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#ProtectPeaceCorps

President Trump’s "skinny" budget proposal requested drastic cuts of 29 percent to the International Affairs budget, which includes the Peace Corps. While funding for the Peace Corps is not specifically referenced, it could face disproportionate cuts when the full budget is released later this spring.

Reminder: tomorrow (March 24) is the deadline to have your Representative sign onto the "Dear Colleague" letter on Peace Corps funding. Check to see if your Representative has signed and, if not, please help get the signatures in by tomorrow! Details on the #ProtectPeaceCorps page.

NPCA's #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign is mobilizing our community to secure no less than level funding of $410 million for the Peace Corps and $60 billion for the International Affairs budget. Get involved. Get your members involved. Spread the word.

Learn more on our weekly webinars for Advocacy Coordinators and Affiliate Group Leaders. We will provide important updates and urgent actions.

Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/181419862

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,181419862# or +16465588656,181419862#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 181 419 862
    International numbers available

Every group should have an Advocacy Coordinator. Don't have one yet? Designate one of your other officers to join in or contact us to designate your group's Advocacy Coordinator.

 

RPCV Leaders in the Workplace

Do you have a lot of RPCVs in your workplace? Would you like to keep them better connected and engaged in support of Peace Corps ideals? Consider formalizing as a Workplace Affiliation Group (a.k.a., WAG) with NPCA! (Did you know that we have seven such formal groups already?)

We've scheduled a special happy hour with representatives of Workplace Affiliation Groups both formally and not yet affiliated with NPCA. Learn about current activities and future plans. What resources and tips help facilitate the affiliation process - both within the workplace as an employee group and with NPCA? 

WAG Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 4 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Penn Social, 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC

Current WAG leaders will offer short comments and advice, but the event will focus on the opportunity for you to mingle, socialize, learn and have fun! RSVP (and start your networking!) via the listing on the NPCA website event calendar.

See you at Penn Social! Look for the sign with the NPCA logo.

 

Seeking Strong Board Candidates

You know who they are. Your group would not be where it is now without them. They are amazing community organizers, entrepreneurs, fundraisers, and marketers. Just think how they could strengthen our whole Peace Corps community if they were on the NPCA Board of Directors.

Send them our way. Have them express their interest in NPCA board service. We'll be in touch to follow up and talk with them about how they can best serve our community. Thank you!

 

Coming Soon - Annual Group Renewal

You've been asking for it and we've been working on it: the annual affiliate group renewal. This is the time each year about now when we check in with each affiliate group to see how things are going. It's also a great time to let us know how we can help you thrive.

How can you prepare for it? Hopefully, you already have what you need and have been sharing it with your members. Then you'll just need to share it with us. What will be needed: an activities report and a financial report (if you handle any money) for calendar or fiscal year 2016. That's pretty much it. Stay tuned as to when and where to submit it. (And if you haven't yet done so, post those to your website and/or email it to your members.)

 

Monthly NPCA Virtual Meet and Greet

Held the third Wednesday of each month at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom (phone option, too) and hosted by different NPCA staff members, here is your opportunity to get the latest community news, learn about resources and opportunities and garner tips on how you can capitalize on all this community has to offer. Bring your ideas and questions, too, as there is lots of time for Q&A.

Next up: Wednesday, March 19 - host TBD

Showcase your group and share your best practices - lead a webinar! Interested? Contact us to learn how.

Affiliate Group News

Get on Board with NPCA's New Community Builder Platform

The new NPCA Community Builder platform is here and ready for NPCA affiliate groups to get on board!

The new platform - hosted by SilkStart - is an all-inclusive system for member management; website creation, hosting, and administration; communications and marketing; calendar and event organization; fundraising campaigns; and payments and invoicing.

Groups attending the Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) last week got a comprehensive introduction to the website/database platform and how it benefits groups. If you were not able to attend the AGNAM, please take five minutes on each of these two items:

  1. Watch this short video for an overview of the tools and features of this new platform.
  2. Complete and submit this short survey to assess your interest in and expectations of adapting the platform for your group.

For examples of websites that use SilkStart’s platform, please have a look at NPCA and NorCalPCA’s websites.

Thank you for completing the survey!

Ready to transition your group to SilkStart? Have questions about transitioning to SilkStart? Email NPCAGroupWebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org

 

Helping Your Group Thrive

 

Grow Your Membership

When one group adds 20 paid members in a flash, we take notice. So, how did New Mexico Peace Corps Association achieve that last fall? They contacted NPCA to get language they could post to their community on how to join/renew in our new system.

We're sharing that language (and links) with all groups. Simply fill in your group's name where indicated and send it out. Try it!

Thank you for supporting <<GROUP NAME>>. As you may know, <<GROUP NAME>> is an official affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), an organization dedicated to advocating for a bigger, better Peace Corps and strengthening the Peace Corps community, including groups like ours.

NPCA recently launched a new website – complete with a new online portal and community directory. On your profile, you can add a photo, share your story and send messages to your Peace Corps friends. We encourage you to check it out!

And, going forward, please join and renew your membership through the NPCA’s website. It allows you to be part of the online directory, and you can join more than one group at the same time.

Please follow these steps to renew:

  1. Head to NPCA’s website: www.peacecorpsconnect.org

  2. If you’ve been a member of NPCA in the past, you’ll already be in the system and just need to retrieve your login. To do so, click on “Sign In” and use the “Forgot My Password” link to reset your login information. (Your username is your email address).

  3. Once you’re logged in, hover over the “Connect” tab on the main menu and a pop-up will appear. Click on “Your Membership.”

  4. On the next page, you can select your NPCA engagement plan. There are lots of options, from becoming a free member, subscribing to WorldView magazine or becoming a Mission Partner. In the box below, you’ll be able to select <<GROUP NAME>>. You can just start typing the name, or scroll through the dropdown menu. Select as many affiliate groups as you like!

  5. On the next page, you’ll fill out your payment information and then you’re all set! Thank you for renewing!

If you have never been a member of NPCA before, instead of following the directions above, you can simply click the “Join” button and create a new profile. You’ll still be able to select your NPCA engagement plan and <<GROUP NAME>> as your affiliate.

If you have any trouble with this process, just reach out to npca@peacecorpsconnect.org for assistance.

Thank you for all you do for the Peace Corps community!

 

Permanent Group Emails

More and more groups are switching to "permanent" emails for their board members, e.g., president@rpcvw.org. Great! We encourage groups to consider that option, which facilitates communication between you, your members, NPCA and beyond. No more updates to make as your officers change.

If you have such permanent emails, we suggest that you use them to set up "permanent" accounts for those positions in the NPCA database. Go to our home page, click on "join now" in the upper right corner and fill in the required fields, including those permanent emails. Then contact us and we'll make sure they are linked to your group listing in the Affiliate Group directory. As your officers change, you just need to log into those records and update the names and they will automatically update on our website. Easy!

 

Membership Lists and Dues Deposits

On a monthly basis, NPCA compiles all of the affiliate group memberships that came through the NPCA community builder platform over the previous month, deposits payments directly into group bank accounts and sends membership lists to groups. During this launch phase of the community builder platform and until we have a place for group administrators to download their own membership transactions, we will email those reports directly to the group leaders as designated. December dues payments were deposited into group accounts on January 19, January dues payments on February 10, and February dues payments on March 17. Individual memberships in affiliate groups via NPCA continue to rise, so check your email for your group-specific membership list and your bank account for your deposit.

If you haven't yet done so, please designate your points of contact. Check your listing in the Affiliate Group Directory and, if necessary, let us know to update your listing.

 

Membership Renewals

Our new platform is automated to send out membership renewal reminders both 30 days and 10 days before each individual's renewal date, with a final reminder on the date the renewal is due. With the new platform and new look, some of those messages may be overlooked.  Remind your members to activate their profile, check their membership status and renew! We'll be sending some overdue reminders, but your members might appreciate a reminder from you, too! (We've shared some text at the top of this page. Simply copy that and send it out.)

ACTION ITEMS

Take our short survey on your group's interest in adopting the new NPCA Community Builder (SilkStart) platform.

 

Take action in support of Peace Corps!

NPCA Staff Calendar

Meet and Greet (Riverside, CA; Friday, March 24) - Glenn Blumhorst and Amanda Silva

We love meeting you all at group events. Do you have one coming up that you'd like one of us to attend? Drop us a quick invitation!

Be sure to add your group events to the community calendar!

Time-Sensitive Reminders

  • Take our short survey to Let us know your interest in our new NPCA Community Builder (SilkStart) platform
  • Register for the April 19 webinar: NPCA Meet and Greet
  • Join our special webinars for Advocacy Coordinators on Tuesday evenings (see the article at left)

Groups that are forming

Utah - contact Eric Goldman at ericbgoldman@gmail.com

North and/or South Dakota - contact Tammie Harris at DakotaRPCVs@gmail.com

Zambia - contact Joe Ford at jmf704@gmail.com

The Gambia - contact Vanessa at vanessalj@gmail.com

Need some help forming a group or recruiting members? Contact us!

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Adrienne McCloud at mccloud.adrienne@gmail.com

 

Do you need some assistance getting your group up and running? Contact us!