Letters to the President and presidential candidates
Thank you! We had a record number of affiliate groups signing onto the letter to the President this year. A total of 124 group representatives signed the letter, representing more than 68,000 of their members. That's a new record, surpassing the 115 group signatures collected in 2013.
We are very pleased to welcome Central Oklahoma Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as NPCA's newest affiliate group. The group is dedicated to spreading the word about Peace Corps, supporting recruitment efforts, serving their community, and seeking new opportunities to support the Peace Corps' 3rd goal. They also seek to welcome new RPCVs to the area and assist their transition.
We also welcome the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Peace Corps Work Group as an NPCA affiliate group. The CDC PCWG's mission is to advocate for and promote collaboration between the CDC and the Peace Corps in order to advance the strengthening of health systems at the community, district, county and global levels by bringing the unique perspective of Peace Corps Volunteers to program planning, implementation and evaluation; and to build a strategic relationship in furtherance of the goals of Peace Corps and the vision of CDC (healthy people in a healthy world, through prevention).
Julie Early Sifuentes, founder of the affiliate group Peace Corps Kids is looking for people and families to participate in a book project. Julie, whose father served in Peru in the 1960s and whose mother is Peruvian, started the affiliate group Peace Corps Kids one year ago. The group is building community among multicultural people and families who have come together through the Peace Corps experience. The group has grown really fast with members who have family roots in 21 countries so far.
The book will be a compilation of essays, interviews and photos that reflect the experiences of multicultural people and families that were born through the Peace Corps experience. You can see some examples of these stories at www.peacecorpskids.com and on Instagram @peacecorpskids.
Please pass this information along to people and families who might be interested and encourage them to participate. You can contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are interested in being part of the project.
TCP Global Launches Online
Congratulations! TCP Global is the latest NPCA affiliate group to launch their website on the NPCA's Community Builder platform. Visit their website to learn more about their successful and sustainable micro-loan program.
Limited time offer: Free 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory
We have just a few copies left of the 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory that we are offering to affiliate groups for free through the end of September. The front half of this book is filled with inspiring stories and photos contributed by RPCVs. The back half lets you know how to contact them. (Note: the data is from 2016, so some may have moved.) Bring this to your group events and help your members reconnect with their Peace Corps friends. Contact us to get your copy.
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!
Decide on ONE group officer to submit re-affiliation for your group
Submit your annual report highlighting your activities and achievements for the past year and include a financial report
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.
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.
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 email@example.com (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and firstname.lastname@example.org (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, Mariko Schmitz), then the director for your division:
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.