Category Archives: Outreach

Staten Island Sandy Rebuild – April 5

On Saturday, April 5th, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from New Jersey and New York joined efforts to help Staten Island residents repair and rebuild their homes.

18 RPCVs worked at four different houses, installing drywall, mudding and taping, and framing. On-site training was provided to ensure quality work.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers and to World Cares and All Hands Volunteers for providing the supplies and training!

Jersey Cares Day is Saturday May 3rd

Attention all NJ RPCVs!

This year’s Jersey Cares Day is Saturday, May 3rd.

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as 2,500 volunteers from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing and beautifying communities in 16 New Jersey counties (Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.)

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Help rebuild homes in Staten Island! Volunteer on April 5th!

Calling all RPCV’s with the volunteer spirit! Come help a Staten Island resident get their home back!

Join fellow NJ and NY RPCVs on April 5th from 9am-4pm!

Volunteers will work on homes affected by Superstorm Sandy, on Staten Island by completing deconstruction, mold remediation, or rebuild projects.

Thousands of homes across New York City that were damaged by floodwater or winds from Sandy are still in need of repairs and World Cares Center (WCC) is working with volunteers and partners to ensure that there are no survivors that fall through the cracks. WCC provides comprehensive safety training, worksite orientation, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a T-Shirt and a bottle of water to all volunteers.

If you would like to participate please register at this website:  Put “RPCV SI” in the comment box so you will be included in our group.

*Please register ASAP in order for the coordinators to get an accurate count. More information will follow after you register.*

If you have any questions or are interested in carpooling to Staten Island please email

2013 Outreach Accomplishments

2013 was a great year for RPCV Outreach! We had Returned Volunteers speak at events across the state from Girl Scout World Thinking Day events to College recruitment fairs to school cultural fairs. Over 30 volunteers shared their experiences with groups of all ages. Thank you to everyone who responded to a request for speakers and for your enthusiasm! Please send any photos or descriptions of your third goal experience to so I can share on our website!

As your Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, I am working to bring you more opportunities for outreach events. But why wait? Sign up for World Wise Schools to share your Peace Corps experiences with American classrooms and student groups. WWS is a great way to fulfill the Third Goal of Peace Corps! World Wise Schools also has many classroom resources and ideas for presentations for all age levels right on their website. Don’t forget to register your Third Goal activity and receive a free Third Goal kit containing stickers, bookmarks, and other great items to hand out at your speaking event!

If you are interested in speaking at an event but are unsure of where to start, check out this great resource with helpful tips for giving a presentation on your Peace Corps experience: Giving Presentations is Easier than you Think!  Also, I will be giving a brief presentation on ways to enrich your Third Goal presentations at our annual meeting on March 15th  so don’t miss it!

Yours in service,
Lisa Nicolaison

New Outreach Opportunities

There are many  exciting outreach opportunities for NJ-RPCVs to engage in Third Goal activities! (Peace Corps’ Third Goal aims to  help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries.) Peace Corps Week 2014  will take place from February 23 – March 1 but the activities leading up to that week have already begun!
RPCVs can participate in MANY ways!
  • Girl Scouts’ World Thinking Day is February 22 and many Girl Scout troops request RPCV speakers during the months of February and March. World Thinking Day is when girls participate in activities and projects with global themes and the theme this year is education. For more information please visit the World Thinking Day website.
    Below you will see a list of requests we have received for upcoming Thinking Day events. If you would like to participate in one of the listed events, please email and we will help connect you with the troop leader.
  • Sign up Worldwise Schools Speakers Match to be matched with teachers, student groups, etc. in your area and also check out their website for great presentation ideas and tips.
  • The Video Challenge invites PCVs (and RPCVs) to create and post short videos on YouTube that showcase “Cultural Windows: What I wish Americans knew about my Peace Corps country.” The winner of the Challenge gets to take home a new iPad. Share your experience, creativity and style with the world and win!
  • The Classroom Challenge encourages RPCVs (and PCVs) to connect with U.S. classrooms to share their country’s culture with American students. Peace Corps is posting all classroom presentations on an interactive map! In order to participate, please register your Third Goal activities. Also upon registering your event, Peace Corps will send you a “Third Goal Kit” that includes a Peace Corps map, stickers, bookmarks, a poster and other materials. The more RPCVs that register Third Goal events in New Jersey, the more pins we will receive! Remember, Third Goal events don’t always have to be in classrooms – they can be art exhibits or newspaper articles, talks at libraries or even your workplace.

Save the date! National Day of Action – Feb. 27, 2014

Save the date and join us in Washington DC! The NPCA (National Peace Corps Association) organizes a National Day of Action to lobby on behalf of the Peace Corps.

This year’s Day of Action is February 27, 2014. RPCV-NJ’s advocacy liaison, Rowland Bennett, will be heading down to DC with a number of RPCV-NJ members to talk with our elected representatives.

Join in! We need you! Are you a recently returned volunteer? Has it been a while since you’ve participated in an RPCV-NJ event? This is the perfect time to get involved. Contact Rowland ( for information about what happens on Capitol Hill during the National Day of Action, and for information about this year’s agenda.

You can read about current issues on our advocacy page.

Part of the RPCV-NJ group in Washington DC for the Day Of Action 2013

Part of the RPCV-NJ group in Washington DC for the Day Of Action 2013 – Advocacy Liaison Rowland Bennett on the right and President Barbary Kelly second from the left

Did you know….

..that through fundraising, RPCV-NJ supports Peace Corps Partnership (PCP)  projects primarily of volunteers from New Jersey?

RPCVNJ donated to NJ PCV Gunkelman's PCP project.

RPCVNJ donated to NJ PCV Gunkelman’s PCP project.

Since 2005, RPCV-NJ has contributed more than $12,000 to PCP projects. Volunteers and RPCV-NJ thank you for your support!

Take a look at the PCP projects we’ve supported recently.

RPCVs at local universities

Several RPCVs present will be participating in educational activities in the upcoming days. The week of November 18th happens to be International Education Week through a joint effort of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education .  The goal is to promote understanding of other cultures and international education which fits perfectly with the Peace Corp’s third goal.  Most of the events were coordinated by the NYC Peace Corps recruiting office as information sessions for recruiting purposes but the events at Centenary College were coordinated for International Education Week and were arranged through Allison Wawrin who used to work at the college.


Monday, Nov. 18th  
William Paterson University Information Session:  Dennis Ng & Gerry Gillio Centenary College Display Table:  Doug Garatina & Richard Dalrymple

Tuesday, Nov. 19th   
Drew University Information Session:  Rowland Bennett

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 
Centenary College Career Fair:  Allison Wawrin