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Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting 2019

Only a few days away, this is THE meeting for the year! A great opportunity to network with other affiliate group leaders, share resources and learn about new opportunities to help your group thrive.

All are welcome. Each NPCA affiliate group can designate one voting delegate to vote on any business coming up at the meeting. (Note: we are working on some new business for a vote.... stay tuned!)

Registration is still open! Sign up soon and get excited for this great event!

We are so excited to see you in Austin, TX on Friday, June 21 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm. Register for Peace Corps Connect and the AGNAM here.

 


Discuss Opportunities for Online Growth at PCC with Ella

Meet with Ella, NPCA's Community Technology Systems Coordinator, at Peace Corps Connect to learn more about NPCA's Community Building Platform!

NPCA’s Community Building Platform is an online association management system that was designed specifically for NPCA’s affiliate groups and offers most of the tools group leaders need to run their group including a website, membership database, fundraising and payment processing center, communications tools, events calendar, and much, much more!

Schedule a time to meet with Ella here.

 


Special Request from Peace Corps Community for Refugees

Greetings, NPCA Affiliate Groups,


We also are among the 230,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers who have experience all over the world. We have all lived in other cultures and know some of the challenges faced by many people and countries.

Looming larger and larger every year is the volume of people who leave their homes as refugees—many who seek refuge in their own country, and an increasing number who become international refugees. A small group of RPCV’s created PeaceCorpsCommunity4Refugees a few years ago, and the challenges we face are continually increasing.

We are working to assist and aid refugees and impact our national policies on refugees and immigration. We are looking for people in ALL states who can be contacted when important refugee and immigration-related issues arise in our Congress or in local and state governments.

We are also eager to learn of local or state-wide issues about immigrants and refugees that local RPCV’s might address or impact through our involvement. We ask that you and others in your group add your names to our informational resources by (1) adding free membership in Peace Corps Community for Refugees to your NPCA membership profiles, or (2) sending me a list of names and addresses to be added automatically.


Most appreciatively,


Richard MacIntyre, Advocacy Coordinator
Peace Corps Community for Refugees
RPCV, Korea

 

Contact:
Macinmaine1@gmail.com
www.PCC4Refugees.org


Nominations Open for Our 40 Under Forty Initiative!

The NPCA is excited to announce our 40 Under 40 initiative to highlight the accomplishments of some of our currently serving and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). As you know, our RPCVs are often leaders in their community who deserve to be recognized for their contributions, not only to their local community, but to the Peace Corps community at large.

We would like to invite each affiliate group to share this information with their communities and encourage members to nominate deserving individuals. Affiliate groups as a whole are welcome to nominate people as well!

In order to be eligible for the nomination, nominees must: 1) Be under the age of 40 by June 1, 2019 ; 2) Have made a positive contribution to their community, professional field, country, or humanitarian cause; and 3) Be a Returned or currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer, or substantially contributed to the Peace Corps Community.

We would like to thank you in advance of any nominations, and we look forward to hearing about the wonderful contributions from members in each of your communities.

 

The deadline for all nominations is August 16, 2019.

 


Is your Group Re-affiliated for 2019?

The deadline has passed but we are still accepting any and all re-affiliation reports! Hurry up and get your information submitted so we don't have to track you down!

  1. Decide on ONE group officer to submit re-affiliation for your group
  2. Submit your annual report highlighting your activities and achievements for the past year and include a financial report
  3. Fill out the annual reaffiliation form

Re-affiliation Deadline:  ASAP!!

Need some guidance?

Questions? Contact us at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.


New Group Launches Online!

Congratulations to the latest groups to launch on NPCA's Community Builder Platform:

RPCV's of Colorado connect returned volunteers to one another, to their local community, and to the world for continued service, outreach, and support. They work to provide grants to currently serving PCVs, promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans through partnerships with other organizations, and celebrate the Peace Corps experience through various social gatherings.

 


Congratulations to the 2019 Ruppe Award Winners

NPCA is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2019 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service are the New York City Peace Corps Association (NYCPCA) and Peace Corps Iran Association (PCIA).

Named for the widely admired 10th Director of the Peace Corps, the annual Loret Miller Ruppe Award is presented to outstanding affiliate groups for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service.

Driven by their commitment to the Peace Corps’ Third Goal and guided by strong leadership, both NYCPCA and PCIA demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness not only for an NPCA affiliate group, but for any organic community organization.

Learn More

 


Thank You for Supporting Peace Corps

With record-breaking signatures on the House Dear Colleague letter (181 signatures) and the Senate Dear Colleague letter (41 signatures), a combined 222 lawmakers, representing 41 percent of Congress (also a new record), demonstrated strong support for the Peace Corps. With such a high number of signatures, it is more likely that Congress will include an increase in Peace Corps's budget for the 2020 Fiscal Year.

Thank you for the tremendous affiliate group outreach. Your members made a difference!

 


Micro-Loans for your Peace Corps Communities

TCP Global is looking to partner with RPCVs and affiliate groups to share their successful and sustainable micro-loan model to expand the program into your country.
 

How It Works

Using the TCP Global model, loans are administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities identify effective organizations and, assisted by TCP Global, help them establish small, zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan programs to serve communities in perpetuity. By increasing the income of their clients, TCP Global partners find they are able to better achieve their primary mission goals. In addition to providing the entrepreneurs an alternative to exorbitant interest rates charged by daily lenders, TCP Global also strengthens the grassroots partner by providing them a steady revenue stream of interest earnings, which they can use to fund community projects.
 

What You Can Expect

TCP Global is ready to offer micro-loans to RPCVs and "Friends of" groups. It is prepared to share their tools and resources, and to mentor, at no cost, any friends-of-group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country. TCP also does the fundraising through the NPCA Community Fund.

Interested? Contact Helene Dudley

Note for groups in the Americas: Thanks to funding from an anonymous donor and a tentative agreement with the Whole Planet Foundation, TCP Global has matching funds for a pilot program. Contact Helene for more information.

Learn More


Here are your Divisional Board Directors!

Please reach out to the director in your division and add them to your email distribution list. In fact, you may already have them on your list, as we transfer the permanent emails as directors change. Add groups@peacecorpsconnect.org (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and npcaglf@peacecorpsconnect.org (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, Mariko Schmitz), then the director for your division:

Meet the full Board of Directors.


Update Your Group Profile

NPCA's online Affiliate Group Directory is a great way for potential new members to find and learn more about your group! Visit it here, find your group, and if needed, make updates. Watch the video below to learn how. 

 

Recent Webinars

April 17: Establish a Micro-loan Program through TCP Global

April 24: NPCA Virtual Town Hall

Have a topic to suggest? Want to lead a webinar? Contact NPCA.

NPCA Staff Calendar

We love meeting all groups at events. Do you have one coming up that you'd like one of us to attend? Drop us a quick invitation!

Be sure to add your group events to the community calendar!

Groups that are forming

North and/or South Dakota - contact Tammie Harris at DakotaRPCVs@gmail.com

Need some help forming a group or recruiting members? Contact us!

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Jake Strickler at jake.strickler@gmail.com

Do you need some assistance getting your group up and running? Contact us!

Contact Us

Affiliate Group inquiries: Anne Baker at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org

NPCA's Community Builder Platform: Ella Dowell at NPCAGroupWebsites@
peacecorpsconnect.org