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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:37

RPCVCO Looking for New Board Members

With four board members recently or soon to step down from the board, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO) is looking for some new board members! If any of these look interesting to you, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will follow up with more details.

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.

Brief information about the crowdfunding campaign is found below and with more details found here. If you donate directly to the film, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can ensure it is included for the matching donation!

 

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:

  1. Be Part of the #IgnitePeaceCorps Movement
  2. Fund the production of A Towering Task: A Peace Corps Documentary that will take an in-depth and objective look at the Peace Corps Agency.
  3. Support the Peace Corps community through the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) by leveraging our collective power to advocate for a better Peace Corps and increase development impact by funding Returned Peace Corps Volunteer-led initiatives.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:57

CU Ranks 5 in Peace Corps Recruitment

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.

Sunday, 14 February 2016 21:19

Celebrate Peace Corps Week 2016

Celebrate Peace Corps Week 2016

Peace Corps Week, in celebration of the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s establishment of Peace Corps, is Sunday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Colorado-based Peace Corps Recruiters invite you to participate in this celebration with events throughout the week.

Can’t participate in any of these Peace Corps Week events? Reach out to one of the Peace Corps recruiters to join any of the recruiting events that week and celebrate the Third Goal of Peace Corps. Look opportunities to advocate on behalf of Peace Corps from the National Peace Corps Association and the RPCVs of Colorado during this time.

Questions about any of these events can be directed to the Peace Corps recruiters:

  • Cedar Wolf, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Karyn Sweeney, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jason Steele, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As well, the Peace Car will be in Colorado Feb. 12 through Mar. 8. If you have an idea for a great photo opportunity with the car, reach out to the Peace Corps recruiters.

Event

Storytelling Workshop

Date

Saturday, Feb. 28

Time

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Location

Posner Center for International Development – Commons
1031 33rd St
Denver, CO

Description

Got a great travel story you want to share at the International Story Slam but you just don't know to deliver it? Join Peace Corps Recruiter, Cedar Wolf, as he breaks down the fundamentals of what makes a great story and, even better, how to deliver it. In this workshop you will brainstorm the elements of your story, put pencil to paper to write a draft, then practice sharing it with the group.

You don't have to be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer! All travel stories are welcome.

Register for the event here.

 

 

Event

Peace Corps Day Dinner

Date

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016

Time

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location

Seoul Korean B.B.Q. & Sushi
2080 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80014

Description

RPCVs are invited to join the Peace Corps recruiters for a fun (and delicious) dinner at Seoul Korean BBQ & Sushi in Aurora to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Peace Corps. Applicants are welcome to join!

Register for the event here.

 

 

Event

Coffee Chat at Innisfree

Date

Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016

Time

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Location

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café
1301 Pennsylvania Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

Description

Join the Peace Corps recruiters at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, owned and run by two local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, as the Peace Corps Week celebration continues. Come chat with the recruiter David Boggs and other RPCVs, service, and any questions you might have.

Register here for the event

 

 

Event

Tribute to  Peace Corps at the State Capitol

Date

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

Time

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Location

Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203

Description

The RPCVs of Colorado are once again working with Senator John Kefalas (Senate District 14, El Salvador, 1979 to 1980) and Representative Jeni Arndt (House District 53, Morocco, 1990 to 1992) to have a tribute read to Peace Corps at the State Capitol. Similar to the past few  years, RPCVs and supporters for Peace Corps are welcome to come to the Capitol to see the tribute being read before the Senate and the House. More information found here.

 

 

Event

Peace Corps Palooza

Date

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

Time

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location

University Memorial Center Multipurpose Room (#235)
1669 Euclid Avenue (corner of Broadway and Euclid Avenue)
Boulder, CO 8030(

Description

Peace Corps Palooza is the grand Peace Corps Week event at the CU Boulder campus. Learn more about what the Peace Corps is and how it has made a difference in the world for over half a century. The evening will include a wonderful guest speaker from the RPCV community in Colorado and celebration of the winners of the Peace Corps photo contest.

NOTE: Are you an RPCV who wants to help out? Please contact David Boggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your Full Name, Country of Service and Volunteer Sector and join the fun!

Register for the event here.

 

 

Event

International Story Slam

Date

Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Time

8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Location

The Deer Pile at City O’City
206 E. 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

Description

Do you love traveling abroad? Even better, do you love telling your friends about the crazy, hilarious and eye-opening misadventures that always seem to take place? Then join the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado for a fun night of storytelling at The Deer Pile. You don't have to have done the Peace Corps. Just bring your stories and share!

Need help crafting your story? Join Peace Corps Recruiter, Cedar Wolf, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Posner Center for a Storytelling Workshop.

Register for the event here.

 

 

Event

Peace Corps 55th Anniversary Reception at CSU

Date

Friday, Mar. 4, 2016

Time

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location

Longs Peak Room, Lory Student Center, CSU
1101 Central Avenue Mall
Ft. Collins, CO 80521

Description

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Engagement at Colorado State University (CSU) is hosting a Peace Corps 55th Anniversary Reception. This event is to celebrate, strengthen connections, and thank RPCVs for their service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and/or thank everyone for the support of Peace Corps at Colorado State University on the 55th Anniversary of Peace Corps.

Hors d'oeuvres and a cash-bar will be provided. Parking is available after 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot directly north of the Lory Student Center.

Email Tomas Pickering (Malawi, 201-2012), Peace Corps Campus Representative, CSU, with any questions. Tomas can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RSVP for this event by completing this Google form.

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