New Community Grants Fund Page

Have you seen our new Community Grants Fund page on the website?

It gives you a breakdown of what the fund is all about, the application procedure, and who we’ve awarded grants to in the past! Are you investing your time and energy into our local or global community? Let us help invest with you. Check it out. Submit a proposal. Let’s do this!

Deadline to Submit Proposal: November 30

LPCA’s Community Grants Fund



Cheers for Charity – October 6

Thursday, October 6th, from 5-8PM, LPCA wants to hang out with YOU, your family, and your friends! Cooter Brown’s Tavern & Oyster Bar‘s is generously donating 20% of this SPECIAL EDITION happy hour proceeds to LPCA’s Community Grant Fund!

509 S. Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana

Come out and Cheers for Charity with us! Socializing for a good cause?? This is where Louisiana RPCVs excel.

This is in lieu of our regular happy hour that takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at The Rusty Nail on Constance Street in New Orleans. Don’t worry – we’ll be back to normal in November!

Happy International Day of Peace!

“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality;
to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.”
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Find out more at 

Peace Corps Beyond in DC begins TODAY!


Schedule Overview

Wednesday, September 21

International Day of Peace Film Festival

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Peace Corps community plays a leading role in fostering global peace. Attend this film screening on the Eritrean refugee crisis, followed by a discussion with the America Team for Displaced Eritreans to learn more about the issues and how you can get involved.

Stories of Peace: A Workshop Series 

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

RPCVs have some of the most compelling and inspiring stories. Sign up for this series of workshops to learn how to find, craft and share your story. You will participate in a workshop on Spoken Word Storytelling, a workshop led by John Coyne of Peace Corps Writers and a panel discussion with published RPCV authors led by Marian Haley Beil, co-founder of Peace Corps Writers. Come share your Peace Corps stories and learn how other RPCV have successfully published their memoirs, novels, and poetry.

Thursday, September 22

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Time: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Join hundreds of fellow RPCVs and Peace Corps supporters on Capitol Hill to advocate for a bigger, better Peace Corps. Meet with your Members of Congress and share why Peace Corps matters. All are welcome – whether you served in Peace Corps or not.  No advocacy experience necessary! A training session will be offered.

Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Leaders of NPCAs 150+ affiliate groups gather for an afternoon of networking and exchanging best practices that serve to strengthen our community.

Friday, September 23-24

Conference Sessions 

Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Participate in a leadership summit to explore the Peace Corps community’s response to key UN Sustainable Development Goals. Join over 1,000 members of the Peace Corps community as we hear from leaders in the field and participate in breakout sessions and workshops to delve deeper into your interests.

Saturday, September 24

Conference Sessions 

Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Participate in a leadership summit to explore the Peace Corps community’s response to key UN Sustainable Development Goals. Join over 1,000 members of the Peace Corps community as we hear from leaders in the field and participate in breakout sessions and workshops to delve deeper into your interests.

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Reception

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Peace Corps community in celebrating the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner, Ibrahima Sankare of Mali, a global leader who was influenced by the Peace Corps and who has gone on to significantly impact his country. Light hors d’oeuvre, beer and wine will be served.

Sunday, September 25 

NPCA Walk for Peace

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Show your Peace Corps pride! Join thousands of RPCVs and Peace Corps supporters as they walk in solidarity with Peace Corps ideals.
Save the date! Registration will open shortly

LPCA Community Grants

Part of the LPCA’s mission is to promote charitable, cultural, educational, scientific, and social exchange and interaction between returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the community at large for the purpose of promoting cooperation, understanding and goodwill. To further this mission the LPCA has developed a Community Grants program.Last year LPCA awarded 2 small community grants, one to a PCV project and one to a local non-profit.

BienEstoy is a collaboration between Cooperativa Coopasi and PCVs in Misiones, Paraguay. The grant awarded to BeinEstoy went toward a regional health and wellness workshop for community youth. The wellness workshop teaches participants about the eight dimensions of wellness and how to define and achieve (or maintain) their own optimal state of well-being. This event was organized by Tulane University Masters International student Jazmine McKinney.

Green Light New Orleans (GLNO) invests their energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. GLNO’s Backyard Vegetable Garden program was started in 2012 to help households learn how to grow some of their own food. New gardeners attend the basic “Intro to Organic Gardening” class at GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden, a blighted lot that has been transformed into a demonstration food garden. The grant award went toward GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden creative plant labels and signs to tell garden visitors the amount they can pick and the health benefits of each particular food. This project was submitted to the LPCA by Megan Bayha, GLNO’s Garden Coordinator, whose passion for gardening arose from her experience living in a small village in the Fiji Islands as a PCV.

We would like to be able to award 2 grants again this year to other local non-profits and/or current PCV community projects; however, in order to do so we need to ask for your help. Currently we do not have enough funding in our operating budget to support 2 grants. If you would like to contribute to a few dollars to support our grant program please click the link below. Any amount can go a long way toward making a difference in our local and global community.

Thank you, LPCA Board