NPCA goes fossil-fuel free, RPCVs for Environmental Action
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Here’s a story about how committed individuals have the power to shape their community and change the world.
It starts with a letter from the NPCA affiliate group RPCVs for Environmental Action requesting that NPCA shift our community’s investments away from fossil fuels. Care for the environment, they argued, is a Peace Corps value, and one way we show our values is through our investments.
So what does it mean to divest from fossil fuels? Kate Schachter gives a clear and persuasive answer in a recent blog post
As members of the Peace Corps community, we know that it is the marginalized people who are affected the most by the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry….Since we know it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it simply follows that it is also wrong to profit from that wreckage… In December 2016, the value of investment funds committed to divestment jumped to $5.2tn as concerns about investment in coal, oil and gas entered the financial mainstream.
But why stop with fossil fuels? After careful due diligence, the NPCA Finance Committee proposed a more comprehensive policy of ethical investments that meet ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria. At its March 4 meeting, the NPCA board voted unanimously to put our money where our ideals are. 

As the first step this week, NPCA registered with, publicly declaring our commitment to divest from fossil fuels by March 2018.
This is a success story of community-led change. We hope it inspires you to likewise act on your ideals. If it’s environmental issues that compel you, join the like-minded individuals in RPCVs for Environmental Action. To get involved, join their Facebook group or email

In service,
Glenn Blumhorst
President, National Peace Corps Association

Peace Corps Community Celebrates JFK Centennial

We invite all members of the Peace Corps community to a special commemoration of John F. Kennedy's centennial. Join NPCA, Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCVs), and our partner and host, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, for a special celebration in Boston on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The program features reflections from those among the first Peace Corps Volunteers and those recently back, free admission to the museum for RPCVs and a celebratory reception. BARPCV will host additional activities that weekend, including a service project on Sunday.  Learn more, register and get on the email list for updates

News & Events

April 30, 2017 is the deadline for the Peace Corps community to submit nominations for two awards: the Loret Miller Ruppe Award for an outstanding affiliate group, and the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award for an exceptional female RPCV. Ensure that great work is recognized by sending in your nomination!

Make sure the 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference is blocked off on your calendar! Registration is right around the corner. See you in Denver, CO, August 4-6, 2017.  
Seeking Strong Candidates for NPCA Board Service

Do you have strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans? Consider serving on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who are well-connected within and beyond the Peace Corps community and who can help us bring in new resources, partnerships and expertise, especially in fundraising (particularly for major gifts), nonprofit law and grant making. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.
Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors requires a serious commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. The NPCA Board is a working board and individual Directors are expected to be actively involved. Directors participate in and encourage initiatives that support and benefit the NPCA.
Start by filling out a Board Interest Form. We will review all interest forms submitted and will contact you for a phone conversation if we see a fit. Ready to serve? Learn more and download the nomination packet. Deadline: May 1.
Experience Morocco:

From the Medinas to the Mountains 
April 30 - May 13, 2017
(You still have time to join the Spring trip!)
October 8 - 21, 2017
Building on a legacy of 4,800 Volunteers dating back to 1963, Next Step Travel's trips to Morocco build on a depth of experience found nowhere else. Walk the medinas and souks of Fes, Meknes and Marrakesh. Spend a night by the desert dunes. Meet with serving Volunteers and Peace Corps Morocco staff. Coordinated in collaboration with Friends of Morocco. Learn more and book now.
Service Tour to Slovenia
June 12 - 23, 2017
Experience this top green tourism destination in the heart of Europe with our partners at Fulbright Association. Explore the most beautiful and secret places of Slovenia, the hidden gem of Central Europe, including a GeoBioBlitz at Triglav National Park in the beautiful Julian Alps. Deadline: April 7. Learn more.

Affiliate Group News

What roles do affiliate groups play in building a thriving Peace Corps community? Many! Learn more in this week's Affiliate Group News.


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