Member Alert

Get involved with Peace Corps Connect

Yes, the idea has been in the works for several months now and RPCV/W was part of the early planning. It hit the doldrums last spring, but now one or the other or both establishments might just come into being. The trigger event is a new website that’s up and running about Peace Corps House: www.peacecorpshouse.org.

The website is designed as an in-depth toolkit for developing a settlement house, also known as a community or neighborhood center. Settlement Houses date back to the late 1880s. With their deep traditions, the 400 American settlement houses really know their work. The motto of Peace Corps House: “Social services, social justice.” 

Shortly after the website went operational Sunday, an RPCV/W member emailed from the site: “I love this idea and I'd love to lend my support how I can.” She then offered to help with grant writing — fundraising!

But beyond that, there’s much more to do. On the site’s navigation bar, click on Specifics and then Summary and Situation Report and read down to Opportunities for local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers?

Above all, use the Contact form to share your input and learn how you can get involved.

And as you may know, any RPCV/W board member may form a committee or enlist volunteers for group business. It’s the old Ross Perot rule: “When you need a job done, you get together a small team and go with them all the way!” 

The coming together of such an initial core group is the next trigger event that will actually jump-start Peace Corps House. Because the task at hand, the first order of business, is to raise the consulting fee of $7,500 for the initial feasibility study. Then we can move ahead.

Again, it’s local RPCVs working with the local community who will make Peace Corps House happen.

 

Tom Hebert, Nigeria 1962–64, is the leading proponent behind Peace Corps House, a partnership with neighborhood and civic leaders and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) living in the Washington D.C. area to establish a community settlement house an an appropriate site. The Peace Corps House would operate as a non-governmental organization as an IRS non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Peace Corps House would thus be independent of the Peace Corps and entirely self-supported through its own fundraising. Read the Proposal here and RPCV/W's endorsement here. Tom welcomes feedback, questions and volunteer offers. He can be contacted at: tlhmavrick@gmail.com

  

Member Alert

Get involved with Peace Corps Connect


The Peace Corps Connect National Conference is coming up, and we're calling on our members to help with final preparations.

There are lots of ways to help! If you are part a particular country or affiliate group, you can organize a reunion get-together and post it as a Member Led Event so it appears on our website. Volunteer to help run PCC and receive special access. Finally, if you're really feeling generous, you can offer lodging to a visiting RPCV looking for a place to stay.

Be sure to register if you haven't already and bookmark the official schedule page for the latest event info. Finally, if you work for a company that would be interested in sponsoring the event, you can check out their sponsorship information.

We can't wait to see you there!

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We have 3 official events and 4 member-led events coming up

View past events or contact us to send an event suggestion
  • Clean up the Anacostia River while kayaking on one of the last glorious days of summer!

    RPCV/W will help Boating In DC and the American Canoe Association with their ongoing effort to collect trash floating along the river and by the boathouse. This activity will be guided and includes a safety orientation.

    Spots for this event are limited. Sign up now! The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, September 14th.

    Brunch option: We will grab some food at a neighbouring restaurant afterwards. More information is included in the auto-response email sent to your inbox when you RSVP.

  • Peace Corps Headquarters will play host to hundreds of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers during the East Coast National RPCV Career Conference in Washington, DC from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Thursday, September 22, 2016. To welcome home our RPCV’s from the field and help them practice their elevator pitches, we'll be holding a networking Happy Hour Event at Front Page. Please join us on Tuesday,September 20th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Front Page located at 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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  • Wednesday, September 21 - 09:00 AM through September 25, 2016

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    The Peace Corps Connect National Conference will be held in Washington, DC this year. We encourage all RPCV/W members to participate in the events of the weekend. Discounts are available for RPCV/W Members, senior citizens and RPCVs who COS'd within the last 2 years.

    Click the RSVP button below to receive an email with these promotional codes and directions to register. Many individuals and groups will take this opportunity to plan their own gatherings around the larger conference. Click here to post your event to our website as a Member Led Event. 

    Here are the complete details, from the NPCA's website:

    Peace Corps Beyond — September 21-25, 2016

    Peace Corps Connect is the Peace Corps community’s annual conference hosted by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and its affiliate groups to connect, engage and inspire our community.

    At this year’s conference – Peace Corps Beyond – we look forward to celebrating 55 years of Peace Corps and the limitless potential of our community to continue to create change.The conference will highlight work being done by our community members and partner organizations and explore how, through increased collaboration, we can continue to champion Peace Corps ideals.

    Event Details

    International Day of Peace Film Screening 

    The Peace Corps community plays a leading role in fostering global peace. Attend this film screening on the Eritrean refugee crisis, followed by a discussion with the America Team for Displaced Eritreans to learn more about the issues and how you can get involved.
    Location: Washington, DC
    Date: September 21, 2016
    Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Stories of Peace – A Workshop Series 

    RPCVs have some of the most compelling and inspiring stories. Sign up for this series of workshops to learn how to find, craft and share your story. You will participate in a workshop on Spoken Word Storytelling, a workshop led by John Coyne of Peace Corps Writers and a panel discussion from published RPCV authors.
    Location: Washington, DC
    Date: September 21, 2016
    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

    Join hundreds of fellow RPCVs and Peace Corps supporters on Capitol Hill to advocate for a bigger, better Peace Corps. Meet with your Members of Congress and share why Peace Corps matters.
    Location: Capitol Hill
    Date: September 22, 2016
    Time: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

    Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting

    Leaders of NPCAs 150+ affiliate groups gather for an afternoon of networking and exchanging best practices that serve to strengthen our community.
    Location: TBD (Washington, DC)
    Date: September 22, 2016
    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Peace Corps Connect Conference Sessions – View program here

    Participate in a leadership summit to explore the Peace Corps community’s response to key UN Sustainable Development Goals. Join over 1,000 members of the Peace Corps community as we hear from leaders in the field and participate in breakout sessions and workshops to delve deeper into your interests.
    Location: 
    George Washington University in Washington, DC
    Date: 
    September 23-24, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

    NPCA Walk for Peace

    Show your Peace Corps pride! Join thousands of RPCVs and Peace Corps supporters as they run or walk in solidarity with Peace Corps ideals. This is a non-competitive event – all abilities and ages are welcome!
    Location: Walking route through downtown Washington, DC
    Date: September 25, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Save the date! Registration will open shortly.


    Ways to Volunteer


     Use our Member Led Events page to plan your own event to coincide with the conference. Click the RSVP button below to receive an email with discount code information! After you get the code, visit the registration page to buy your ticket.


     

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Member-Led Events

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