2009 was a remarkable year for NPCA and the Peace Corps Community. Memorable bookends include an historic role marching in the inaugural parade and helping secure the highest appropriation in the history of the Peace Corps. The $400 million appropriation was $60 million more than last year, and nearly $30 million more than the President requested. This success directly results from the work of thousands in the community who mobilized to secure congressional support.
In 2009, we lost two dedicated RPCVs in the House of Representatives—Jim Walsh and Chris Shays, but gained two new outstanding members—Steve Driehaus and John Garamendi. In Congress, Sam Farr was a remarkably energetic and effective champion.
Aaron Williams was named as the 18th Director and Carrie Hessler-Radelet the deputy director nominee. Both Aaron and Carrie are RPCVS and former NPCA Board members, who have extensive experience in international development and management and bring a bold new vision for re-invigorating the Peace Corps.
We launched two new websites: Peace Corps Connect (www.peacecorpsconnect.org) and Africa Rural Connect (www.arc.peacecorpsconnect.org). More than 17,000 community members have posted their profiles on Peace Corps Connect since January.
NPCA also helped launch the Service World campaign to significantly expand opportunities for Americans to volunteer overseas and increase the impact they have. And despite the global financial crisis, NPCA had the strongest financial success in its 30-year history. All of these successes could not have been possible without your support and engagement. Thank you. 2010, the start of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, promises to be another remarkable year.With gratitude and very best wishes for a joyous holidays and a more peaceful 2010.
Kevin F. F. Quigley
National Peace Corps Association