NorCal News

Letter from the President: Lynn Foden

Posted: 3/2/2015 4:47 PM
Dear Friends, Hello, my name is Lynn Foden and I am honored to be the new President of NorCal.  I am filled with many emotions from excitement to trepidation. Can you remember the day you were a n ... read more

Launch of Beyond Borders Storytelling Series

Posted: 3/2/2015 4:23 PM
February 17th saw a huge turnout for the launch of the new Beyond Borders Storytelling Series.  Around sixty people packed The Dark Room Theater. The theme of the night was *Kiss and Tell* and there was a lot of telling going on that night. ... read more

Peace Corps Guinea and Ebola

Posted: 3/2/2015 4:07 PM
Two Volunteers share their experiences of the weeks leading up to the evacuation of Guinea in 2014 due to the Ebola Outbreak ... read more

Grants Update

Posted: 3/2/2015 4:01 PM
By Marilyn Hyde, Grants Chair Promoting Productive Livelihoods Program in Morazán, El Salvador In 2014, NorCal Grants provided $850 to three PCVs involved in the Promoting Productive Li ... read more

2015 Festival of Cultures Recap

Posted: 2/11/2015 7:47 PM
Click to View More Photos on Flickr The Northern California Peace Corps Association teamed up with the Ohlone Elementary School Global Awareness Team for this year’s, January 31st Annual Festival ... read more

What I Love About Being NorCal PCA’s Global Presenters Outreach Coordinator

Posted: 2/11/2015 7:40 PM
When I saw the listing for an assistant for the NorCal Peace Corps Association’s speakers program, I hadn't been looking for a job. What grabbed me was “speakers program,” because where there are speakers, there are stories, and I love stories. ... read more

Peace Corps Prep

Posted: 2/11/2015 7:37 PM
By Mary Casagrande The NorCalPCA Mentoring program continues to demonstrate value amongst prospective and returned volunteers! Our existing program, Mentoring for Recently Returned Volunteers, ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Megan McMahon

Posted: 2/11/2015 7:30 PM
I was really nervous. I thought I would look at the audience and forget my entire story... ... read more

Congratulations to our newest board members

Posted: 2/11/2015 7:29 PM
Every year approximately half of our board positions open or elections. This year we were blessed by a crop of candidates who bring remarkable credentials and energy to the board. ... read more

Preaching to the Choir Story Jam

Posted: 1/22/2015 10:16 PM
Our final story jam of 2014, the Preaching to the Choir Jam, took place at Salle Events in San Francisco on December 18.  It was a cold rainy night and although the weather outside was frightful o ... read more

How do you talk about Peace Corps Service

Posted: 1/22/2015 9:43 PM
How can a returned Peace Corps volunteer talk about two of the most transformative years of their lives in ten minutes?  ... read more

2015 Board Candidates

Posted: 1/19/2015 12:13 AM
The list of candidates running for open positions on the Board Starting Jan 31, 2015 ... read more

2015 Board Elections

Posted: 12/14/2014 2:39 PM
ABOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION BOARD ELECTIONS The Northern California Peace Corps Association is governed by an volunteer board of directors. Any Northern California Peace Corps ... read more

The Best Year Ever

Posted: 12/9/2014 1:23 AM
By Will Spargur This is my last letter as President of the Northern California Peace Corps Association.  Our ByLaws limit the president to just four years but it has been a thrilling ride never- ... read more

Recently Returned Thanksgiving Transition Workshop

Posted: 12/7/2014 10:43 PM
By Tess Marstaller NorCal’s first Recently Returned Thanksgiving event was a huge success!  Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from two RPCV hosts and the positive energy of 30 parti ... read more

Film Night in San Jose Showcases RPCV Movies, Art and Music

Posted: 12/3/2014 10:13 PM
By Alan Toth The third and final Third-Goal Film Night took place in San Jose on Thursday November 6th. The event was hosted by a San Jose publishing company and art gallery called Art Bout ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Stephanie Starch

Posted: 12/3/2014 9:18 AM
By Will Spargur How did you get involved in Storytelling? I went to a Story Jam and thought, ‘This is cool.’  The stories were so good and I wanted to try it out.  Then I got an email from you ... read more

The Story Jam That Almost Wasn’t

Posted: 12/3/2014 9:03 AM
By John Hoban Sometimes the best projects come together at the last minute. Justina Wu had seen that happen many times as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, but it wasn’t until she volunteered t ... read more

Story Jam Draws Big Crowd in Monterey

Posted: 12/3/2014 9:00 AM
By Sarah Michelle Sterling Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Fall 2014 RPCV Story Jam in Monterey! The event was held at the Monterey Hostel, and we had over sixty people in atte ... read more

Dec 2014 NorCal Grants Updates

Posted: 12/3/2014 8:58 AM
All funding for the NorCal 2014 Grants Recipients has been distributed.  Honey and Beeswax project of the Dumagat Remontado, Philippines ($1,800) Mr. Dazzle Lapadis of the Philippine ... read more