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RPCVs of Colorado, with support from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), are working to schedule district office meetings with members of the Colorado congressional delegation in August and early September. The goal of these meeting is to express gratitude for continued support of Peace Corps, advocate on particular key issues and talk about some of the work RPCVs have done in Colorado.
NPCA’s District Office Meeting initiative is in its fourth year and is focused on helping all those who support Peace Corps meet with their members of Congress during the traditional summer congressional recess. Last year, NPCA member groups, advocacy coordinators, and other advocates met with at least 52 legislators in at least 18 states. The meetings lead to at least a dozen additional Democrat and Republican co-sponsors on key Peace Corps-related legislation.
Currently, meetings are being sought with Senator Mark Udall, Senator Michael Bennet and Representative DeGette. Once these meetings have been confirmed, information about the date, time, location and any other pertinent details will be shared on the RPCVs of Colorado website and Facebook.
The AmeriCorps NCCC Denver campus is having its second annual Life After AmeriCorps Day for our 170 *FEMA Corps Members on Thursday, May 29th. The end goal of this event is to have our members receive insight on possible life plans for after their term of service with AmeriCorps.
Many of our members have expressed interest in international service and career work, and we would love to respond to their interest by requesting the participation of Peace Corps in an International Discussion Table Workshop as part of Life After AmeriCorps Day. The International Panel would be an optional workshop for members to attend. This workshop will be offered twice, the times being (a) 9:00am-10:15am and (b) 10:30am-11:45am.
Workshop Format The format of this workshop will be a discussion table format. During both workshops, representatives from your organization will be able to sit down with small groups of FEMA Corps Members and have in-depth 15 minute discussions. Every 15 minutes, members will rotate tables in a structured, timed format. We estimate that there will be about 4 rounds for each workshop, which will give your organization an opportunity to speak with approximately 40-70 of our members throughout the day.
Topics to Cover We hope that during these discussions you will consider sharing information on one or more of the following topics:
Please also allow a few minutes for questions.
You do not need to have current openings. General information on opportunities is great.
Third Goal Opportunity
Opportunity Fair You are also invited to attend our Opportunity Fair, that same day (May 29th) from 2:30pm-5:00pm. The Opportunity Fair format is a modified job fair in which a diverse range of organizations meet with NCCC members to give them an idea of what it is like to work in their career field. Representatives from your organization will be able to set up a table among other invited organizations and meet with members as they walk through the fair. We hope that you will engage members in the same topics discussed during the International Discussion Table Workshop.
To sign up, please contact:
Lauren Dorosz | Ecuador 2008-2010
That's right. As the RPCVs of Colorado have begun to focus our energies on food security, we would like to take advantage of an excellent opportunity to learn about where some of our Colorado food is grown - the Eastern Plains of Colorado. The Pedal the Plains bicycle tour is an opportunity to do just that - learn about food and life in rural Colorado while cycling through our state's great plains. Riders can choose from a few options route including - a 5.5 mile family fun ride on September 20th, a one day 105-mile route on September 20th, or a 3-day ride going between three towns in the Eastern plains from September 19th - 21st. The 3-day ride spans stops in the towns of Wiggins, Fort Morgan and Sterling, Colorado.
The Pedal the Plains website states the following:
“Pedal the plains seeks to engage riders of all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to first-time riders, in an educational and recreational experience.”
“By participating in Pedal the Plains, cyclists will increase their awareness of the eastern plains by tasting food grown in the region, learning from local experts, exploring points of interest, meeting local farmers and ranchers and trying their hand at local crafts and farming techniques.”
The past two months featured multiple opportunities to demonstrate support for Peace Corps by advocating for strong funding in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The recent advocacy efforts resulted in a record breaking 178 signatures for the two bi-partisan Peace Corps funding letters – 151 signatures for the House letter and 27 for the Senate. In Colorado, our thanks goes out the following Senators and Representatives for their support of Peace Corps:
Senators Udall and Bennet who signed the Feinstein-Isakson Peace Corps Funding Letter.
Representatives DeGette, Perlmutter and Polis signed the 2014 Farr-Petri-Hona-Garmendi-Kennedy Peace Corps Funding letter.
On a more sober note, recent advocacy efforts also included the request for members of Congress to sign onto a letter seeking justice in the investigation into the murder of Kate Puzey, who was murdered in 2009 while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. The Kate Puzey Letter asks the U.S. State Department, FBI and Peace Corps Office of Inspector General to be more actively involved in assisting the Beninese government in solving the murder case. The letter was signed by 188 members of Congress – 84 Senators and 104 Representatives – including Senators Udall and Bennet and Representative Perlmutter from Colorado.
More information about all of the recent advocacy efforts can be found on the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) website at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/. Thank you to everyone who contacted their members of Congress in the most recent calls to action. Watch for more calls to action as Congress continues to work on the FY2015 budget.
SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Denver Botanic Garden Plant Discovery Days (April 15-18, shifts are 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
Denver Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale (May 8-10, multiple shifts each day that are 5 hours long including orientation)
Thanks so much to the 30 volunteers who worked for 9 hours, over 4 shifts, at the Denver Rescue Mission. This was the 4th year we've made this an RPCV tradition on Valentine's Day! Just the morning shift served over 250 meals to those who are experiencing homelessness in our city. Yay volunteers!
Save the Date for the Growhaus 4th Annual Seed Swap and Garden Teach-In
Saturday March 8th 1-5pm @ The Growhaus 4751 York Street.
Warm Cookies of the Revolution
FEBRUARY HAPPY HOUR
Monthly Happy Hour- Join us the last Thursday of every month for our monthly happy hours! We change bars every three months.This month's happy hour coincides with the NPCA National Day of Action, and we will have computers on hand for you to write your elected official in support of Peace Corps funding.
For February 27, and March 27 we will be at STONEY'S PUB located at 1111 Lincoln Street, Denver.
Fort Collins Peace Corps Week Activities
Greetings fellow RPCVs and friends,
Please mark your calendars for an exciting event in celebration of…YOU! For this year’s Peace Corps Week (February 23-March 1), we will be recognizing the service of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at the Global Village Museum, 200 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, on Friday, February 28th from 6-8pm. We will have an RPCV photo slideshow, catered food from Maza Kabob, and RPCV Jane Albritton, editor of the “Peace Corps at 50” book series, will be on hand to sign copies of her books that will be available for sale. RPCVs can catch up with old friends and meet new RPCVs, and are also encouraged to chat with those who have arrived to learn more about service in the Peace Corps. The event is free and open to the public.
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Thank you for your service,
RPCV Peru 2008-2011 | RPCV Response, Panama 2012
Peace Corps Campus Representative
Colorado State University
Advocate for Peace Corps Funding
Suzanne Smith, Advocacy Chair
Between now and Jan. 15, 2014, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is asking supporters of Peace Corps to reach out to their members of Congress to request strong funding to support the Peace Corps program.
On Dec. 18 the Senate passed a budget plan for federal fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. The Senate and House Appropriations Committees now have until Jan. 15 to assemble appropriation bills following this budget plan. However, it remains unclear on whether both the Senate and the House will fully consider each of the 12 appropriations bills, including the State/Foreign Operations appropriations bill which, amongst other programs, funds Peace Corps. The request is to provide $385 million for Peace Corps for FY2014.
Additionally, if Congress follows the Senate’s version of the appropriations bill it will mean support for the implementation of the Peace Corps Equity Act, explained in detail at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/support-equity-act/, and a request to expand/improve the Non-Competitive Eligibility benefits.
NPCA has drafted a sample letter that can be used when contacting member of Congress. The sample letter, along with further information and links to the websites for individual members of Congress, can be found at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2013/12/peace-corps-funding-action-alert/. Show you support for Peace Corps and send a message to Colorado’s Senators and your Representatives.