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.
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