#IgnitePeaceCorps Crowdfunding Campaign

For the past 6 months, the National Peace Corps Association has been working with RPCV Mali and Documentarian, Alana DeJoseph, on the #IgnitePeaceCorps crowdfunding campaign. 

Thank you to those of you who have already contributed and have been conversing with our counterparts from the #IgnitePeaceCorps team (Heather Schultz, Joseph Shaffner, Vivian Nguyen and Andrew Cutrow). 

In the final two weeks of this campaign (which ends April 1), we need your help as leaders within your groups and as supporters of NPCA. Let’s put our leadership and our numbers behind this national campaign to show how powerful we can be as a community. Half of all the funds are going back to supporting affiliate groups.

  1. Make a donation of any amount to #IgnitePeaceCorps:  https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/a-towering-task-documentary-ignitepeacecorps
  2. Join the #IgnitePeaceCorps Challenge:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=Fm5jJUT3nyU
  3. The group that has the most members donate will receive free admission for Peace Corps Connect in Washington, DC in September 2016. We are keeping track by individual donations as well.

    • 1st Place = 3 free registrations
    • 2nd Place = 2 free registrations
    • 3rd Place = 1 free registration
  4. Change your Facebook cover or Twitter header to match the campaign. Images attached.

Questions?  Contact Amanda at asilva@peacecorpsconnect.org or any member of the #IgnitePeaceCorps team with whom you are corresponding.

2016 RPCV-NJ Annual Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and lunch!

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford 

The Kilkenny House
Restaurant & Pub



Potato Planting for Local Food Co-op

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln, Lambertville, NJ 08530


Each year the Howell Living History Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a special crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects.

Visitors to the Farm can join the field crew, planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse drawn equipment. RPCV-NJ members have participated in this event for many years. 

You can sign up for this volunteer event on our Meetup page

You can also just come to Howell Farms on the day of the event.

Parking for Peace Corps Week Event

Parking for Peace Corps Event Week at Rutgers, Livingston Campus
Monday, February 29th
Event parking should be in place as of 12pm and signage has been requested. People will be able to park in Lots Green & Yellow without permits. 
These lots are not labeled on the map provided online  http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/campus/livingston but they are bordered by Rockafeller & Hospital Roads (access from either of these roads) and Sutton Lane. The map shows them as one combined lot but the Green lot extends farther down Hospital Road, beyond the Yellow lot.
For more information about the event, visit this page.

Rutgers Peace Corps Campus Recruiter

In 2015, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, entered into an agreement with the Peace Corps to establish a Peace Corps Recruitment Office to be located on the New Brunswick campus. The Peace Corps Campus Recruiter will work with the Peace Corps Northeast Regional Office to provide information about Peace Corps volunteer service opportunities to Rutgers University and surrounding communities.

Brief Description of Duties: The Rutgers Peace Corps Campus Recruiter (PCCR) will establish a Peace Corps Recruitment Office at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, located in New Brunswick, NJ. Reporting to the Senior Program Coordinator at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), and under the jurisdiction of the Northeast Regional Recruitment Office (NRRO), the incumbent will promote overseas volunteerism, increase awareness of Peace Corps and recruit prospective Peace Corps volunteers. The incumbent will identify highly skilled candidates and specialized skill candidates to serve as Peace Corps volunteers. Although this position is based primarily on the New Brunswick campus, the PCCR will be responsible for conducting recruitment activities on the Camden and Newark campuses as well.

For more information, download this job announcement (.pdf)

Peace Corps Week Celebrations 2016

Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad and renews its commitment to service. This year the theme of Peace Corps Week is Highlighting Happiness: What Does Joy Look Like in My Peace Corps Country?

As part of the week’s activities, Rutgers will be hosting a screening for the film
27 Months, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director and former Peace Corps Volunteers. This event will take place on Monday, February 29th from 7 to 10 pm. There will be a pre-screening reception at 7 pm followed by the screening at 7:30 pm.

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In addition to the film screening, there will be Country of Service Displays provided by RPCVs.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Christie Musarpcvnj.president@gmail.com

A Peace Corps art exhibit is being coordinated in relation to this event.
For details, contact Nancie Gunkelman ngunkelman@gmail.com

Location: Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854
For driving directions: http://studentcenters.rutgers.edu/livingston-student-center/

From http://27months.filmarcher.com
Adventure and idealism may drive Peace Corps volunteers to serve two years in remote communities, but is this enough to overcome the dissonance between Americans and the developing world? Three Americans challenge themselves and their neighbors to bridge cultural chasms and find common ground during 27 months of getting lost, getting sick, struggling with friendship, romance, humor and the nagging worry that all their efforts will amount to nothing.
Directed by Ashley Tindall and shot by Tindall and Clare Major (RPCV Senegal).

Fall Camping Trip Oct 21-23

RPCV-NJ Fall 2016 Camping Trip
Belleplain State Forest

Location:     1 Henkinsifkin Road
Woodbine, NJ 08270

Dates:          October 21, 2016  to October 23, 2016
(3 days / 2 nights)

Facilities:     East Creek Group Cabin –
Furnished living room with fireplace, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers, outdoor campfire rings.
Accommodates up to 30 people.
Located on a lake and accessible to East Creek Trail.
Picnic grove, boat dock, ball field.
ADA Accessible.

Activities: Interpretive center, camping, fishing, picnicking, softball field, playground, trailer launch on East Creek Pond, canoeing, electric motors only, car-top launch, canoe rentals, floating dock on Lake Nummy, shower facility, hiking, nature trails (trail guide available at office), horseback riding, mountain biking, biking, physical fitness trail

Fee: $20.00 per person (for all or part of the weekend) for group camp site rental.
Bedding, camping equipment, food has to be brought by each person.  Once you hold a bunk, you will get a comprehensive list of supplies to help you determine what to bring.

For more information, contact dennissally@msn.com

Rutgers Peace Corps Week Event

Rutgers held an event during Peace Corps Week 2016 on Monday, February 29th, 7-10pm.

As part of the week’s activities, Rutgers hosted screening for the film
27 Months, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director and former Peace Corps Volunteers.

IMG_0684 Panel w no flashPanelists left to right: Dan Turkel, Kim Pernice (RPCV & RU/GAIA staff member), Alan (Student and newly accepted PCV) and Ashley Tindall (film director).

In addition to the film screening, there were Country of Service Displays provided by RPCVs (see list below) and a Peace Corps art exhibit.

MALI Richard Dalrymple
SIERRA LEONE Christie Musa
GHANA Doug Garatina
ETHIOPIA Lauren Mazza
NEPAL Thomas Prol
KENYA Janet Matts

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