RPCV Family and Friends Holiday Gathering – December 8


RPCV Family & Friends
Holiday Gathering

Saturday, December 8th 11am-3pm

Reformed Church of Highland Park

Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime, save the date.

Also, do you have a holiday celebration story from your Peace Corps service to share at the party?

If so, contact rpcvnj.outreach@gmail.com

Farm Gleaning – November 3


SATURDAY, NOV 3rd from 10am-12noon

Pick produce to be delivered to Food Banks through the NJ Agricultural Society’s Farmers Against Hunger Program

Eastmont Orchards
181 County Road 537 East
Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Please review:

Farm Gleaning Guidelines

To register, contact Kelly Matthews, rpcvnj.volunteer@gmail.com


Please join us for an RPCV lunch at Morgan’s Island Grill in Hightstown.


Morgan’s Island Grill is a restaurant specializing in Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken and oxtail.

The Mercer Street restaurant was opened by Hightstown residents Kenroy and Jewel Morgan. Kenny Morgan, a native of Jamaica, has always been cooking up a storm. He also owns a restaurant in Irvington NJ, called Morgan’s Grill. His sister runs this Northern Jersey restaurant.

Kenroy Morgan has been cooking for many years, and he learned from his father. The jerk chicken and homemade sauces that they make are their specialties.

110 Mercer Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: 609-308-2108

Date & Time:
Sunday, October 28 1:00 pm
link to menu here

Please RSVP to Naomi at rpcvnj.social2@gmail.com

Ethnic (Thai) Dining Event – September 22

Date and Time:
SATURDAYSept. 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM 

Thai Kitchen
1351 Prince Rodgers Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

RSVP by Wednesday, September 19th to Doug at 

This is a very busy restaurant, so a very firm RSVP by September 19th is a must to guarantee a seat with our group.

Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Thai Kitchen offers exceptional Thai fusion cuisine served in an elegant, modern atmosphere. At Thai Kitchen Bridgewater, only the freshest of ingredients make it into hand crafted Thai fusion creations.

The dinner menu offers a wide selection to choose from.


Premiere Language a language learning service based in Houston that specializes in providing culturally informed on-site English (English as a Second Language or ESL) and Spanish classes anywhere in the USA.

A new client is in Linden, NJ. There is an agreement to offer immigrant laborers working in our client’s Linden warehouse ESL classes–probably starting within a month.  The plan is to have classes on-site twice a week for two different groups for a duration of 2 hours for each group’s class (4 hours of classes per visit and 8 hours of classes per week).  The class sizes will be smaller with approximately 9 in one and 5 or 6 in the other.

Premiere Language has had great experiences working with RPCV ESL teachers at a number of client sites in the US.

RPCVs in New Jersey interested in picking up some part-time ESL teaching work at this facility in Linden are sought.

Offered: $37/hour for the 8 hours of classes per week plus additional compensation for the commute to the site.

Contact: Chris Franek, Director 
Premiere LanguageWeb:  premiere-english.com
Email: chris@premiere-english.com

2018 RPCV Family & Friends Picnic – June 3rd

2018 RPCV
Family & Friends Picnic

Sunday, June 3rd

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Rain or Shine 
Indoor facility with an Outdoor Feel  

Please bring some food and/or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Ethnic dishes welcomed. Crock pots and warming trays etc. can be plugged in (but no grilling will be available). 

A children’s activity area is available as well as farm animals to pet & possible seasonal farm activities. Tables & chairs will be available in a large open barn-
no need to bring your own.

A Cappella Singing Performance by “MB4”  at 1PM

Prospective volunteers, those who have been invited to join the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve as well as newly returned volunteers are welcome too. RPCV’s from anywhere in NJ and surrounding areas are welcome.


  • 11am-12:00pm
  • Registration/Check In
  • Start Sharing Pot Luck Dishes including Country of Service Foods
  • 12:00 pm  
  • Welcome Comments
  • Ice Breaker Game
  • 1:00 pm – SINGING PERFORMANCE by “MB4”                      
  • Continue Food Sharing & Enjoyment of other activities at the farm
Remember: Rain or Shine
NOTE: No Pets, No Smoking & No Alcohol
RSVP/Questions? Contact Doug Garatina


Mohican Outdoor Center Camping Weekend July 13-15

Mohican Outdoor Center
Camping Weekend

July 13-15th
(Friday night to Sunday afternoon)

RPCV-NJ has once again reserved the Black Oak Camping Lodge at the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, Warren County, NJ near the Delaware Water Gap. The lodge has 5 private rooms with a bunk bed in each room & 2 rooms each containing a bunk bed and a single bed.  This arrangement gives families & friends private accommodations.  There is a full kitchen, shared living and dining space plus several indoor bathrooms / showers.

There are hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail) with stunning vistas and a lake on the property which offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating in a beautiful setting.

Cost per person for the weekend:
Adult  $82.00
Youth (age 13-17)  $69.00
Child (age 3-12)  $67.00

Food arrangements to be coordinated separately.

To participate contact:
Doug Garatina at
First come first served.

Jersey Cares Day – May 5

Join RPCV-NJ in volunteering in Jersey Cares Day on May 5!
Volunteers are needed to revitalize a Jersey City high school by painting school spirited-murals, refurbish a 9/11 memorial, landscape and clean up trash around the campus, and create family-friendly kits to be donated to students.
This event is in the morning. Ages 4+ with an adult.
To register, email Kelly Matthews rpcvnj.volunteer@gmail.com