Peace Corps Open 2nd Annual Mini Golf Tournament
RPCV/w announces the first major fundraising event for our 2011 Partnership for Peace Charity of the Year, the Academy of Hope: Saturday, February 26th, 12:30pm-5pm H Street Country Club, 1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

...bringing the experience home.

This Thursday , February 10th, RPCV/W and the leadership of Peace Corps are joining together to host an open forum to discuss Peace Corps in our 50th year . Please join us at Shriver Hall in the Peace Corps Headquarters at 5:30 pm. With the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps upon us, this will be a great opportunity to reflect on the past and discuss how we can work together to shape the future of Peace Corps. This event has limited space and is reserved for RPCV/W members. Please join us to learn, listen, and promote open discussion.

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than on the green sinking a few putts for a great cause, especially in the winter. Tee-off with your fellow RPCVs at the exclusive H Street Country Club for a friendly round of golf and good times. Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to H Street Country Club for the winner. 10% of the net food and drink sales will go to the Academy of Hope. Want to play? $20 RPCVW members $25 non-members (Click HERE to REGISTER) *****ONLY 9 SPACES AVAILABLE***** Just want to hang out and watch? $10 members and non-members. You will still have access to all the fun and games of the Country Club. Consider it a donation to the Academy of Hope. (Click HERE to REGISTER) Tournament Rules will depend on number of registered golfers. ***RPCV/W will have the entire building until 5pm and the games downstairs are FREE***

RPCV/W Celebrates Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary
Would you like to know what RPCVW 50th Committees are doing? The Communications Committee has formed a Blog just for the nitty-gritty details of what is going on from our Social events to what the each committee is doing. Check it out: Committee updates: The committees are always looking for more volunteers! Please do not hesitate to join a committee. Please email me ( about joining. Save the date: March 28th we will be honoring India as one of the first 13 Peace Corps countries with a Photography exhibit and reception at the Stewart Mott house. RPCV Federal Employees Invited! On Tuesday, March 1st, at 12:00 Noon in HUD’s Brooke-Mondale Auditorium, former Peace Corps Volunteers now working at HUD will host the first of a series of events celebrating 50 years of the Peace Corps. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger Lewis, University of Maryland Professor, planner, architect, author and Washington Post urban affairs columnist. Several current HUD employees will also reflect on their Peace Corps experience. Contact Sarah Stewart for more info: Development RPCV/W wants to ensure we have wonderful events for the 50th Please help us raise money by donating. Click here to DONATE NOW! We are also looking for creative ideas from our members on how we can fund these events. If you have an idea or want to join the Development committee please email me

In This Issue:
Pg 1 Highlighted Events Pg 2 Community Service Opps & Events Pg 3 About RPCV/W

Community ServiceUp To... What We’ve Been Opportunities & Events
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Community Service Opportunities
The DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign needs volunteers to help low income families with their taxes. Specifically, volunteers are needed to fulfill two roles: Tax Preparers: Help to raise a family's income by $6,000. One doesn't have to be a professional accountant, just have the know-how in completing an income tax return, or know how to do one's own taxes. They receive 12 hours of free training, broken up in 3 fourhour sessions that occur throughout January, and IRS Certification. Savings Promoters: Help families use their refunds in more pragmatic ways to move up the economic ladder. Promoters will receive 4 hours of interactive training to enable them to help clients save their refunds, enroll in Money Management classes and financial coaching, learn about Bank on DC, and even open direct deposit accounts! Spanish-speakers are needed in both cases as well. To learn more about their work and to register for the campaign, go to

Community Events*
RPCV/W 2010 Partnership for Peace Recipient, the Academy of Hope, currently needs Development/Communication Volunteers to help plan, promote, and lend a had during their days of events, such as the 2011 forums on adult education issues, or the "Ball & Bee" spelling bee for adult teams this May. For those with experience in writing, editing, or doing graphic design for newsletters, you can work with the Academy of Hope's staff to help produce the organization's publications. For more details please contact the Academy of Hope at (202) 269-6623, or email them at Mention RPCV/W when you contact them. Aid El Salvador (February 24, 2011): Join us on February 24th to raise funds so that we can keep sending kids in El Salvador to school this year! Haydees (a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant in Mt. Pleasant) has generously agreed to donate 30% of all SALES to our cause! So please come out: enjoy some live music, food, drinks and company! Visit our website for more on our scholarship program: Friends of Tanzania Celebration (February 26, 2011): Friends of Tanzania/Marafikiwa Tanzania invite our members and their guests to a Special Winter Potluck Party on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Join us at our first celebration this year! To RSVP or for more information, contact RPCV Author Book Signing (February 27, 2011): Stan Meisler will be talking about his new book, just published, When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years at Politics and Prose (5015 Conn. Ave. NW, Washington) on Sunday, February 27th, at 5 p.m. Advocate for Peace Corps on Capitol Hill (March 3, 2011): The Advocacy Program of the National Peace Corps Association seeks volunteers to assist with preparations and participation in our seventh annual National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps. The Day of Action will be held Thursday, March 3rd on Capitol Hill from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Participants will hold meetings with congressional offices and distribute information on key Peace Corps issues. There is also a lot of preparation work, so if you can stop by our offices and volunteer a few hours in the coming weeks, please let us know. Please contact Jonathan Pearson at if you can volunteer in the coming weeks or if you want to help with advocacy on the Hill on March 3rd.

About RPCV/W
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About RPCV/W
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W) was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1990 in the District of Columbia. RPCV/W is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. RPCV/W is a nonprofit 501c3 with over 500 members and representing more than 2,500 returned Peace Corps volunteers, Peace Corps staff, and Peace Corps families and supporters in the greater Washington D.C. area. RPCV/W is governed by an elected board of directors. Our Mission: By fostering opportunities to share our unique experiences and commitment to service, we create a community that celebrates the diversity of the greater Washington area and world cultures.


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Why Join RPCV/W
Benefits of membership in RPCV/W for only $15 a year:
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Members become part of the nation’s largest regional organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Members receive first notification and/or access to a growing list of RPCV/W events, including networking and volunteer opportunities. Members also receive access to members-only events and discounts to ticketed events.

Special Offer

Free Membership for 1 YEAR for Recently Returned Volunteers!!
Eligibility: Anyone that has a COS date less than a year from registration is entitled to one year of free membership.

RPCV/W members shape the organization by electing the board of directors, voting for the charity of the year and by voting on special initiatives, as they arise.

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