Advocacy (30)

The following statement from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) was shared on Jan. 21, 2018.

NPCA President's Statement on President Trump's Remark On Foreign Countries
(On Friday, the National Peace Corps Association released the following statement in the aftermath of news reports pertaining to President Trump's Thursday comments on U.S. immigration policy)

Last week, National Peace Corps Association praised President Trump for his excellent nomination for Peace Corps Director. Today, however, we are obliged to take exception to the disparaging remarks apparently made in reference to the countries - and therein the citizens - which our Peace Corps community has embraced and adopted as our second homes.

Since 1961, nearly 90,000 Peace Corps Volunteers served – and continue to serve - nations in Africa. More than 500 served in Haiti, while nearly 2,500 volunteers served in El Salvador. What we know better than most through living and working side-by-side with the people of these countries is that the vast majority of them are overwhelmingly generous, highly resourceful, extremely hardworking and tremendously resilient. At the same time, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers regularly work with immigrant communities from these and other countries, and understand these traits – which are imported to our shores - strengthen the fabric and traditions of the uniquely American melting pot.

As our President and our policymakers conduct important deliberations on our nation’s immigration policies, let us raise up the level of discourse and debate. Let us bring the world home to America’s classrooms, civic groups and communities, doing our part to create a greater understanding of other people on the part of our own.

Friday, 29 December 2017 03:03

RPCVCO and Partners Welcome Ashley Bell

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On Thursday, December 8, a reception was held for Ashley Bell, Peace Corps Associate Director of External Affairs. The reception was organized in partnership with the Global Livingston Institute and Partnering for Peace, the affiliate network group working to strengthen ties between Rotary and Peace Corps. Though Mr. Bell has been to Denver a few times since being named Associate Director of External Affairs, this reception was the first time there has been an opportunity to talk with him about the future of Peace Corps and how to further the partnership between Rotary and Peace Corps. Following a brief time to mix and mingle and words of introduction from the various co-hosts, Mr. Bell spoke for a while and responded to questions from the reception attendees.

Mr. Bell shared some details about his background, including that he is a Rotarian, former small business owner, and lawyer. With a passion for volunteering, he expressed his understanding and appreciation for the commitment to service held by Peace Corps Volunteers. He recognized the power of RPCVS to promote and keep the iconic Peace Corps program going. In response to questions about the future of Peace Corps, Mr. Bell shared that there is strong support for Peace Corps in Congress, but it will be important for every PCV, RPCV, and Peace Corps friends and family members to talk to members of Congress about the important of the program. Peace Corps is currently going through a "right sizing", with staff positions in D.C. not being filled in order to direct funding directly to the countries served by Peace Corps. If there can be an increase in the number of volunteers, that might lead to increases in the number of D.C.-based staff in the future.

In response to questions about how to further the Peace Corps and Rotary partnership, he shared that these organizations with "such similar DNA" have only scratched the surface of the possibilities for partnership. In his role with Peace Corps, Mr. Bell shared that there is "nothing more important every day than supporting volunteers in the field" and the connection to resources such as Rotary is one way to provide this support.  He encouraged attendees to become in involved Rotary Clubs and seek out opportunities to partner at the local level. This includes seeking out local Peace Corps staff with a connection to Rotary in the countries served by Peace Corps. This is seen as a way to demonstrate there is grassroots support for this partnership.



Thursday, 08 June 2017 15:53

Ask Colorado Senators to Sign Letter by June 9

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Dear Friends:

This morning the Peace Corps urgently needs your help.

A document vital to Peace Corps’ future is now circulating in the Senate: The Peace Corps Funding Dear Colleague Letter. By signing onto this letter, Senators pledge to support robust funding for the Peace Corps for fiscal year 2018.

Please urge your Senator to sign now.

With the president’s proposed cuts to the Peace Corps—potentially denying many more Americans and host country communities the opportunity to partner in peace, progress, and understanding—it is up to Congress to restore the agency’s resources.

But the turn-around time is short. Senators have until this Friday, June 9 to sign the Dear Colleague Letter. That’s our deadline, too.

After you email your Senator, please forward this email to your networks. Two minutes of your time could mean another American has the opportunity to serve our country and fuel the next generation of American leadership.

With graditude,




Glenn Blumhorst

President and CEO

National Peace Corps Association


Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:17

NPCA Endorses Sen. Murphy's Budget for 15,000 PCVs

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Recent advocacy news from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the endorsement of "Rethinking the Battlefield," which is U.S. Senator Chris Murphy's (D-Conn) alternative budget proposal representing a powerful vision for American leadership in International Affairs. This proposal includes funding for 15,000 Peace Corps Volunteers by 2022.

While growing Peace Corps to 15,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in the field is an exciting vision, the current focus for advocacy is the request to maintain level funding of Peace Corps at $410 million. NPCA has assembled great resources to help with advocacy efforts ranging from details on how to connect with elected officials to how to submit letters to the editor or otherwise gain media attention about the importance of Peace Corps. Check out the resources here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:32

Take Action to #ProtectPeaceCorps

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News released by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) on March 16, 2017.

Just hours ago, President Trump’s 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.

The top-line cuts to International Affairs will have potentially serious impact on the Peace Corps, including greatly reduced Volunteer numbers, the inability to open new country programs or expand in others, and diminished cross-agency partnerships with PEPFAR and USAID.

I know that the Peace Corps community will not let this happen.

In anticipation of this announcement, National Peace Corps Association launched the #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign to ensure the future of the Peace Corps. By mobilizing our grassroots and grasstops communities to advocate to Congress for the Peace Corps, our goal is to hold the line for no less than current funding levels of $410 million for the Peace Corps and $60 billion for International Affairs.

We will achieve this through an unprecedented mobilization of the Peace Corps community.

Right now, take your first step in the campaign by urging Congress to provide adequate funding for the Peace Corps and International Affairs. 

Your continued activism will be crucial, so join the #ProtectPeaceCorps movement. 

Friday, 10 March 2017 15:21


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A message from the National Peace Corps Association on March 10, 2017

This past weekend, the Trump Administration confirmed that it will propose "fairly dramatic reductions" to International Affairs in a budget to be released on or around March 16. The cuts, reportedly upwards of 37%, would have significant impact on America's diplomatic and development programs, including the Peace Corps.  

To ensure the future of America's greatest institution, NPCA is launching the #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign to mobilize our community and secure no less than level funding of $410 million for the Peace Corps, and $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget.

NPCA is currently working with Advocacy Coordinators and Affiliate Group Leaders to mobilize the community. Stay tuned for more announcements and actions.

Take Action Now: Urge Congress to support robust funding levels for the Peace Corps and International Affairs.

Monday, 30 January 2017 01:48

Join NPCA Efforts to Support Refugees

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The following message was shared by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Given the important reminder of the oath given by Peace Corps Volunteers, it is being shared by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO).

In Support of Refugees

In 1958, then-Senator John F. Kennedy wrote A Nation of Immigrants. The text outlines the history and importance of immigration to the United States, as well as proposals to liberalize immigration law.

As one of his first presidential acts, President Kennedy established Executive Order 10924 to promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps. Since 1961, 225,000 Volunteers have been welcomed in 161 countries — including Muslim majority ones, as well as many below our southern border. As foreigners, we were accepted without prejudice into homes, schools, offices, and houses of worship by our hosts.

At the time, each of us made an oath: I promise to serve alongside the people of my Country of Service. I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind. I promise to foster an understanding of the people of my Country of Service, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect. I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility, and determination. I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond. In the proud tradition of Peace Corps’ legacy, and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family past, present, and future - I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Because of this, those of us who have served in the Peace Corps have a special responsibility. We are tasked with sharing, in a spirit of humility and respect, what it means to be an American. We must speak up on behalf of the refugees who have now been prevented from entering our country and receiving our welcome in return. 

Now is the time to rededicate ourselves to the mission and goals of the Peace Corps, to commit ourselves to constructive dialogue – to representing the open hand of America, rather than the closed fist.

To do this, multiple channels exist:  

  • Call 202-224-3121 to connect with your member of Congress. Ask to speak with the foreign policy or homeland security staff representative. Pledge your support for refugees and disapproval of the executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Learn more about your representative's statements on the executive order.
  • Send an email to urge Congress to reject intolerance.
  • Connect with the NPCA affiliate group, Peace Corps Community in Support of Refugees, to learn how to take local and national action.
  • Contact local resettlement affiliates to inquire how to lend support.
  • Engage in community-level activities with your local affiliate group. Ask RPCVs to sign up with NPCA to receive updates and information on key issues.
  • Join our nationwide National Days of Action, March 3 - 15, to meet with Congress at the district level and urge their support of Peace Corps values.
  • Donate to NPCA’s advocacy efforts to bolster our presence on Capitol Hill and provide more grassroots opportunities for you to advocate.

Our national security depends not on building walls, but bridges. Peace is a product of friendship and understanding, and the Peace Corps community demonstrates our lifelong commitment to those ideals by following through when it’s needed most.

In service,



Glenn Blumhorst
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1988-91

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:15

Advocate for national service in 2017 budget

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If you’re like me, you know the incredible value of service. And if you’re like me, you know that many more Americans should have the opportunity to serve.

Today, National Peace Corps Association is teaming up with Service Year Alliance and Voices for National Service so that Congress knows how America feels about the power of service.

Please join me in calling and writing your members in the House and Senate to urge them to prioritize national service in the 2017 budget.

Take action now.

The link above will connect you with your member offices and give you guidance on what to say. A few minutes of your time could mean a lifetime of change for an American and the community they serve.

Congress has until December 9, 2016 to reach a budget deal that will fund federal programs through 2017, including funding for service year opportunities like the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and YouthBuild. Today we have the opportunity to stand with our partners in service and ask Congress to provide more opportunities for Americans to serve their country at home and abroad.

Please take sometime from your day and tell Congress: LET US SERVE.

If we want a greater culture of service in America, it starts with us.

In service,




Glenn Blumhorst
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1988-91

Sunday, 13 November 2016 17:00

NPCA Looking for Stories of RPCVs

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In preparation for upcoming advocacy efforts, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is looking for RPCVs willing to share three to four sentences about life after Peace Corps. Any RPCV can respond to this request and NPCA is hoping to profile the amazing, innovative, and dedicated individuals and couples who served in Peace Corps and now work in businesses, non-profit organizations, for the government, in the media, and more!

If you're interested in being profiled, reach out to Megan Gilmor, Advocacy Intern for NPCA, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-293-7728, ext. 20.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 22:03

Congratulations Steve Werner on Outstanding RPCV Award!

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We're excited to announce that Steve Werner was honored with the 2016 Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award, which was given as part of the Governor's Service Awards, presented by Serve Colorado, on September 15, 2016. Steve served in Korea, with his wife Patti from 1976 to 2978. He was nominated by RPCVCO because "Steve's approach to volunteerism and service is that of a global citizen - someone who does not just work to address the needs of those he meets on a day-to-day basis, but instead he seeks out ways to serve others at home and abroad."

In demonstration of his continual dedication to service, Steve left for Peace Corps Response in mid-September and was unable to attend the awards ceremony. However, he shared the following message that was read at the ceremony:

"I want to thank the RPCVs of Colorado and especially Suzanne Smith, president, for nominating me for this award. I also want to thank everyone who supported the nomination but especially friends Suzanne Hammer, Rotary and work colleague, and Charlie Hunt, Rotarian and returned Peace Corps volunteer colleague. I also want to thank my wife Patti Werner, who served with me in South Korea from 1976 to 1978 and my children Brian, Matthew, and Christine and Christine’s husband and children, Rick Garcia and Vivian and Amelia. Finally, I also want to thank past recipients of this award and all of the Colorado returned Peace Corps volunteers and staff who have served over the years. I really believe that we stand on the shoulders of giants when we are recognized by this type of award.

In closing, I want to recount something I was told by a Korean Ministry of Health senior staff person who spoke at our Peace Corps Korea reunion back in Korea several years ago. He worked with several volunteers when we did tuberculosis control work in rural health centers. He told us that Koreans could have solved their huge problem with TB without Peace Corps, but that PCVs motivated them to work harder because they were impressed that we took time from our families and lives to help Korean people. They appreciated that we did that and made friends with the Korean people. Many volunteers do incredible work with the technical aspects of their assignments, but the longer term benefits of Peace Corps come from the relationships and example that we demonstrate through our service. I’m proud that the State of Colorado is the leading state in the per capita number of Peace Corps volunteers and how we are using our experience to help our fellow Coloradoans."

This is the third 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: Wendell Schuler
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: Frank Perkins
  • Outstanding Community Leader: Julie Reiskin
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Community Reach Center
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Lyndsey Williams
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Grace Fullmer
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps NCCC Member: NCCC Team Sun 2
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Steve Austin
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: Garett Brownlee Plantz
  • Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: Steve Werner

Find the news release about the event here and learn more the awards here.

Know someone who should be nominated next year? Let us know!

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