Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C.
From Peace Corps Wiki
“Bringing the Experience Home”
We are a volunteer-run organization representing the sizable community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and groupies who live and work in Washington, DC. We do this through three main activities.
- Holding social events such as happy hours, parties, field trips, and other fun, interest-based activities. Any member may start a club and utilize our network to organize it.
- Helping local nonprofits engaged in community development meet their needs for volunteer assistance by holding regular service projects and partnering toward shared goals.
- Helping our members advance their careers through structured professional development events and by establishing a vibrant, organized network of mentors in various industries.
From time to time, we also engage in events of a symbolic or historic nature, such as marching in a parade or participating in a public ceremony. Membership is open to all who share a passion for community service, professional development, and international engagement. The first year is always free; afterwards, dues are $15.00 per year."
2012-2013 Mission Statement
"To serve as a resource to RPCVs and friends in the Washington DC area through social events, community service projects, and professional development programs that embody the 3rd Goal and spirit of the Peace Corps."
Our Mission Statement is revised by each new Board
What We Do
In addition to organizing regular social events for our members, RPCV/W divides its long-term programming into four areas:
RPCV/W is committed to supporting local organizations engaged in community development in the DC area. We are all volunteers at heart, and our members enjoy coming out on a weekend to help out a worthy cause. Keep an eye on our events for our next volunteer day. Service events are organized by our Community Service Director.
Partnership for Peace
Each year, we officially sponsor a grassroots nonprofit that shares our goals and values. In addition to awarding them a cash grant based on the proceeds of our yearly fundraiser, we advertise their events through our social network and help them organize volunteers for their activities. Our Vice President is charged with coordinating and strengthening the PfP program.
We believe that all RPCVs should be able to network freely, and encourage our members to make time for their peers who are looking to climb the ladder. To this end, we host regular networking events in panels, and we are organizing a vibrant network of mentors in dozens of different workplaces who are willing to sit down for coffee with a qualified applicant or someone interested in their work. This program is overseen by our Professional Development Director who acts as our chief networker and job coach.
As our numbers grow, so does our role in the community. RPCV/W is often called upon to plan and participate in major public events. From parades to public-speaking, our services are always in demand. On September 28, 2011, RPCV/W organized a large public event at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, which hosted over 5,000 participants. Since 1984, we have gathered each year to lay flowers at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. We have also march with Peace Corps in Presidential Inauguration and DC's LGBT Capitol Pride Parade.
There are over 5,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Washington, DC Metro area. RPCV/W includes over 900 of them as active, dues paying members.
According to our latest survey, most of our members join to network, make friends, and to become familiar with the DC Peace Corps Community. 83% of our members attend at least one event throughout the year. 85% read our weekly email newsletter. Most have made friends, participated in fun events, and gotten involved with worthy volunteer projects. Many have gotten jobs, found mentors, and even met a significant other through our network.
The median age of our membership is 32, and over half possess an advanced degree. They work in international development and the nonprofit sector primarily. 74% are female and 29% are male. Above all, we’re all interested in community development and sharing our stories.
Membership in RPCV/W is open to all. First year is always free. Member dues have remained $15 per year since 1986.
- Members are eligible for discounts to special events.
- Members are granted access to our online directory to search for and contact other members.
- Members can register for and attend restricted "Members Only" events.
- Members can access and freely network in our private Linkedin Group.
- Members may submit news items, including fundraisers and events, to our weekly newsletter.
- Members may post fundraisers or small events requiring payment in our Facebook Group, which serves as the public forum of our organization.
- Members may participate in sub-committees called by the Board of Directors and lead Board-sanctioned events.
- Members shape the organization by organizing clubs, electing the Board of Directors, and assuming leadership roles.
- Developmentary's (Peace Corps Wiki) Application Oct 2009 http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/RPCVapp2010PeaceProgram.pdf
- RPCVw Response: (rejected in first round) http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/RPCVw_app_response_DevelopmentaryInc_11-2-09.pdf