At the annual board retreat this past weekend, the RPCVs of Colorado (RPCVCO) granted over $2,000 from the Don Curtis Giving Fund to 3 current Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) projects. Money from the Don Curtis Giving Fund comes from the sale of Peace Corps calendars and other merchandise.Two of the projects had ties to Colorado (the current PCV is from Colorado), while the third project's focus was related to our 3 year area of focus on gender and health issues.

While we were able to provide the remaining funding needed for the gender and health project on RUMPs, the two projects by Colorado volunteers still need additional funding. Please consider contributing to these great projects and support currently serving Colorado PCVs.

Colorado PCV Projects

  • Integrated Business Development Center, Benin: This project will create a community business development services center that facilitates community meetings, particularly for the savings group members to encourage continual growth of the savings group structure and other community economic development. RPCVCO gave $1,000 to support this project. Click here for more information. This project STILL NEEDS FUNDING.
  • Toilets R 4 Us, Lesotho: Builds toilets for a local high school. RPCVCO gave $400 to support this project. Click here for more information. This project STILL NEEDS FUNDING.

Gender and Health Project (3 year area of focus)

  • RUMPs Project, Uganda: The project will teach 1,500 girls about menstrual hygiene management and women’s reproductive health, and at the end of the session they will go home with a reusable menstrual pad that they made themselves.RPCVCO provided $ 604.40 to complete funding for this project. Click here for more information.

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!

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