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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information visit the contest website.
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 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
-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
*Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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.
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)
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 email@example.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.)
by P. Jimenez
Group photo of P. Jimenez and the girls served by the soup kitchen in Peru
On behalf of our community in Cutervo Peru, our mother’s committee, and the adolescents & families members benefiting from the Soup Kitchen, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation and support.
Currently 5,030 young students are enrolled in the city public schools of the district of Cutervo, a region located in the northern Andes of Peru. In some urban areas, adolescents who attend these schools live in countryside and need to walk an average of 2 hours each day in order to go to their classes. That is why we concluded that the best strategy to improve this situation and increase the level of attendance and academic/physical performance of these students was to create a student soup kitchen. This Soup Kitchen, opened its doors in October of last year and is currently serving a breakfast snack and a healthy mid-day meal at an affordable rate to 60 students between the ages of 13 to 17. In addition, we built an organic greenhouse to ensure sustainability and the quality of the products served in the soup kitchen.
Students currently participate in trainings that promoted healthy living among adolescents in the community. We focused our workshops on the construction of a well-balanced diet, diarrheal illness, anemia, nutrition, and hand washing techniques. This Soup Kitchen is currently a pilot program but since we have received hundreds of request from parents wanting to have their children participate, we are looking to expand in the future.
The project is being run by PCV’s and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Committee, integrated by 30 leaders of the community; all woman. We know that there is great potential for this project in the future. We look forward to seeing the impact that this soup kitchen will continue to have on our community. Thank you again for your generosity and commitment to the empowerment of women. We look forward to sending you more updates and pictures as we move forward in the process.
RPCV-NJ has an existing committee of individuals who have expressed an interest in working on Legislative Advocacy issues.
Our organization follows the lead of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) which, on their recently
revised website, has established
very well laid out
advocacy section providing
information on key issues and an easy way to connect you with your specific legislators by entering your street address and zip code.
If you can participate on this committee, often by just emailing or calling your legislator (or visiting their NJ office if you have the opportunity to do so individually or as part of a RPCV-NJ organized appointment), please contact:
Joanne Brandwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
You would then be added to the committee to get committee
messages about important legislative issues. Note that these advocacy messages will not be overwhelming.
Please join us on Sunday, January 22 for a buffet luncheon at noon at The Clay Oven Indian Restaurant followed by the “Rainy Days and Sundays” Concert at 2 PM“Rainy Days and Sundays”
The Clay Oven Indian Restaurant
1140 Rt. 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Buffet – $12 Plus Tax
RSVP to Doug Garatina no later than January 14 at email@example.com
Please provide the first and last name and phone number (including area code) of each person attending (this info is needed to get you a seat at the concert and to notify you regarding a snow date decision). Also indicate if you plan to attend the buffet at noon as well as the concert at 2 PM.
Music of the Unforgettable
Female Singers of the 70’s
First RSVP – First Served
(seats for performance are limited for Non-Randolph Residents)
(Snow Date: January 29th – We will notify you by phone if the concert is being postponed due to weather )
Sandy Taylor, Vocals
Maggie Hollinbeck, Guitar & Vocals
Ed Alstrom, piano
The program will feature songs such as
Joni Mitchell’s ‘River,’
‘Blue Bayou’ by Linda Ronstadt,
Helen Reddy’s ‘Candle On the Water,’
‘Landslide’ by Stevie Nicks,
Carole King’s ‘It’s Too Late,’
and of course,
‘Rainy Days & Mondays.’
Concert @ Randolph Township
Free Public Library
28 Calais Road, Randolph, NJ, 07869
It is a FREE concert
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