on specific projects. Donees give a presentation on their work, which is then scored and funds allocated fairly.

    Details on the grant process can be found at our website. For questions, contact the Giftaway Coordinator, Walt Zeltner, at <membership@rpcvmadison.org>.

  • Bringing RPCV Advocacy Action to the Environment: Citizens' Climate Lobby and Congress see more

    Join us for this NPCA-supported webinar to the community. Invite your group members who are concerned about climate change or want to know more about the topic. The link is below.

    Hosted by: RPCVs for Environmental Action - Brady Fergusson and Kate Schachter

    Presented by: Brett Cease, CCL Volunteer Education and Engagement Coordinator

    Description: This webinar is a discussion of our work with Citizens' Climate Lobby and their laser-focused effort to combat climate change through legislative action in the U.S. Congress. The House bill is H.R.763, and is known as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). Get an overview of other carbon reduction legislative acts that are underway, for example, the Green New Deal and its variations. How can RPCV individuals and groups get involved? Why should we?


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  • NC PCA hosts a showing of "A Towering Task, The Story of the Peace Corps." see more

    Meet us at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Raleigh for a movie night: the first southeast U.S. showing of "A Towering Task, The Story of the Peace Corps," with a reception preceding the film from 6pm - 7pm. The screening starts promptly at 7, with no late admittance. This event is sponsored as a community service by the North Carolina Peace Corps Association.

    NCPCA's mission is to increase awareness of the Peace Corps and its Third Goal: To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

    NO ADMISSION CHARGE*

    Check out the exciting menu featuring snacks, full meals, a variety of beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol), and vegan options. 

    RSVP is required; seating is limited!

    *Please note:

    • Reception begins at 6 PM inside Theater 1. Film starts promptly at 7. Please come and enjoy a beverage and snacks served to you in a comfy recliner seat! A 20% tip will be added to your tab automatically and we are asking that each attendee spend a minimum of $10 to help defray the costs of hosting the event.
    • No outside food or beverages permitted per theater policy.
    • No admission to the theater after the film starts - please arrive no later than 7pm.
    • The theater of the screening has a few handicap seats available - please contact NCPCA if you need accommodation.

     

  • Save the date and come help represent NOVA RPCV and the Peace Corps at the Festival
    see more

    The Annual Reston Multicultural Festival celebrates the diversity of many cultures found in our area.  Everyone shares music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural trinkets from around the world.  The Northern Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers organization is hosting a booth at the festival to promote cross-cultural understanding and encourage community involvement. 

    Come and participate in this Third Goal activity and represent the Peace Corps experience to visitors including adults and children. During the day there is a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, singing and dancing entertainment from various cultures, organization booths representing diverse cultures in the Northern Virginia area and food and crafts from various cultures to purchase.

    There are three volunteer shifts available.  Each shift has a limit of three volunteers because the space is limited for mobility, but please stop by anyway in case we need a stand-in volunteer!

    9:30 am-12:30 pm (includes 90 minutes for booth setup; festival starts at 11)

    *BONUS: You have the opportunity to observe a Naturalization Ceremony during the first shift!

    12:30-3:30 pm

    3:30-6:30 pm (includes 30 minutes for booth breakdown and cleanup; festival ends at 6)

    To sign up for one of the shifts, go to Sign-Up Genius:

     https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044EACAB2DA0FC1-multicultural4

    You will receive a confirmation email from Sign-Up Genius after signing up.

    If you cannot volunteer, come to visit sometime during the day. We would love to have you visit.

     

  • Join the Peace Corps community from across the country to network and engage in keynote speakers, expert panels, interactive sessions, and a whole lot of fun. 

  • Celebrating another year of successful RPCV Madison engagement! see more

    Our annual membership meeting and potluck picnic is one of our key social AND business events! 

    4:00

    Gathering and conversation

    5:00 pm

    Potluck picnic

     

       Bring a dish to pass, preferred beverages, etc.

     

       Paper plates, napkins, forks & spoons provided

    6:00 pm

    Annual General Meeting

     

       Annual report to membership

     

       Elect officers

    7:00 pm Raffle drawing for PCPP grants

     

    The park shelter has picnic tables, electricity, water, bathrooms, playground, soccer & baseball field

     

    Vote for new officers

    Pay your membership dues

    Buy 2020 calendars, etc.

    Eat great food

    Catch up with friends

    Buy poster sets

    Breathe fresh air

    Have some fun!

  •  We, the Board, entertain our Sustainer Members, every year with a sumptuous brunch. This year it is  on Sunday, December 8 .   For those who want to become a Sustainer please add to your membership plan. 

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