American University Library Ready
to receive Donations to the Friends of the Dominican Republic Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives

Following a move to a new location last year, the American University Library is again ready to accept donations to the Friends of the Dominican Republic Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives. The library reopened in October of 2017 and the Assistant Archivist, Leslie Nellis, is excited about expanding the FDR section of the PC Community Archives with new donations from FDR’s members.

The first two donations to the Friends of the Dominican Republic Section of American University’s Peace Corps Community Archive s were made by Geer Wilcox and Kim Herman in 2016. FDR sent out information packets to several DR-RPCVs in 2016 and 2017 and we are encouraging all members that are interested in donating their letters, diaries, photographs and other written materials to request the information materials about how to make a donation. If you’re from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s or even the ‘90’s, now is the time to think about protecting your collection before it gets scattered, lost or destroyed. Thousands of RPCVs from other countries have already donated to the Archives but only two of us from the DR are in the collection! We need more DR contributors so our unique part of Peace Corps’ history isn’t lost.

For those of you who requested the donation materials for the Archives last year, now is the time to complete the organization of your materials so you can donate them to the FDR Section of the Archives. However, please note, the address for sending materials to the AU Library has changed, so contact president@fotdr.org to get the new address before you send you materials!

If you haven’t asked for the information about how to donate your collection of PC materials to the PC Community Archives at AU, just send an email to president@fotdr.org and you will receive the donation materials electronically by return email. Not only will your materials be available for your children, your family and your heirs, it will be shared with generations of researchers and authors for years to come.

 
Opportunities to Become Involved with Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR)
In addition to FDR’s two grant programs, FDR offers a variety of services for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members who served in the DR. These include a database of former DR Volunteers and PC staff members ; La Voz, a regular electronic newsletter; assistance with Professional Development-Networking for Volunteers leaving the DR at the end of their service; and opportunities to work on several FDR projects such as the Community Challenge Fund; the DR In-Country Committee/Program Support Fund; Third Goal Program; the Communications-Website-Social Media Committee; the History Committee; the Membership Committee; the Growth Committee; and, the Fundraising Committee. For more information about these projects and committees, contact the president@fotdr.org.
 
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:

Eligibility:

  • 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 president@fotdr.org.

Prizes:

  • 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

Make a gift

Please consider aiding development projects in the Dominican Republic.



​For other ways to contribute, see our Make a Gift page.


FDR is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Your donation is tax deductible.
 


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Consider renewing your membership with FDR and supporting our mission and programs. If you are registered, login and go to the "FDR Members" (which will appear on the top of this page once you login). You will be able to make a secure online payment.  If you have not registered, you may do so here.

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Living in the DR?

If you are living in the DR, we would like to invite you to become involved with FDR through the Dominican Republic Committee. This committee acts as a liaison between FDR and Peace Corps DR and provides management and oversight to the Program Support Fund. If interested in committee work or are just interested in connecting with FDR in the DR, contact Guy Baehr at DRCommittee AT fotdr.org.











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