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NorCal News

Oct 11 Point Reyes Service Day

Posted: 11/1/2014
On Saturday, October 11th, twenty-two RPCVs, along with some of their friends and family, spent the day doing trail maintenance in Point Reyes. This event is a long standing NorCal PCA tradition and ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Rustin Crandall

Posted: 11/1/2014
By Will Spargur How did you get involved with the Storytelling Series? I saw that there would be a workshop in Palo Alto.  I wanted not to perform but to learn the structure of how to tell a ... read more

Ukraine: An On the Ground Perspective at the Commonwealth Club

Posted: 11/1/2014
It’s been nearly one year since protestors began gathering in the Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, eventually forcing out President Viktor Yanukovych.  In the following turmoil Russia annexed Crim ... read more

Stories by Candle Light, the Scary Story Jam

Posted: 11/1/2014
On October 30th, the San Francisco Giants were not the only ones celebrating. Last Thursday we celebrated the one year anniversary of sharing cross cultural stories with the public with our second annual Scary Story Jam in San Francisco. ... read more

Changing of the Guard: Our Profound Thanks to Sharon Heiny

Posted: 11/1/2014
Sharon Heiny (Ukraine, 09-10) has been Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter since 2011. She generously donated her time developing content, rounding up volunteer authors and editors, and choosing interesting and unique themes for each monthly edition. ... read more

Banner Image and Tagline Contest for the 2015 Peace Corps Connect Conference!

Posted: 10/1/2014
Calling all designers and creative types! We want your submissions eye-catching banner and tagline to promote Peace Corps Connect 2015 national conference we are hosting in Berkeley on June 5-6. The winner(s) of the contest will receive $250 in prizes. ... read more

Sep 20 Welcome Back Party and Annual BBQ Recap

Posted: 9/1/2014
Come to our Annual Welcome Back Party for Recently Returning Volunteers on Sept 20 to show the newbies their service is appreciated and what a great support network NorCal provides ... read more

August Third Goal Report

Posted: 9/1/2014
This month we are rolling up our sleeves in preparation for a busy year of spreading the Third Goal.  NorCal will be hosting workshops on giving classroom presentations and more storytelling workshops and jams. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Lizzie LaCroix

Posted: 9/1/2014
Lizzie LaCroix is a Development and Outreach Associate at Hesperian Health Guides, the publisher of, 'Where There Is No Doctor'. Although Lizzie is not an RPCV she had a great cross cultural story to tell. ... read more

August Grants Updated

Posted: 8/1/2014
AUGUST 31st IS THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE GRANTS PROPOSALS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. PCV Nathan Arnold in Panama recently provided an update about his Peace Corps project to build arborloo latr ... read more

The Summer Workout

Posted: 8/1/2014
July might be summer break at school but you would hardly know it by how busy our volunteers have been over the last month.  We started on July 7th, with our first ever story jam at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. ... read more

Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! NorCal RPCV Debra Pritc ... read more

June Third Goal Report

Posted: 7/1/2014
Our Breaking Bad Story Jam packed then house featuring 5 Returned Peace Corps Speakers and international guests from Afghanistan and China ... read more

NorCal Selected to Host 2015 National Conference

Posted: 7/1/2014
By Will Spargur, NorCalPCA President I recently got back from the 2014 Peace Corps Connect Conference in Nashville.  I love going to these conferences.  They give me an opportunity to travel and ... read more

Phil Liston 1941-2014

Posted: 7/1/2014
Phil Liston (Colombia 64-66) passed away suddenly on June 30. Phil was a founding member of NorCal, a past president and an active, long-time member of our Grants Committee. Phil was a Co-ops ... read more

Grants Proposals due August 31, 2014

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Grants Program provides an opportunity for NorCal members to support a project in your country of service or a worthy project you know about. We want to hear from you! Applications are accepte ... read more

May Third Goal Report

Posted: 6/1/2014
The Third Goal Report documents our ongoing efforts to promote understanding between peoples of the world, commonly know as Peace Corps' Third Goal. May 3, Third Goal Film Series, Oakland ... read more

Book Review: Kilometer 99

Posted: 6/1/2014
By Meg Carter Tyler McMahon served in El Salvador in 2001, the year two major earthquakes devastated the country on January 13th and February 13th. His novel, Kilometer 99, captures the mora ... read more

World Mural Project at Ohlone Elementary School

Posted: 5/14/2014
By Meredith Vostrejs To raise global awareness, NCPCA supported the painting of a world map mural at Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto. The world map project is a Peace Corps tradition, starte ... read more

April Third Goal Report

Posted: 5/14/2014
April was a jammed pack month with our huge story jam in SF, Volunteer Send Offs in Fresno and San Francisco and much more ... read more