Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
of Greater New York (RPCV-GNY)

Promoting a better understanding of other peoples
on the part of New Yorkers

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About Us

The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Greater New York, Inc. (RPCV-GNY), a.k.a. The Big Apple Corps is an active group, organizing 2 to 4 charitable activities and social occasions each month that provide opportunities for former volunteers with the U.S. Peace Corps - and all those interested in international affairs and community service - to share experiences, keep up with local events and work with people in all walks of life.

Current Officers are listed at the bottom of the Join Now page.

Our mission is to serve RPCV's who live and/or work in the greater New York City metropolitan area, no matter which other RPCV groups you are a member of.

Each official member of the “RPCVs of Greater New York” is invited to join our Yahoo! Group "Big Apple Corps" . This can take up to 6 weeks after you join because of the monthly update postings to all affiliate groups. If you would like, you can request the latest newsletter from the webmaster while you wait. The new member can then opt to receive a full version of our regular e-newsletter as well as visit the full Yahoo! Group on the web at any time. The Yahoo! Group will have the latest information and calendar on where and when we are meeting for a variety of events, and the person to contact.

We also have a Facebook page for the group: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Greater New York. We advertise and share some teaser events on this FaceBook page. Acceptance into the Facebook Group is only limited by us to reduce spam. All members can post items of interest. Therefore we approve nearly everyone to the Facebook page. But the full listing of our events and announcements is only available to official members of official RPCV affiliate group as described below.

Somewhat confusingly, NPCA hosts another unofficial "Community" as well: RPCVs of Greater New York .

There is a different New york City NPCA affiliate Group called "Brooklyn/Queens Returned Volunteers Meetup". This Group also holds interesting events in New York City. Since this group does not require any paid membership and they do not push people to join NPCA, we have not yet figured out a way to merge our groups. We think it is fine to be in both groups.

FAQs about the Yahoo! Group for RPCV-GNY

1. Why do you run the group this way? Yahoo is a pain to sign up with.

We have tried other systems in the past. When anyone sends an email out to more than 20 people, some systems filter it out as spam. Some don’t, we know, but we do not know which are even getting 
out of our ISP (Internet Service Provider), let alone into yours and past your filters. We like the ability to have a formatted version of our newsletter for certain graphics. But you may want to refer to the newsletter when you are not at the computer that received it, so we like to have an online version in the “Files” section. The message format does not allow graphics.  

Sending the newsletter out in a “message” version makes the information more quickly accessible for some people. When we send out a newsletter in “message” form another copy stays online in the “Messages” area, so we could skip the announcement of the Word file posting of the same information, but you will quickly learn they contain the same info and it may give you confidence that you do not have to keep the message version or read both.

2. Why do you restrict membership to those who are paid-up? Don't you only promote socializing events? 

We mix some charitable works in. Teresa oganizes Soup Kitchen events regularly because she is serving there anyway. For years Janet led a team that answered letters to Santa from New York kids and families. We sometimes have a team working at a school for “New York Cares Day” but some years it lacks a leader. We do end up with mostly social events, and those are usually low budget, self-pay dining, drinking and city exploration, but that’s only because those are the ones that your fellow members agree to lead. We could use your new ideas, but also your leadership time.

3. Why is membership per year? What do I get?

We charge $15 because that is the affiliate groups’ standard amount. If you have attended any of our events you know that people pay their own way. The main exception is the annual holiday party. (Up to $500 from the Group goes to food and drink, historically). As you can see in the posted financial report file, most of the money we collect is donated to charities selected from our members’ polls.

Last updated 10/14/2013