National Peace Corps Association Awards More Than $20,000 for Community-based Ebola Relief | National Peace Corps Association

National Peace Corps Association Awards More Than $20,000 for Community-based Ebola Relief | National Peace Corps Association: “Washington, DC — November 20th, 2014 — The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) – a nonprofit alumni organization that champions a lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals – announced today that it has awarded seven grants to community-based projects that address Ebola relief in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The grants, totaling $20,839, were raised in donations through the NPCA website on behalf of the three Peace Corps countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This was the first of several rounds of funding as the NPCA pursues a goal of raising $100,000 for Ebola relief.

‘The Peace Corps community is uniquely positioned to help identify and support efforts in communities where resources can have significant impact,’ noted NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst.

Added Russell Morgan, Dr.P.H., Chair of the Ebola Relief Fund Steering Committee, ‘Together, using modern technology, the affected people in the three countries and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served there have continued to communicate and work at the local community level where the most severe problems exist, and together create practical, sustainable programs for addressing the problems.’

[Visit the site for a complete list of organizations that received aid. Our group, RPCV’s of West Michigan donated $200 toward this fund in November, 2014.]

The NPCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to dispensing 100 percent of money raised to Ebola relief. All contributions are tax-deductible. For more information and to donate, please go to”

(Via. RPCV’s of West Michigan)

2014 Annual Holiday Potluck and Meeting

Annual Holiday Potluck – Meeting for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan

Plan to attend our Annual Holiday Potluck and Meeting. Bring a dish, or a dessert, to pass.

Saturday December 6, 5pm – 7pm. Note the earlier time.

601 Kent Hills Rd NE, GR 49505

Attend our holiday potluck and help plan for next year. Your membership, and votes for support of our work, is meaningful. Help us make next year even better in service and friendship in the Peace Corps spirit.

Bring a dish (for the holiday season, or your country special) to pass and any beverage you may wish. Plates, glasses, napkins and table service, etc., will be provided. This is a festive time to gather and celebrate.

We will review the past year, plan 2015, discuss projects, fundraising and elect officers. I hope to see you there.

Bring your checkbook to renew your membership, buy a 2015 calendar. We have 40 to sell to add to our project giving fund. Your calendar money goes directly, and entirely, towards projects we will support. 

Your membership supports projects directly ($15 local/$50 national which includes the local). 

Fall Work Project

Our Fall work project is this Saturday, Nov 1, 9:00 tip noon at Well House, 600 Cass, SE (between Jefferson and Lafayette).  Please arrive promptly; there is a necessary orientation before work begins.  Tools will be provided.  You need only supply your own work gloves.

The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014 | Peace Corps

The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014 | Peace Corps: “The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 8, 2014 – Today the Peace Corps announced that 17,336 Americans applied for two-year service positions in fiscal year 2014 – a 22-year high for the agency and an increase in applications of more than 70 percent over last year. In 1992, the Peace Corps received 17,438 applications, with the next highest number of applications received in 1979 at 18,159. Today’s announcement follows historic changes to Peace Corps’ application and selection process that have made applying to the Peace Corps simpler, faster, and more personalized than ever before.

‘This milestone reminds us that Americans today want to serve others and make a difference, and we are making great strides to reduce barriers to service and modernize the Peace Corps,’ Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. ‘There is great demand for Peace Corps volunteers around the world, and our reforms have better positioned us to offer assignments where volunteers have the most interest in serving and are able to make the greatest contribution.’”

(Via. rpcvwmi)

Tree Transplant for Habitat for Humanity, Kent County, MI

Today, RPCV’s of West Michigan transplanted a tree for a Habitat for Humanity House in the Wealthy Street area in-between Diamond and Fuller. The Sugar Maple, labor and equipment were all donated to beautify this new home for a young family. This has been a steady, dedicated effort on the part of one of our rpcv’s below. The family was amazed at how this mature tree transformed their yard for their children and the entire neighborhood.

Tree Transplanting

Sugar Maple