Last week, local RPCV’s spent a day volunteering at Supplies Over Seas, a Louisville nonprofit organization that repurposes medical equipment and supplies and ships them overseas to medically impoverished communities. The organization has been open since 1993 and since then, it has shipped supplies to over 91 countries! Check out the Supplies Over Seas website if you would like to volunteer or have any medical equipment to donate!
Check out pictures of the volunteer day below. Everyone had a blast!!
NPCA is making exciting new changes to further carry out the Third Goal and promote our Peace Corps mission! Please read below an announcement by Glenn Blumhorst, President of NPCA:
“The National Peace Corps Association’s affiliate groups are the lifeblood of our community. Each one keeps our Peace Corps family connected, advocates on behalf of the Peace Corps and its volunteers, and carries out the Third Goal in its own unique way. That’s why one of the NPCA’s goals is focused on enabling affiliate groups to thrive.
Your NPCA staff and Board of Directors approved new strategies – which I wanted to share with you before we begin rolling them out this week – to expand our community and to make it more robust, inclusive and diverse:
- Going forward, membership in the NPCA will be complimentary for every member of the Peace Corps community – serving Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, current Peace Corps staff, former Peace Corps staff, host country nationals and anyone who shares Peace Corps ideals, so long as we have accurate service and contact information. As of January 1, 2016, the dues required for NPCA membership are eliminated. We will continue to promote, collect and remit dues for affiliate groups.
- This refreshed community engagement approach aligns with our launch of the boldest and most visionary initiative in the 36-year history of the NPCA: the Peace Corps Community Fund. Members will have the opportunity to support the Peace Corps community as Mission Partners through donations to the Community Fund.
- NPCA is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc (PCI) to produce the 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory. Please encourage your members to respond promptly to the postcards and emails requesting them to verify their contact and service information and share their photos and reflections. The print directory – and a searchable online version – will be published before Peace Corps Connect in Washington, DC next September, when we will honor Peace Corps’ 55th anniversary.
In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be writing to fill you in on these exciting plans and how your group can be a part of them. Meanwhile, I invite you to learn more about these initiatives in the Community section of the NPCA website.
Thank you for all you do as members of our Peace Corps Community.”
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1988-1991