Every two years, we officially sponsor a grassroots nonprofit that shares our goals and values. In addition to awarding them a cash grant based on the proceeds of our yearly silent auction, we advertise their events through our social network and help them organize volunteers for their activities.
Applications are handled through an RFP process run by the RPCV/W Vice President, who organizes a subcommittee and chooses three finalists. The finalists are included on the annual ballot for the RPCV/W Board of Directors, which is brought to a vote before the entire RPCV/W Membership, usually in late June.
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Known as the “reverse Peace Corps,” Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations, and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled professionals to address critical social issues. The program promotes a multilateral understanding of nonprofit capacity building and 2006 Atlas Corps has engaged 300+ leaders from 70 countries at 130 Host Organizations in the United States and Colombia. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers can help play an important role in this multilateral exchange as they bring a unique insight on what it’s like to live in a foreign country and to serve for a purpose. Volunteering with Atlas Corps offers the opportunity to continue this service back home while also building an international network of nonprofit leaders.
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Traveling to a new country where you know no one can be a daunting task. Just as your Counterpart was your “first friend in-country,” you too can provide this invaluable support to a fellow by being a Local Ambassador. Each Local Ambassador is paired with an incoming Fellow to help show them the ropes in their new city and have fun. It’s also a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture or even continue practicing a language you picked up in the Peace Corps!
Time Commitment: Flexible, we ask that our ambassadors check in with their Fellow once a month, and could include anything from grabbing a coffee to going to a museum.
The Selection Board is a group of professionals knowledgeable about international exchange and what it takes to be an Atlas Corps Fellow. Volunteers read applications or interview top candidates via Skype to help identify the best fellowship candidates. Serving on the selection board is a great opportunity to continue interacting with, and learning from social sector professionals globally. You would be essential in ensuring that Atlas Corps remains a network of the world's most promising changemakers.
Time Commitment: Selection Board members receive 2 hours of training and devote approximately 10 hours every four months to reading applications or interviewing candidates. You have the flexibility to set your own volunteer schedule within that time frame.
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Liberty’s Promise runs 10 after-school programs of civic engagement in eight locations around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for low-income, high school, immigrant youth. These programs run for 10 weeks in the spring (March-May) and again for 10 weeks in the fall (October-December). We invite guest speakers to our programs to inform students about college options, career opportunities and community involvement. Also, students have the opportunity to bond with their classmates on field trips to historic locations in the area while learning more about their community.
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Total Amount Awarded: $3,500
We targeted our Community Service programming to support the activities of Liberty's Promise, particularly in hosting job-interview and career preparation workshops in Gaithersburg, Tacoma Park, and Rockville communities. See our Facebook page for more pictures.
Language ETC was our Partner in Peace for two years in a row, during which time we were able to award them $6,800 that went toward providing English language learning, access to technology, and life-skill programs to low-income adult immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area. They're based in Columbia Heights and always open to volunteers who want to teach English or life skills in their free time.
Academy of Hope provides high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves the community.
The Latin American Youth Center is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, multi-service agency serving all low-income youth across the District of Columbia and in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.