FRIENDS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
“We connect our Peace corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic”
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up primarily of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic. Through two of our primary programs we provide small grants to support projects and programs involving current Peace Corps Volunteers and the Dominican people with whom they work. We do this through two FDR program funds- the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund- supported with donations from our members and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other. A description of each program can be found under the “Programs” drop down tab above.
Announcing the History Committee’s Second Annual Short Story Contest
The FDR History Committee is sponsoring our Second Annual Short Story Contest for RPCVs from the DR. This year we want to encourage you to write a true short story about your experience as a Volunteer in the Dominican Republic that we can keep in our history collection and share with our readers and other interested Americans as part of our Third Goal activities in future issues of La Voz and other gatherings. As promised after receiving comments during the first short story contest, we have increased the length of the entries to 2,000 words. Here are the simple rules for the contest:
- You must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer or former Peace Corps staff member that served in the Dominican Republic.
- The story should generally advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps and be about some aspect of your experiences as a Volunteer in the DR.
Overview and rules:
- The Third Goal Committee will review submitted stories and all decisions with regard to prizes are final.
- Submissions must be received by July 1, 2018.
- Prize winners will be announced in the next newsletter after the review of submissions is completed.
- Submissions should be true anecdotes or short stories of no more than 2,000 words.
- Submissions may not have been previously published or have been awarded prizes from other contests.
- Submissions must be original works and include the author’s name, address, telephone and email address.
- Submissions must include a paragraph stating the author’s Peace Crops service dates, service location, type of service work and/or staff position and dates the position was held.
- Submissions must be double spaced, Times Roman, 12 point type and sent electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The author of the “best true story“ selected by the reviewing panel will receive $100.
- The author of the “first runner-up” story will receive $75.
- The author of the “second runner-up story” will receive $50.
- The authors of all stories submitted will receive acknowledgement of your entry from FDR and all stories submitted will become part of FDR’s History Program and may be used by FDR in the future with proper acknowledgement of the author.
We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic
2017 Annual Report
FDR had a busy year in 2017 with the addition of five new board members: Bronwen Raff, Topher Vollmer, Christopher MacAlpine-Belton, Randy Mauer and Christina Houtz . They have contributed significantly to our work. Our new officers include Peter Hainley as Vice President and Randy Mauer as Secretary. To improve member services we created the Professional Development-Networking committee this year and re-organized the Third Goal committee to include advocacy.
Read full report here