“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
That’s a big question. It was famously posed by President John F. Kennedy, who established the Peace Corps in 1961. He staked the bold idea on a challenge to U.S. college students, urging them to volunteer for two years as positive change agents in developing nations. Since then, nearly 220,000 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have served in 140 host countries.
Today, some say the idealism of the original volunteers has worn off. We disagree. Polls show that young Americans are more interested than ever in building a better country, a better world, through efforts like Peace Corps.
Mission & Goals
In the spirit of the Peace Corps experience, the Greater Birmingham RPCVs promote a continuing commitment to the community, local and global. Our goals are:
- To develop a social and community action network;
- To remind ourselves and educate others about why we served;
- To provide support for potential, current, and recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers;
- To promote public awareness and support for the Peace Corps.
Specifically, we work in many ways, as you can see from different parts of this site, to “bring the Peace Corps experience back home” and keep it alive.
“… Ask what you can do…” It’s still a big question.
Become a Member
Join Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to stay connected and support Peace Corps community initiatives!
We are an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).
NPCA is the nonprofit alumni network at the center of a vibrant community of over 220,000 people who share the Peace Corps experience. NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more.