It is time to vote for the next area of focus for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO). The focus area helps to guide what events, service projects, meeting topics, and donations to currently serving PCVs we undertake for the next three years (starting in spring 2016). Similar to the process used to identify Food Security as a focus area, members have an opportunity to vote on our next focus area. The focus area with the most votes will be revealed at the May 18th general meeting. At the meeting, we’ll have group discussions to generate ideas of speakers, service projects and other events related to the winning focus area. Vote for the next focus area at: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ecbvwl0pil76uvnf/start
The two focus area choices are:
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Access to health care, cost of health care, food, education, and physical activity, along with many other things, can impact an individual’s health. In this focus area, RPCVCO would concentrate its event planning, grant making, and programming on particular aspects of health each year. Examples of health-focused events include: speakers that address health-related issues in Colorado, the U.S. and worldwide, and service projects such as passing out toothbrushes at a health fair or packing boxes of medical supplies that are donated overseas. This focus area is also in line with NPCA’s advocacy efforts to introduce and advance legislation supporting improvements in healthcare for RPCVs with service-related issues.
In recent years, promoting gender equality has been a top priority for many governments and organizations across the globe. UN Women defines gender equality as "the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys" emphasizing that "equality does not mean that women and men will become the same but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female." In this focus area, RPCVCO would concentrate its event planning, grant making, and programming on three sub-categories (1 per year) that serve to educate communities both locally and globally, increase bias awareness, and support efforts to fight inequality across a variety of related issues, including: violence against women, female health, economic empowerment, and access to education. Examples of gender equality-focused events include: speakers on school-based awareness campaigns or a story night with female RPCVs, and service projects such as a partnership with a local organization that works with immigrant or refugee women, or scholarship programs to fund educational activities overseas.
Statewide Outreach Chair
Based on our recent survey, we know that many of you would like to see activities happen outside of the Denver-metro area. To that end, we are creating a new Statewide Outreach position to help identify regional representatives and coordinate statewide activities. The person in this role does not need to live in the Denver-metro area. The board meets 6-times yearly, and these meetings can be attended in person or via Skype or phone.
Service Projects Chair
Interested in organizing volunteer opportunities for the Colorado RPCV community? We're looking for someone who can organize a variety of service project opportunities, from one-time projects to recurring activities. This includes working with the Statewide Outreach Chair to promote volunteer opportunities outside of the Denver metro area. This position also supports donation drives during events such as the annual holiday party.
Social Events and Special Events Chairs
The Board is seeking individuals interested in organizing our social events and special events. For social events, duties would include organizing the monthly happy hours, restaurant outings, and other social events such as bowling, hiking, or similar. For special events, duties would include planning, organizing, and implementing our major member events, including the annual Holiday Party, Summer Picnic, and general meetings. This position is separate from the Social Events Chair and will directly focus on planning RPCVCO special events and meetings. It is recommended these individuals live in the Denver Metro area.
All board members must fill general board duties (e.g. attend meetings, assist with event set up and clean up, represent the organization). The commitment is for a three year term.
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is partnering with the film maker for A Towering Task on a crowd funding campaign, which launched on March 1, 2016. The RPCVs of Colorado have agreed to help support efforts to produce a documentary on the Peace Corps experience. As part of this effort, the RPCVs of Colorado will match member donations up to $500 (for a total donation of $1000) for A Towering Task. More about our support can be found here.
Tell our story. Ignite our community. Recommit to Peace.
Imagine what our country would be like if everyone served in the Peace Corps?
Since 1961, more than 220,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 141 countries around the world. We served our country and committed to peace through cross-cultural understanding. Despite our commitment and the Peace Corps' reach, many Americans today have no idea that the Peace Corps still exists.
NOW is the time to tell our story and ignite our country's understanding of the power of Peace Corps:
Annually, the U.S. Peace Corps ranks the top universities and colleges for recruitment of volunteers. In the recently released annual ranking, based on data through Sept. 30, 2015, the University of Colorado - Boulder ranked 5th for large universities or colleges. The Denver Post recently celebrated this achievement in the article, "CU-Boulder ranks No. 5 in Peace Corps Volunteers".
UPDATE: Inside Boulder News, from Boulder 8 TV, recently featured a video about CU-Boulder and Peace Corps recruitment. Watch the video here.
More information about this annual ranking of top colleges and universities can be found here.