Our Mission

Mission Statement

We, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles, are a non-profit corporation composed of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers residing in or near the greater Los Angeles area. Together we share a commitment to promoting cross-cultural awareness and international development.

Our mission is to build and maintain an active team of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for community service and social interaction. Additionally, we aim to inform the community as to the goals and accomplishments of the Peace Corps.

As part of the united and vibrant Peace Corps community that is the vision of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), RPCVLA supports NPCA's mission to champion lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals. We welcome and encourage all in the Peace Corps community to join and engage with us, with NPCA and with other NPCA affiliate groups. Join us!

 

Board Positions

The following is a complete list of RPCVLA board positions. All filled positions will be available at the annual meeting.

President
Oversees overall direction and policy for RPCVLA. Provides guidance on social and policy goals for the year and ensures alignment to Board by-laws and rules. Schedules and leads monthly board meetings. Assists with the organization and planning of all events, as needed.

Vice President
Facilitates communication. Responds to emails to RPCVLA. Helps to promote activities by creating flyers or email blasts. Works closely with the Activities Coordinator. Fills in for President when s/he is absent. Organizes RPCVLA’s largest fundraiser event, The Annual International Dinner.

Secretary
Takes minutes at all board meetings (or finds a substitute). Distributes the minutes via email to board members.

Treasurer
Keeps accurate records of all accounts in the general fund and Yamanaka Fund, showing all details and keeping receipts of board-approved expenditures and reimbursements. Monitors funds raised from merchandise sales. Writes checks for all expenditures and makes deposits. Coordinates with Membership Director for membership information and dues. Disseminates financial standing to the board at monthly meetings.

Membership Director
Updates the membership database in a timely manner. Coordinates with the Treasurer the recording and sharing of new and renewing membership information with/from NPCA. Responds to email inquiries regarding membership, including Thank You emails upon joining.

Activities Coordinator(s)
Develops and coordinates activities for the group. Collaborates with Vice President to promote activities and inform group members of upcoming activities via email. Creates and sends invitations for planned events. Events to include: Annual International Dinner, holiday celebration as well as board developed activities. Works to promote community service projects. The distinction between Activities and Events Coordinator is that the Activities Coordinator focuses on occasions that are led/organized by the Board.

Webmaster
Maintains and updates website. Coordinates with Membership Director, Activities Chair and Newsletter Editor to periodically update the website with current information. May also include design and creative input to website. WordPress experience a plus!

Community Service
Coordinates and promotes RPCVLA participation in community service events. May inform group members of possible advocacy opportunities that individuals may want to support. Actively recruits RPCVs and possible groups in order to promote the Third Goal.

Yamanaka Fund Director
Primary contact person for current PCV grant applicants.  Keeps consistent contact with fund recipients in order to follow up on and document the community project.  Reviews all grant submissions with the Yamanaka Committee to decide if grant specifics meet all Yamanaka Fund criteria.  Additionally, the Director promotes the Yamanaka Fund through fund raising efforts and communication with in-country PC Offices.

PC/LA Liaison
Facilitates communication between the Peace Corps Los Angeles Recruiting Office and RPCVLA Board. Arranges for PC Office to be aware of all RPCVLA events. Contacts PC Office when events are open to Nominees and Invitees.

NPCA Liaison
Facilitates communication between the National Peace Corps Association and the RPCVLA Board.

Events Coordinator
Supports our mission of providing social opportunities for our members. Events can include: TGIS (Thank Goodness It’s Saturday) dinners, happy hours, and concerts. The distinction between Events and Activities Coordinator is that the Events Coordinator focuses on providing members a platform to meet and socialize.  Additionally, the Events Coordinator solicits/responds to events suggested by members.

Marketing Coordinator
Serves as public relations person by writing and sending quarterly newsletters, devising creative ideas to get members more involved, and updating Facebook account.  Works with webmaster to update website and edit online publications.

Members-at-Large
Participate on committees to support specific events or coordinate specific activities.

If you’d like to see the current list of board members, click here.

Become a Member

Join RPCVLA to stay connected and support Peace Corps community initiatives! 

       
 

 

We are an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

NPCA is the nonprofit alumni network at the center of a vibrant community of over 220,000 people who share the Peace Corps experience. NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more