Work Day

Thanks to those who turned out to help begin to tidy up the Garden/Reflection area for ICCF on Prospect. Nine people helped weed, relocate plants and begin to give the garden area a Spring refresh.

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Nepal Support after Earthquake

The needs of the Nepalese are numerous after the recent earthquake. The RPCV group Friends of Nepal has been in close contact with people in Nepal and has identified some places where the need for direct support is great and ways to get that support to those who can help. Our group has given $500 to the the Friends of Nepal fundraising efforts to help with this immediate plea for help.

Nepalese Pray Flags

Grand Rapids resident ran out of reasons not to apply, departs soon for Peace Corps

Originally posted on Midwest Peace Corps Volunteers Making a Difference:

Heindel.DeAnna_Kygryz RepublicDeAnna Heindel, 43, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a secondary English education teacher trainer. Heindel will live and work at the community level to provide trainings on teaching methodologies and co-instruct classes with the goal of improving teachers’ skills and students’ performance in English.

Heindel is a 1989 graduate of Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Mich. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1993 from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in publishing studies in 1995 from New York University. Previously, she has worked in publishing, education and administration.

“I first thought about joining the Peace Corps shortly after I graduated from the University of Michigan, as Peace Corps is part of the culture there and the Peace Corps mission resonated with me,” Heindel…

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Peace Corps in Tulip Time Parade!


Calling all Returned Volunteers, Future Volunteers, Friends, Family, Supporters!


I invite you to march with Peace Corps in the MuziekParade of the 2015 Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan- our first time ever! During the MuziekParade thousands of spectators will line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing floats, marching bands, Dutch Dancers, and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration. I am so excited that Peace Corps will be one of those organizations this year!

The Peace Corps will be participating in the MuziekParade on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00. We’d love for you to march with us and help connect you with the broader Peace Corps community in West Michigan. I am hoping that you will show your Peace Corps Pride during the Parade! That means Peace Corps tee-shirts (I know the RPCV group of West Michigan just got shirts), traditional clothing, and/or flags from your country of service! What a great Third Goal opportunity to show the young and old alike our Peace Corps pride.

We’re also going to be rolling with the new Peace Car– a SmartCar decked out in a Peace Corps wrap. It’s awesome, and this will be its first trip into West Michigan.

You can access the spreadsheet here: Tulip Time Attendance Google Doc. It works better in Chrome than Internet Explorer. 

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