Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:54

Ethiopian Collection For Sale



Gloria Curtis, Ethiopia 1963-65, has inherited a large collection of Ethiopian artifacts, artwork, and cultural items from a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served 50 years ago.  These items are to be sold or auctioned to generate funds to support worthwhile Ethiopian projects.  Gloria & Don have photographed all pieces with some descriptions and measurements.  There is a variety of baskets, clay pots, clothing, charcoal drawings, a goatskin map of Ethiopia, a goatskin baby carrier, ceremonial shield, spear points, olive wood candlesticks, etc.   If anyone is interested in seeing photos via e-mail attachments, or in person at our Denver home – call 303-422-3742 or e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

If you are interested in joining one of these meetings once they are scheduled, please let me know as soon as possible. Likewise, if you are interested in meeting with your member of Congress, let me know as well and I’ll work to support your efforts. Either way, I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information on NPCA’s District Office Meeting initiative can be found at:

Monday, 05 May 2014 02:40

Third Goal Opportunity

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:

  • An overview of your organization and available programs
  • Your personal experiences from international travel
  • What is logistically needed for international travel (passports, visas, medical exams/shots, fundraising, application processes, etc.)
  • What to expect when traveling internationally (culture shock, being sensitive and safe in different cultural contexts)
  • Why international work is rewarding
  • Any related career/service opportunities

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
Regional Representative | Phone: 720 998 6776 | E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 05 May 2014 02:39

Colorado RPCVs are Going Cycling!

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.”
Interested persons can learn more about the Pedal the Plains bicycle tour at For persons wishing to register to be a part of the 3-day tour RPCVs of Colorado team, please sign up for the RPCVs of Colorado team on the Pedal the Plains website and use the password RPCVCO. To learn more, or if you have questions, you can also contact Brian Palmeri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friday, 02 May 2014 03:57

May 1 Advocacy Update

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 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.


Denver Botanic Garden Plant Discovery Days (April 15-18, shifts are 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)

Plant Discovery Days Programs offer school children opportunities to learn about and explore the world of plants. The Programs emphasize discovery and self-awareness of a subject. Most activity stations are hands-on and volunteer led. Volunteers will interact with a variety of groups of elementary-level students for several minutes at a time throughout the day. Volunteers will receive training on the station at the morning of the program. We can utilize as many as 10 volunteers on any of these days. Please contact Casey Burnette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

Denver Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale (May 8-10, multiple shifts each day that are 5 hours long including orientation)

This is a large annual event that is loads of fun to volunteer for! We have morning and afternoon shifts each day for volunteers helping as cashiers, cashier assistants, plant valets, and more. Shift times vary based on the day and volunteer position. We will have an ample number of volunteer spots available for each of these days, but they will start filling up as the event draws closer.
Please contact Casey Burnette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer for one or both of these special events.
Denver Botanic Garden Ambassodor
Want an all-access Gardens experience? The Ambassador Program provides behind-the-scenes insight and is perfect for individuals looking for diverse experiences and broad historical, art and plant-related knowledge. Ambassadors create a welcoming atmosphere for guests, provide accurate info about programs and assist with way-finding and crowd control throughout the grounds. Whether roving the Gardens answering visitor questions, staffing the Science Pyramid or greeting guests, Ambassadors are always in the know of everything going on at the Gardens.
Time Commitment: Volunteer for at least 3 shifts per month, providing at least 60 hours of service annually.
Qualifications Needed: Background in customer service preferred; friendly demeanor, outgoing, and flexible; excellent communication skills; proactive and comfortable seeking out visitor contact; good range of physical motion (standing, kneeling, walking, bending); ability to stay calm in high stress situations; proactive problem solver
Denver Botanic Garden Mordecai Children’s Exploration Leaders:
An exciting opportunity to share your knowledge of plants with budding gardeners! Our Education department is seeking Exploration Leaders to engage families and children in Activity Stations and the Home Harvest Garden. Former, future, or always-wanted-be educators are welcome to participate in this highly rewarding volunteer opportunity.
Qualifications: Volunteers must be outgoing, patient, enjoy working with children and have a great sense of humor. A passion for plants or the environment is a plus! Ability to stand outdoors in all weather conditions is a must, as the garden is in full sun with very little shade or protection from the elements. Volunteers are required to pass a background check if over 18.
Time Commitment: Volunteers are required to commit to three shifts a month for at least three months after attending required training sessions in March and April.
To read more about the Denver Botanic Garden's ongoing volunteer opportunities and to fill out a volunteer application, visit

If you have questions about our programs or orientation dates to get started, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Nikki at 720-865-3533

Sunday, 23 February 2014 19:36

A Heartfelt Thank You

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!



Monday, 17 February 2014 02:24

Food Security Community Events

Food Security Community Events
Here are some local Food Security events we thought you might be interested in. Support our local friends!

Grow Local Colorado Listserve: Sign up and learn about all of the amazing events and educational opportunities in the local food movement around town.


Sign-Up here:  growlocalcolorado+This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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
Monday, 17 February 2014 02:20

Peace Corps Week 2014



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.  




Questions or suggestions for a happy hour location, contact Becca- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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. 

If you would like your photos included in the slideshow, please send 1-3 photos from your service to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text18005); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, 2/21, with the location/country and name in order to give photo credit.  Even if you can’t attend on the 28th, please submit photos!

Share the excitement!

Thank you for your service,


Erica Wrona

RPCV Peru 2008-2011  | RPCV Response, Panama 2012

Peace Corps Campus Representative

Colorado State University

phone: 970.491.7706

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:11

Advocacy Update

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:, 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: Show you support for Peace Corps and send a message to Colorado’s Senators and your Representatives.

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