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A World A'Fair Needs Your Help

Each year during May, CARV and SORVO team up to provide information and literature about the Peace Corps to members of the general public who attend Dayton's annual international festival, A World A'Fair from May 20-22

Click on this link or the title of this article for more information. www.aworldafair.org

Volunteers staff a Peace Corps table. They answer questions, offer literature about the Peace Corps, and often share some of their own PC experiences to interested festival visitors. In addition. participating volunteers also receive free admissions to the festival (an $8 value).

If you can help, please contact SORVO Group Leader, Jim Dillon at llamajed@gmail.com

SORVO is a much smaller RPCV group than CARV, so it's really important for CARV members to help make this annual joint service project a success. Thanks!
Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Resettlement

A group of CARV members and friends helped sort and prepare household items and furniture for refugee families at the Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio warehouse on Saturday, April 16th. We were very impressed with the process and had a lot of fun.

Over 350 refugee families are expected in Cincinnati this year and much needs to be done to welcome them and help them become part of the community here. CARV will have additional activities throughout the year, but anyone can volunteer individually with CCSWOH. To help at the warehouse at 213 Hosea Avenue in Lockland on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 -2, contact Chris Kramer at Ckramer@ccswoh.org. You can also talk to Chris about donating large furniture items and appliances. To volunteer in other capacities, visit their website at https://ccswoh.org/services/refugees/

Peace Corps Thanks CARV for Donation to GLOW Camp

CARV recently made a donation to support National GLOW Camp in Madagascar, a project of local Peace Corps Volunteer Brianne James. A copy of the letter we received from the Peace Corps is at the bottom of this page.

GLOW stands for Girls Leading Our World. According to the Peace Corps website, "GLOW began in Romania in 1995 through the initiative of a Volunteer interested in engaging local girls from her community through education and empowerment. GLOW has since expanded globally, becoming a cornerstone of Peace Corps’ work in gender and an anchor activity of the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Program. GLOW camps have increased in popularity over the years as an effective tool for promoting girls’ development at the individual and community levels. Through a specially crafted curriculum, Volunteers work to build capacity and foster a network of support amongst the girls in the short-term and positive behavioral change in the long-term. For 20 Lake Alaotra participants, camp GLOW was an once-in-a-lifetime event with resounding impact. In just one week, the girls demonstrated greater leadership skills and increased enthusiasm for their role in the further development of their communities.

Here is a description of the camp. (You can also click on the title of this article.)


NPCA New Membership Model

CARV is a fully accredited affiliate group of NPCA. Many of our members are also members of NPCA and have designated CARV as their local affiliate group when paying their dues. Previously, of the $50 NPCA membership fee, CARV was reimbursed $15. However, NPCA now has a new membership model.

As of January 1, 2016, membership in the NPCA is complimentary for everyone in the Peace Corps community – serving Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, current Peace Corps staff, former Peace Corps staff, host country nationals and anyone who shares Peace Corps ideals, so long as NPCA has accurate service and contact information for you. Go to http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/membership/ to update your information or to join NPCA.

These changes do not affect your membership with an NPCA affiliate group such as CARV. All NPCA members will receive access to basic NPCA programs and services, including digital newsletters, transition assistance programs, member discounts, and our jobs board. Go to http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/community/npcas-new-membership-model-and-faqs/ to read more about the new membership model and find answers to questions.

NPCA is a mission driven organization. There are opportunities to increase your involvement in NPCA's program goals beyond the basic, free membership. For your tax-deductible gift of $50 or more, the NPCA will recognize you as a Mission Partner and extend special privileges based on your giving level. Go to http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/community/peace-corps-community-fund/ to learn more.

How is CARV affected by NPCA’s new membership model? CARV still needs the support of its members in order for us to engage in service projects, support local PC Volunteers through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, promote social activities, and to fund the general operation of the organization.

In recent years CARV has moved from a structured dues/membership model to an open “contribute what you can” approach, with a suggested annual giving level of $15. Our fiscal year continues be July 1-June 30, and we encourage members to contribute something each year if they are in a position to do so. At future CARV bimonthly social meetings, a donation basket will be available for members to contribute. Checks can be made payable to CARV and given to any CARV officer at a meeting or mailed to CARV treasurer, Barry Adamson, 744 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215.

CARV members who choose to become Mission Partners through NPCA may add an additional amount to their NPCA contribution and designate that the amount of their gift above their chosen Mission Partner level be sent back to CARV.
From Ecuador to US: Clay Martin shares his story

From Ecuador to US: Clay Martin shares his story

At the November Social and Potluck, CARV members were able to meet Clay Martin's counterpart from his Peace Corps service, who shared many aspects of his culture with us. Here is an article about Alejandro's visit to the U.S.


Letter from Katie Sylvester, CARV Member and PC Recruiter


I hope this finds all members well in 2016!

It is with a heavy heart to let you know my last day with Peace Corps will be on January 15th. As you know, we can only work for the agency for 5 years, and I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to recruit for 5 ˝! It’s been an incredible experience, especially when I get to partner with passionate RPCVs like each and every one of you. Every interaction, gathering, and event was a pleasure (and a lot of fun ☺) to partner with you to promote Peace Corps in SW Ohio.

In reflection of my past 5 ˝ years, I can’t help but think of all of the friendships built through our common experiences as PCVs, as well as our commitment to keep the organization alive in our own communities. Without your help and enthusiasm, Ohio would not have been able to grow to the 9th producing state for PCVs. Attending recruitment sessions to share your stories and encouraging others to consider this life changing opportunity helped make Peace Corps the thriving organization that it is today.

While this is one chapter that has closed, another one opens! I’m staying in Cincinnati, and am thrilled that I can participate in more RPCV activities. Chicago is planning on replacing me, although that won’t be for some time. However, I’m thrilled that we all will be able to continue to represent and support Peace Corps through our continued meetings and solidarity as a group. Once the new recruiter begins, I know we’ll all - including myself - be ready to assist whoever it is in continuing our great success in SW Ohio. In the meantime, please feel free to relay all recruitment questions to my amazing colleague, Angela Hamilton (who is cc’d) at ahamilton@peacecorps.gov. Angela is the recruiter for Kentucky/ SE Indiana and resides in Louisville.

Thank you again for all that you have done, and I’ll see you at a CARV and/or SORVO meeting! (Although, I will not be at the CARV meeting this Sunday - I have to travel to Chicago one final time). If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email at Katherine.sylvester.81@gmail.com

Thank you everyone- it’s been an incredible journey!

All the best,

Katie Sylvester, MCP
Regional Recruiter – Cincinnati & Dayton
U.S. Peace Corps
RPCV Zambia, 2004-2006
Peace Corps Fellow
University of Cincinnati School of Planning 2008-2010

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