A quick update on the yard sale fundraiser: the weather was beautiful and it was a VERY successful day. Our preliminary total is $1,420! We have not counted the change yet so the final total will be a bit higher. … Continue reading
…… The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northeastern NY will be having a Yard Sale Fundraiser on SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2015, rain or shine, from 9am* to 5pm. The Yard Sale will take place at 1 Englewood Place in Albany, … Continue reading
From WNYT: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3632693.shtml?cat=10114 Imagine having to flee your country and travel to a foreign land to escape a horrible disease. It sounds like a Hollywood movie, but for about a dozen families who have come to the Capital Region from West … Continue reading
Just a quick update on our Happy Hour Event next Friday (May 2nd) at 6 PM. First, thanks to everyone who RSVP’; it is going to be a fun night. Umana has reserved us the ‘back room’ in the restaurant. It’s a nice open space and we can definitely mingle. We have let the local PCMI programs (School of Public Health and Rockefeller) know about our happy hour and hopefully we will have some future PCV-ers there too.
If you are not sure about whether you can attend, there is still time! As further enticement, Umana has sent us a menu of special small plates they will have for us to order (attached). All prices are inclusive of taxes (but not gratuity). You can also order larger plates off their menu. We decided people can order the wine on an individual basis (rather than trying to find wines that everyone will like) and they will have a bartender available to our group.
We don’t need to order anything in advance; however, Umana asked that I update on approximate numbers by mid-week so they can have ample food on hand. You can order and pay directly at the restaurant.
Hope you can make it. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
See you Friday,
Dear RPCVs of Northeastern New York,
My name is Meghan Kallman, and I am a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. I am writing a dissertation about the relationship between organizations and social change work. I am interested in civic participation, the third sector, and development; in other words, what happens when people try to make their worlds better, and what do formal organizations have to do with that process?
I have elected to write my dissertation on the Peace Corps because I am interested in the effects of volunteering on people’s lives: how are volunteers’ biographies, identities, and politics shaped by participation? How do individual volunteers carry their Peace Corps experience with them throughout their lives and careers? How does this sort of international service experience permanently affect people?
As a part of it, I have created a survey for RPCV’s asking about their experiences abroad. I would be extremely grateful if you would distribute it to your listserv, via Facebook or your social media outlets, and to any other RPCVs in your personal or professional networks. The link is here: https://brown.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0v3sObMYOUf8N0N
You should find the survey intuitive and enjoyable, and it should take about twenty minutes to complete.
This research has been approved by the Brown University Institutional Review (ethics) Board and is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns. I very much appreciate your consideration.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Happy New Year, RPCV Community!
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