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.
Winners of the Second History Committee Short Story Contest
FDR is happy to announce the winners of the Second History Committee Short Story contest that was held last year.
The First Place Winner was Jim Shrefler, who served in the DR from 1977 through 1979. Jim’s story, El Manicero
, was selected by a committee of readers who did not know the identity of the author. As the First Place Winner, Jim received a check from FDR in the amount of $100.
The Second Place Winner was Dr. Ron Billings, who served in the DR from 1966 through 1967. Ron’s story, Recollections of a Forestry Volunteer
, gave a glimpse of his early work in the DR in Forestry, one of the early PC/DR programs. As the Second Place Winner, Ron received a check from FDR in the amount of $75.
The History Committee will be making a decision soon about holding a Third Short Story Contest in 2019. Watch for information in future issues of La Voz.
2018 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic had a year of change in 2018, primarily due to changes in the program focus of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where they moved to a focus on Education programs, Youth and Economic Development. As a result, we saw a change in the number of applications that were submitted for the Community Challenge Fund (CCF), which we reflected in our fundraising efforts at the end of the year. Another change for us was the election of Alanna Hughes to the FDR Board in January. Alanna served from 2008-2010 in Vicentillo, El Seibo. Our officers for the year included Kim Herman, President; Peter Hainley, Vice President; John Evans, Treasurer; Randy Mauer, Secretary; and, Janice Jorgensen, Membership Director. Other board members included John Epler, Guy Baehr, James Shrefler, Susan Stine, Christorpher MacAlpine-Belton, Bronwen Raff, Topher Vollmer, Tim Durigan and Christina Houtz.
Read full 2018 report here
Read 2017 report here