President Trump’s "skinny" budget proposal requested drastic cuts of 31 percent to the International Affairs budget, which includes the Peace Corps. While funding for the Peace Corps is not specifically referenced, it could face disproportionate cuts when the full budget is released later this spring.
NPCA's #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign is mobilizing our community to secure no less than level funding of $410 million for the Peace Corps and $60 billion for the International Affairs budget. Get involved.
Call Congress - Urge their Support for International Affairs and Peace Corps
Right now is a critical moment to urge Congress to protect our International Affairs, which includes Peace Corps and its partners. Tell lawmakers to protect this vital investment in our nation’s security and economic interests.
Important reminder: Stay on the line after the first office hangs up. You'll be automatically connected to the next office.
Here’s what to say:
Hi, my name is [FIRST AND LAST NAME] and I’m your constituent in [CITY, STATE]. (I served our country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in [COUNTRY].) I’m calling today because I’m very concerned about enormous 31% cuts to the International Affairs Budget.
These cuts could directly impact the Peace Corps' budget, the budgets of its partners, including PEPFAR and USAID, and the development and diplomacy fields through which many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers continue to serve America and the world.
With all of the global challenges facing America today we need strong and effective development and diplomacy programs to help keep America safe, boost job creation in [STATE], and uphold our humanitarian values.
That is why the International Affairs Budget enjoys strong support from the business, military, faith-based, and NGO communities across the country as well as bipartisan support in Congress.
I strongly urge [LAWMAKER] to work with the Appropriations Committee to ensure $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget and oppose any cuts.
Email Congress to Sign "Dear Colleague Letter" on Peace Corps Funding by March 24.
Does your Representative still need to sign? Find out.
Attend a district office meeting or town hall, or join your Member of Congress for coffee. Want to organize an event and need help? Email us.
Promote Peace Corps through Media
Congress pays attention to local media. Help put Peace Corps on the front pages, on the airwaves and all over social media.
Find an Event
NPCA's Advocacy Coordinators, Affiliate Groups and community leaders are engaging Congress at the local level through district meetings, town halls, letter-writing happy hours, phone-a-thons, and more. Click on an event below to sign up orcontact us to organize one! (Events marked in red have already been held)
The Town Hall Project tracks town halls and other events with Members of Congress across the country. Check for an upcoming event near you, and organize a group of RPCVs and Peace Corps supporters to attend and speak up on behalf of Peace Corps! And let us know so we can map it!
Promote Peace Corps through Media
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Social media is an easy, effective way to spread our message on the value of the Peace Corps.
United States Global Leadership Coalition - NPCA is a proud partner of USGLC, America's leader in advocating for International Affairs. Explore USGLC's resources to see how International Affairs benefits America, the world and every state. #AmericaLeads
No. This campaign is aimed at Members of Congress.
Furthermore, this campaign will be effective if Members of Congress are engaged in a constructive way. Demonstrating the positive impact of the Peace Corps, especially of its contributions to American national security and our economy, is most likely to result in a positive outcome. Stay on message, be persistent, be empathetic, and be positive.
What can I do if my Representatives are already supporters of the Peace Corps?
Turn them into champions! Ask them to enlist their colleague’s support or speak at a public forum to the importance of the Peace Corps.
Turn your attention to mobilizing others in your network to join the #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign.
Who are third-party validators, and why is it so important to enlist them in our advocacy efforts?
Third-party validators are individuals or institutions outside of the Peace Corps community that can speak to the value of the Peace Corps on your behalf. For example, faith-based leaders, elected officials, workplace supervisors, and immigrant services organizations are all examples of third-party validators.
Third-party validators tend to command the attention of Members of Congress. Advocacy on their part, whether it comes in the form of a letter, phone call, Op-Ed or Letter-to-the-Editor, face-to-face meeting or more, can have great impact on Members of Congress.
My network has competing advocacy priorities. How can I encourage them to prioritize advocating for the Peace Corps?
For district office meetings, see if your delegation would be OK with presenting three issues to your Member that you all agree on, one of them being the Peace Corps.
If they have another top priority, recommend that they prioritize advocating for the Peace Corps at critical moments.
Not all advocacy takes up an afternoon. Calling or writing letters or emails to Members can take anywhere from two minutes to thirty minutes. And it could mean one more Volunteer has the opportunity to serve.
Others in my network care about this issue but don’t have the time. What can they do?
Call lawmakers, write letters or emails, spread the word on social media, and/or donate.
I’m new at this or need help and I’m not anywhere near an Affiliate Group or an Advocacy Coordinator, but want to more than just call, write emails or letter. What can I do?
Whether you’re interested in finding other RPCVs near you to organize a meeting, promoting the Peace Corps in your community, or hosting a phone-a-thon, we’re here to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started.
Our Affiliate Group, 501(c)(3) or community organization is hesitant to “advocate” or “lobby.” Can we do this?
Absolutely! Participating in a representative democracy is what democracy is all about. If your organization is a 501(c)(3), the only limitation is ensuring that a “substantial” part of its overall budget is not spent on advocacy activities. Learn more here.