About us

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. (RPCV/W) is a member-driven organization committed to the Peace Corps’ Third Goal: Promoting a better understanding of the peoples of the world within our local community. It was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1990. 

Representing more than 4,000 returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Peace Corps staff, Peace Corps families and supporters, RPCV/W is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. It is also one of the most active, holding dozens of local events each year and frequently partnering with nonprofit organizations of all sizes and government agencies on shared initiatives. RPCV/W is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and governed by an elected board of directors.





To foster a collaborative, inclusive, and anti-racist community of RPCVs, family, friends, and supporters in the Washington D.C. area by providing a space for all RPCVs (including Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to engage, develop, support and connect with one another while they adapt to the different phases of life; and to provide professional and personal development and service opportunities for its members to give back to the D.C. community. 


RPCV/W's bylaws outline the rules which are used to govern the internal affairs of the organization. They can be found here.


RPCV/W is not the Peace Corps, nor does it directly donate to overseas Peace Corps programs. For information about Peace Corps, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.

RPCV/W is a Member Group of the National Peace Corps Association. To learn more about the NPCA, visit www.peacecorpsconnect.org.


RPCV/W has issued digital annual reports since 2003.

Every two years, we officially sponsor a grassroots nonprofit that shares our goals and values. We call this program our Partnership for Peace. Our current Partner is Upwardly Global.