We need our Colorado Peace Corps community to help us out! We are working to get the Colorado legislature to approve an official Peace Corps license plate and need 3000 signatures to do so. Sign up here, and please forward to your friends and family who are Colorado residents and have them sign!
1. You have to be a Colorado resident
2. Please include your full name!
Hello RPCVs of northern Colorado,
If you are interested in having an RPCV come and speak at your event or school, complete this form or e-mail your request
At the 2015 Peace Corps Connect conference, Rep. Sam Farr (CA – District 20, Columbia 1964-66) asked that all Peace Corps supporters take action and advocate on behalf of Peace Corps. Rep. Farr challenged us all to become better advocates and to speak with elected officials about Peace Corps. His challenge included:
During Peace Corps Connect NPCA and Rep. Farr shared a few other updates:
Check out NPCA’s website for more information related to advocacy: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/.
The RPCVs of Colorado are actively maintaining our gardens in civic center park that will soon grow into fruits and vegetables for harvesting.
We need your help! We typically meet on Wednesdays at 5:30, and make announcements through our Facebook Group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpcvcolorado/)
Gloves and tools will be provided.
This is the fifth year in a row that the RPCVs of Colorado is partnering with Grow Local Colorado to plant, maintain and harvest produce from two garden plots in Civic Center Park, located in the heart of Denver near the intersection of Colfax and Broadway. All produce from the two plots goes to the Gathering Place, a day shelter for women and their children who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. Due to the volunteer work of the RPCVs of Colorado, we’ve been able to donate 1,410 pounds of produce over the last four years.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our annual meeting of 2015! The RPCVs of Colorado will welcome the City and County of Denver’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Jerry Tinianow
Mayor Hancock's Office of Sustainability, led by Jerry Tinianow, addresses economic and community sustainability initiatives in order to help lead Denver toward greater security in an ever-changing global economy. As part of this effort, the office has established 2020 Sustainability Goals for the City and County of Denver, as well as the community-at-large in 12 resources areas, including: air quality, climate change, energy, food, health, housing, land use, materials, mobility, water quality and quantity, and workforce. Jerry will provide an overview of these goals, particularly related to those affecting our focus on food security, and answer questions.
Our May 20, 2015 meeting will also serve as our annual meeting for the year. Prior to Jerry's talk, we'll have a review of RPCVCO activities for the year and vote on new Board members.
Location: DOWNING STREET GRILL
3090 DOWNING ST. DENVER, CO 80206
PARKING: LOCATED IN THE BACK
The RPCVs of Colorado continue to serve our communities both home and abroad through service projects and networking events. We also continue to serve the communities of current Peace Corps Volunteers by funding grant requests to implement in their service. As of the end of September of 2014, the RPCVCO financial accounts have the following balances:
General Operating Fund (for use in paying general operating expenses): $3,786.60
Don Curtis Fund (for use in funding projects): $4,391.19
Ski Trip Fund (for use in paying the deposit for the annual ski trip): $117.12
These funds added together indicate that the RPCVs of Colorado have a total of $8,294.91 in the group's checking account.
During the year there are a number of activities which draw on the General Operating Fund. Here are a few of the changes we have made for the upcoming year (as approved by the Board of Directors in July, 2014)
1) Continue to have Welcome Home Dinners twice per year for newly returned volunteers as a way of connecting them with other returned volunteers. We are grateful to the Welcome Wagon volunteers for offering their homes as venue for these events, and for accepting the Board approved reimbursements of up to $75 per dinner. We know that you put so much more into these events than we can repay you for - - thank you!
2) Action committees: Last year the RPCVCO Board approved action committees for both the Welcome Wagon and the Social Committees. The RPCVCO Board is happy to cover the cost of the group members' coffee during these meetings as they plan events a few times a year.
3) End of year garden supervisor party - The RPCVs of Colorado continue to collaborate with Grow Local Colorado and community volunteer groups to maintain a vegetable garden in Civic Center park. The vegetables from the garden are donated to the Gathering Place, Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. This annual thank you party for the garden supervisors asks a maximum of $150 from the general operating fund. Thank you volunteers! You can learn more about Grow Local Colorado and The Gathering Place by visiting their websites at http://www.growlocalcolorado.org/and http://www.tgpdenver.org/.
4) Country Night: The RPCVCO regular meetings highlight a country or region of service a few times throughout the year. Once again, we are grateful for RPCVs who assist in presenting and preparing a small taste of the food from the country or region being highlighted. These meetings, which take place 4 times a year, result in a maximum of $100 total expense from the General Operating Fund as reimbursements for the food cost.
The Don Curtis Fund is used to provide funds to currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers so they can better implement their projects. The money from our annual calendar sales contributes to this fund, as do the specified generous donations of our group members, and the fund has continued to grow from year to year. Help us to spend these funds by letting any currently serving PCVs know they can request funds from the RPCVCO group for their overseas projects by applying for a grant on our website: http://www.rpcvcolorado.org/index.php/activities/don-curtis-fund/grant-application. The RPCVCO Board is grateful to be able to support the currently serving volunteers in this way.
The Ski Trip is expanding! Due to popular demand this year's annual ski trip will now have 2 cabins instead of one! This means that more RPCVs and families are able to celebrate together over this fun weekend at YMCA of the Rockies. This activity continues to be a self-sustaining activity with the RPCVCO Ski Trip Fund acting as a holding place or pass through account so we can pay the following year's deposit to YMCA of the Rockies in a timely manner prior to collecting the funds from the participants. Details about this year's ski trip are included in this newsletter.
Each year dozens of local teachers and professionals join us at the World Affairs Challenge as judges. Their role is essential to the success of the WAC in meeting our goal of fostering life long learners. Judges don’t only grade team presentations and collaborative questions. They end up learning a lot themselves!
Based on your feedback over the past several years, input from community judges, universities, and global companies, we have made some important changes:
The judging criteria for WAC will be modified to focus more heavily on rewarding 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, cultural awareness, and communication, all essential skills for tomorrow’s workers and leaders.
New judging criteria will be added to recognize the diversity of presentations, providing a more level judging field.
As always, serving as a judge is a purely voluntary effort. There is no registration cost. Coffee, breakfast, and lunch are complimentary. Judges will have the opportunity to spend the day interacting with fellow community leaders and volunteers, local NGOs, and our future leaders and problem solvers!
Judges must be available to stay for all of the judging portions of the event (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Judges are strongly encouraged to attend judge training:
February 5th and 9th, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
At the Posner Center for International Development
1031 33rd Street, Denver CO 80205
To sign up, visit the World Affairs Challenge website here: http://www.worldaffairschallenge.org/become-a-judge
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, President Obama signed the appropriations bill to fund most the government for the remained of fiscal year (FY) 2015, which goes until Sept. 1, 2015. Congress will still need to pass a final appropriations bill for Homeland Security, which will operate under a continuing resolution till Feb. 27, 2015. The final appropriation bill signed by President Obama for FY2015 totals $1.1 trillion and includes funding for Peace Corps.
Along with funding for Peace Corps, the passage of the appropriations bill included corrective language to implement the provisions set forth in the Peace Corps Equity Act (S. 2291; H.R. 4578). The Peace Corps Equity Act is designed to support female Peace Corps Volunteers in the same manner as other individuals serving overseas, by supporting the PCV if she seeks to terminate a pregnancy in the rare instances of rape, incest or life endangerment. The National Peace Corps Association (NCPA) has been leading efforts to pass the Peace Corp Equity Act for two years, which also had the support of the Peace Corps agency and the Obama administration. More information can be found in this NPCA press release. Supporters of Peace Corps are encouraged to send a thank you to members of Congress who led efforts to pass the Peace Corps Equity. Information on how to send these thank you messages can be found here.
Now that funding for Peace Corps for FY2015 has been secured, the focus will turn to advocating for increased funding for Peace Corps in FY2016. Supporters of Peace Corps can participate in these advocacy efforts by responding to any calls to action from the NPCA. As well, the National Day of Advocacy is Thursday, March 5, 2015, and is an opportunity for individuals to come together to meet with members of Congress in person to talk about the importance of Peace Corps and request continued and robust funding for Peace Corps. Unable to fly to Washington, D.C., to participate in person? Advocates can still participate on March 5 by emailing and calling members of Congress. More information on all of NPCA’s advocacy work can be found at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/.