We're excited to announce that Barbara Kaare-Lopez was honored with the 2017 Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award, which was given as part of the Governor's Service Awards, presented by Serve Colorado, on September 7, 2017. Barbara served in Honduras from 1978 to 1980. She was nominated by the board as her "outgoing personality and compassionate naturre has allowed her to connect with and make a difference in many people's lives over the years."

Barbara Kaare-Lopez, 2nd from right, with the 2017 Governor's Service Awards recipients Barbara Kaare-Lopez, 2nd from right, with the 2017 Governor's Service Awards recipients

This is the fourth year that RPCVs were honored during the Governor’s Service Awards. Along with the Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award, the following individuals and organizations were also honored for their service to others:

  • Outstanding Volunteer: Dan Dennie
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: John Vaught
  • Outstanding Community Leader: Tom and Corrine Carrigan
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Book Trust
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Nicolas Sablan
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Vanessa Moore
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps NCCC Member: Julie Vang
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Betty Clark
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: David Ari Collins
  • Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: Barbara Kaare-Lopez

You can read more about each award recipient here.

Know someone who should be nominated in 2018? Let us know!

Do you know an amazing RPCV? Nominate them the Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award!

Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards which are presented in recognition and appreciation of  outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Returning Peach Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
  • Outstanding Community Leader
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni

More information about each category and the awards in general be found here. Nominations are due July 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. and the nomination form can be found here. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Previously honored RPCVs include Casey Burnette (Vanuatu, 2002-2004), Mike and Ann Moore (Togo, 1962-64), and Steve Werner (Korea, 1976-78).

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:21

Celebrate Hospitality During Peace Corps Week

The U.S. Peace Corps is celebrating Peace Corps Week through the video contest "Highlighting Hospitality". Check out the finalists for the contest here and see if your country of service is featured!

Saturday, 11 February 2017 21:52

Support RPCVCO and See the Nuggets


The RPCVs of Colorado is teaming up with the Denver Nuggets for a new and exciting fundraising event! Come watch the Nuggets take on the Celtics and hang out with your fellow RPCVs. The tickets are less than face value, there are three different seating areas to pick from, and $6 from each ticket sold goes to supporting RPCVCO.

This event is not just for RPCVs, so share the link and invite your friends and family, too!  

Click here to find out more about the event, including the pre-game happy hour and how to buy tickets.

If this event is popular, we'll look for similar opportunities with some of the other local sports teams. We hope to see you there!

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