Volunteer Opportunity with Special Olympics New Jersey – June 11

Summer Games is the culminating competition event for nearly 2,500 athletes from throughout New Jersey who compete in the sports of aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track & field. Athletes are joined by hundreds of coaches, volunteers, family members, friends and spectators.

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Location: The College of New Jersey, Ewing
Event: Track and Field
Time: 6:30AM to 4:00PM

18 Volunteer positions are open for this event. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. RPCVs of NJ would be assisting with the awards ceremony for each of the events. As it was explained to me by the staffer at SONJ, unlike some athletic events where medals are presented at the end of the day, the medals for this event are awarded shortly after each event, from the morning through the afternoon.

The volunteer shift will be from 6:30AM to 4:00PM. Check in for track is 6:30 a.m. with orientation at 7:00 a.m. and competition beginning at 8:00 a.m. There is a break for lunch and volunteers can certainly take breaks and work with the committee member of track awards on scheduling breaks. Unfortunately we are not able to have shifts due to only one mandatory orientation in the morning and to continue the flow of awards once we get started. Track will conclude about 4:00 p.m.

We volunteer sign-ups by the morning of Friday, May 26th. If we don’t fill positions then they will be passed along to another group.

If interested, please send an email to RPCVNJ.volunteer@gmail.com with the following information:

1. Full name
2. Email address
3. Mailing address
4. Date of Birth
5. Shirt size
6. Telephone


RPCV-NJ Attends Trenton Thunder Baseball Game

Sunday, May 21 was a beautiful day for a baseball game, and 15 RPCV’s and family members enjoyed a picnic and Trenton Thunder  baseball game at the Arm and Hammer Stadium in Trenton.  We cheered for Trenton, but in the end, the Portland Seadogs won with a score of 1 – 0.


Jersey Cares Day Beach Clean up Project – May 6


Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: Island Beach State Park
Time: 9AM to 12PM

Volunteers will clean up the beachfront of Island Beach State Park.

If you want to join the RPCV-NJ group for this service project, please RSVP to Kelly Matthews rpcvnj.volunteer@gmail.com


After signing up for the RPCV-NJ Team, you will be provided with details on when & where to meet, how to dress, what you need to bring with you etc.

Celebrating Peace Corps Week 2017

RPCV-NJ collaborated with two NJ Universities and Peace Corps recruiters on two major outreach events to celebrate Peace Corps week. RPCV-NJ extends thanks to Monmouth University and Rutgers University for their efforts to encourage cross cultural education and to support the Peace Corps.


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Monmouth University has implemented the first Peace Corps Prep program in New Jersey. The students from that program along with the program director Frank Cipriani arranged for a Film Festival on Tuesday, February 28th. Other partners in this outreach effort were NJ Recruiter, Dan Turkel and RPCV-NJ. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) spoke about Hospitality in their Country of Service,  accompanying the showing of videos from the Peace Corps contest held this year celebrating the hospitality theme. RPCVs also set up tables with artifacts and photographs from their countries of service, fielding questons from the students and other members of the public about their Peace Corps experience and respective country(s) of service.


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The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) at Rutgers University hosted its second annual Peace Corps week event. The celebration included a panel of RPCVs discussing hospitality and answering questions and other RPCVs providing display tables from their country(s) of service. Jon Breen, Peace Corps recruiter based at Rutgers and Kim Pernice,Senior Programmer at GAIA and Rick Lee, Director for Global Programs and Relations arranged for an excellent venue on the College Avenue campus to accommodate the table displays, panel discussion and interaction with the students and public. RPCV-NJ worked on this event in cooperation with Rutgers staff.

2017 Peace Corps Fund Third Goal Writing Contest

The Peace Corps Fund announces its 2017 writing contest. Prizes range from First Prize of $1000, Second Prize $500 and numerous Honorable Mentions of $250. Top prizes will be published on the Peace Corps Worldwide website and promoted throughout the Peace Corps community.


  • Must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer or Former Peace Corps Staff
  • Submissions should generally advance the Third Goal of the Peace Corps Act: To increase the understanding of the peoples served on the part of Americans.

The Third Goal Writing Contest Overview and Rules

  • The Peace Corps Fund will appoint a panel to review submissions whose decisions are final.
  • Submissions must be received by April 30th.
  • Winners will be announced at the National Peace Corps Association Conference, August 1st.
  • Submissions may include, poetry, essays or short stories. No submission may be more than 5,000 words.
  • Submission may not have been previously published or have been awarded prizes from other contests.
  • Submissions must be original works and include author’s name, address, telephone and email address.
  • Submissions must include a 1 paragraph biography of the author including Peace Corps service dates, country and/or staff positions held with dates.
  • Submissions must be double spaced, Times Roman, 12 point type and sent electronically via email.

Founded in 2003, the Peace Corps Fund is an independent, 501-c-3 nonprofit organization founded by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to support and advance the Third Goal of the Peace Corps: to increase the understanding of the peoples served on the part of Americans. Donations to the Peace Corps Fund are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Contact: peacecorpswriters@gmail.com

For more information visit the contest website.

Thai Dinner – Feb 25

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An ethnic dining event took place at Thai Kitchen in Bridgewater on February 25th.
Most of the attendees were fortunate to arrive at the restaurant right before the skies opened up with a torrential downpour.  As before the food was delicious, service excellent and company enjoyable.

Peace Corps Week 2017

Peace Corps Week is approaching, beginning at the end of February (Feb 26-Mar 4). Below is information for two major outreach events which RPCV-NJ is collaborating on with the respective Universities and NJ’s Peace Corps Recruiters to celebrate the establishment of the Peace Corps.
RPCVs are welcome to attend either or both events and help education others on the Peace Corps experience.

Tuesday, February 28th 

Monmouth University
-RPCVs will speak about hospitality in their Countries of Service
-Peace Corps contest videos on Hospitality will be viewed
-Attendees will mingle & view RPCV Country of Service tables*
Refreshments will be provided by
Monmouth University 

*Please contact rpcvnj.outreach@gmail.com if you are available and interested in setting up a display table for this event. 

Thursday, March 2nd
Rutgers University- College Ave Campus

1. Information Sessions including RPCV Global Tables
2. Screening of Hospitality Videos
3. Panel of RPCVs for a Hospitality-themed discussion
Event and refreshments provided by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA)

Trenton Thunder – Baseball Game & Picnic – May 21

Second Annual
Baseball Game & Picnic
Arm & Hammer Stadium
One Thunder Road, Trenton, NJ
Sunday, May 21, at 1 PM
(Picnic buffet 12:30-2:00pm)

RSVP & payment needed by April 21

Join us this Spring for an afternoon enjoying “America’s Pastime” as the Trenton Thunder take on the Portland Sea Dogs at the Arm and Hammer Stadium in Trenton. Enjoy the baseball game from a table in the stadium’s private picnic area, located above the visiting team bullpen. We will have access to a delicious buffet-style 90-minute picnic (see menu below). 
Pricing: $28 per person (non-refundable) –  (includes ticket to the game and the picnic buffet).

Picnic Menu: All beef hot dogs, Hamburgers/ Cheeseburgers/Veggie Burgers, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Garden Salad w/dressings, Baked Beans, Watermelon Wedges, Ripple Chips, Thin Pretzels & Cookies. Water & Fountain sodas are complimentary for 90 minutes, ending on hour into the game. Other beverages available for purchase throughout the game. 

Outside food & beverages not allowed in the ballpark. 

More Details: 
Cost for Parking = $5 per car. Parking lots are located in front of the ballpark, in the parking garage near Rho Restaurant and across Rt. 29.
Picnic Times = 12:30-2:00 (1/2 hour before game time to 1 hour into game)
Young Children: 
Children 3 & under are free, but must sit on your lap or stand.

IMPORTANT GPS NOTE: If using a GPS device to locate the stadium, you may need to enter the stadium neighbor’s address: “50 Riverview Plaza”. Not all GPS devices contain the stadium address of “One Thunder Rd”.

RSVP —FIRM RSVP date of Apr 21.
We are limited to 20 people for this event, therefore it will be first- come- first- served. Please sign up ASAP to secure your seat.

The RSVP for this event is a two-step process, and BOTH steps must be completed by April 21.   
First, RSVP by email to Doug at  
rpcvnj.social@gmail.com and tell us how many people will be in your party and their full names
Second, send a check made out to RPCV-NJ (and write “TrentonThunder Game” in the memo section) — cost is $28 per person. Mail to: Doug Garatina, 89 Old Turnpike Road, Port Murray, NJ, 07865  Your check must arrive by April 21 at the very latest.

How To Get Your Tickets-— After your check is received, your name will be put on a “Will Call List”. When you arrive at the stadium on game day, go to one of the “Will Call” windows, tell them your name and tell them you are in the Returned Peace Corps Group, show them your I.D. and get your ticket. Then go to the picnic area one flight up and to your left.

Rain Date— if the game is called due to rain before anyone is allowed in the stadium, they will reschedule us for another picnic/ ball game. But if people are allowed into the stadium and then the game is cancelled due to weather, they will only reschedule our game seats (not the picnic, and there will be no refunds). This is because the picnic buffet starts at 12:30 (before the game begins) and people could have already eaten their food before the game is called for rain.)