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#
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.