November Social and Potluck

Join CARV members, family and friends for the November Social and Potluck on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm at the home of Peter and Flor Brooker. Our speaker will be Melissa Salamon, a recent RPCV from Paraguay. As always, please bring a dish to share.

Peter and Flor live at 6266 Turpin Hills Drive. Their phone number is 513-407-3246. Click on the title of this article for a map and "More" for directions.

Melissa Salamon served in Paraguay from February 2008 through May 2011. She was an Urban Youth Development Volunteer in the city of Coronel Oviedo. Melissa spent the first two years working throughout the city in schools and community centers teaching life skills to teens and young adults. As a third-year extension volunteer Melissa worked with the Municipalidad, or Town Hall, to create a democratically elected Youth Secretary position to initiate youth programming by the city. Melissa is originally from Mentor, Ohio. She attended undergrad at Tulane University and then spent two years as a caseworker for social services in Tampa, Florida, before joining the Peace Corps. Upon return from the Peace Corps Melissa obtained a dual-degree JD and MA in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University. Melissa is currently a lawyer working with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio.

CARV Service Project - Repair Affair

CARV Service Project - Repair Affair

CARV is partnering with People Working Cooperatively in a service project called Repair Affair. This is is a volunteer event that combines the efforts of thousands of volunteers throughout the Tri-State to provide fall clean-up and winter preparation services for low-income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners. It will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 am til 12:00 pm, with the staging area at the Northern Hills UU church in Springfield Township, 460 Fleming Rd, which can be accessed from Springfield Pike or Winton Rd.

Our team leader is Richard Thornton (RPCV Afghanistan). People participating will need to bring gloves, rakes, and other lawn cleaning supplies. Bags will be provided by PWC. PWC also provides a lunch afterwards. Each team will be given five houses to assist and the homeowners will be contacted in advance to let them know we are coming. Click on the button at the bottom of the page for more information.

Interested? Register at and select Richard Thornton as your team leader. He will be in touch by email before the event.

CARV Continues to Support Sherbro Foundation

On August 27th, the CARV Board voted to donate an additional $100 to help the Sherbro Foundation combat ebola. Sadly, we learned from Arlene Golembiewski (Sierra Leone '74 - '76) this week that the virus has struck the town of Rotifunk, where she served in the Peace Corps and her Foundation has been active.

For updates on the situation in Sierra Leone, click on the title of this article or this link:

Click on "More" to see a thank you note that CARV received from Sherbro.

2015 Peace Corps Calendars Available

2015 Peace Corps Calendars Available

CARV is again selling the RPCV calendars produced by the Madison, WI RPCV group. The cost is $8. Calendars will be available at the September and November CARV meetings, and at Oktoberfest. Please have exact change, or a check payable to CARV. To view the calendar, go to These calendars go quickly, and when our 50 are gone, that's it!

Prepare_Affair14_brochure.pdf [1.4 Mb] October 09, 2014
  • November Social and Potluck, Sunday November 9 at 2pm at Brooker's

    Repair Affair Service Project - November 15 from 9 am - 12:00 noon

    CARV Board Meeting, Wednesday December 10th at 7 pm at Robinson's

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