We are recruiting new candidates for FDR’s Board of Directors. We are an RPCV organization that supports current Volunteer projects, shares news and information about the Dominican Republic and promotes an appreciation of the Dominican people and culture. We keep DR-RPCVs connected to each other and to current Peace Corps programs in the DR. And, we are interested in new board candidates that have served in the Dominican Republic in more recent years.
What Do Members of the Board Do?
- Participate in a monthly board meetings and meetings of any committees they serve on, by phone and email.
- Make decisions about our key programs (Community Challenge Fund, Program Support Fund, our newsletter, La Voz, or Mentoring) and help develop new programs to benefit the Dominican Republic and our members.
- Become active on at least one committee or project.
- Help raise and manage money to support the work of current DR Volunteers and communities and FDR.
- Help DR-RPCVs stay connected to each other and the Dominican Community.
- Focus on our strategic goals of organizational sustainability, strengthening our core programs and increasing member involvement.
- Plan and organize RPCV and PCV reunions in the Dominican Republic.
- Participate in the activities of the National Peace Corps Association.
- Have a good time and work hard at our cause.
You can nominate yourself or another DR-RPCV for a board position by sending your (their) name, years of PC service, DR site and project, plus current information about yourself and your interest in joining the board to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Board candidates that are elected will begin serving on the board in January of 2017. Nominations must be received by November 1, 2016.
We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic
2015 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic. We summarize our work quite simply:
We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and supporters. Our members:
Read the full report here.
- Raise funds to support the work of current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
- Advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and
- Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps DR and encourage participation in and support for our work.
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 over the past 52 years. It provides small grants to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two FDR program funds (the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund) supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.
HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 90 projects have been funded as of 2015. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their APCD staff and Farah Canaán (Grants Committee Coordinator) to obtain the PC-DR Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, at email@example.com .