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Assistance for Peace Corps Evacuees

On March 15th the Peace Corps announced it was suspending volunteer activities and evacuating volunteers due to COVID-19.

Resources are available for evacuated PCVs as well as a means for RPCVs to offer assistance to those returning PCVs.

Resources are available for evacuated PCVs as well as a means for RPCVs to offer assistance to those returning PCVs.

  • National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) resource page
  • PCV COVID-19 Support Form – RPCVs in NJ are encouraged to fill out this form if there is support you can provide to returning volunteers. Support may include: housing, jobs, resume writing, emotional support, transportation etc.
  • U.S. Peace Corps COVID-19 Evacuation Support Group – Facebook group (NOTE: this is a group formed by RPCVs not Peace Corps itself)

Any volunteers who are returning to New Jersey are welcomed by the RPCV-NJ organization.
Please feel free to contact RPCV-NJ at

  • Follow and Like our official Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey Facebook Page.
  • Sign up for our distribution list for weekly/biweekly updates on upcoming activities and calls to action and our quarterly newsletters.
  • Check out the RPCV-NJ website for more information about the group. Apologies in advance, the website is undergoing a transition to a new platform so some of the information is outdated.
Welcome back,
From the RPCV-NJ Board of Directors



corona_virusUnfortunately, due to concerns about the possible transmission of corona virus RPCV-NJ is CANCELING participation in any events/activities for the remainder of March & April (including our Annual Meeting planned for 3/28/20). While the Duke Farms service project is actually in May, registration is required by April 4th so it is also being canceled.

However, RPCV-NJ will continue to plan and prepare for future events (advocacy, service, outreach, social etc.) in addition to reviewing the Peace Corps Partnership Program for projects led by
Peace Corps Volunteers from New Jersey
to support financially.

Advocacy News & Your Action Needed

senator_booker_office_meetingAdvocacy participants had an in district meeting with the office of Cory Booker in February at his Newark Office.  During this meeting, volunteers brought up our concerns of budget cuts and asked that the Senator support bringing the funding up to $450 million for the next fiscal year to help Peace Corps grow and fill the requests of other nations for volunteers.

Our biggest success was on Capitol Hill Day, March 5th where eleven NJ volunteers gathered with a couple hundred others to visit the offices of lawmakers to support the Peace Corps. Our NJ volunteers managed to convene 11 meetings this day.  In our meetings we discuss current Peace Corps issues including use of the P.C logo on final resting places (H.R 1411),  and the P.C reauthorization act 3456. This resolution includes funding of $450 million, the Respect Act, increased disability pay from GS-7 to GS-11, and enhanced non-competitive eligibility for recently returned volunteers.

Do you want to help??
People interested in attending in district meetings can contact Susan Metzger as we are beginning to line some up now for the upcoming months.

Take Action! You can follow this link for letter writing actions that includes a call to sign these important Dear Colleague letters.

Susan Metzer, Advocacy Chair