☀️ HoTPCA Summer 2020 Newsletter ☀️

Hi Ya’ll
We the board here at HoTPCA know how things have been difficult lately. We want to send ya'll well wishes. We hope that you are doing well, and staying safe.


Upcoming HoTPCA Events:

Thursday 8/13:  August Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 9/2: Book Club Discussion: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo,  7:30-8:30 PM

Thursday 9/17:September Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday 10/22: Grants Committee Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm

Sunday 10/25: HoTPCA Quarterly Board Meeting, 1-4pm

For more info about upcoming events, click here or email

Order your 2021 RPCV calendar & support HoTPCA!

Are all y'all concerned you won't be able to get your beautiful Peace Corps calendar because of COVID? We can now buy them online. Use our discount code PC4HOTPCA at checkout, when using our code a portion of the sale will go to HoTPCA.
You can buy the calendars here: RPCV Calendars

Texas RPCV groups partnered to host online screening 👏

In late June, Texas RPCV groups from Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio hosted a virtual community screening of Texas RPCVs present A Towering Task. We had a fantastic response from our members and non-members alike and fundraised $1622.50 for racial justice organizations across Texas, including $422 for Austin Justice Coalition! You can watch the recording of the Q&A with the Director here, find more information about the documentary A Towering Task here, and about the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience here.
Special thank you to all who attended, ya'll are amazing!

HoTPCA community grant nominations due 8/16 💸
Grant Committee approves  $500 donation to Colin O'Brien - Bajkaj Village School Bathroom Project in Albania.  


Due to the closure of Peace Corps sites, there are currently a limited number of Peace Corps projects abroad ( While we continue to monitor the statuses of projects abroad, we have also begun the initiative of seeking ideas for local community projects within the Central Texas region. Please fill out the survey to vote on the recipient of community grant funding.
You can find the survey here. Nominations are due 8/16/2020

How to actively contribute to funding HoTPCA grants ✅

Even with COVID, we are still activity identifying projects (local and international) that require funding. While our treasury has contributed over $1,500 dollars to various causes since March, we have not been able to collect the same amount from dues, donations, or Amazon Smile contributions. Please help us support those that need by : 

  1. Confirm your AmazonSmile beneficiary, then save on your favorites bar to support HoTPCA whenever you order from Amazon! 
  2. Pay your dues: $15 dollars a year goes a long way when our entire membership contributes! 
  3. Send us a message if you want to give to a specific cause that we are supporting*(changes quarterly).

Volunteer Opportunities 🤝
If anyone is interested in volunteering with the Red Cross for hurricane season, they have both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities. Check out for more information, sign up with your local chapter, and find out how to become a disaster volunteer.

Street Cat Rescue is a Round Rock based non-profit. They are looking for volunteers to help on the ranch to clean the cat areas, brushing the cats and showing them some love and attention. In addition they are in need of assistance with website development and other marketing material development. If you are interested in assistance please contact Donna Powell at 512-762-3597                   

The Other Ones Foundation (TOOF) provides extremely low barrier employment to people experiencing homelessness, paired with personalized case management that helps navigate services and acquire the resources necessary to fund stable housing and income. They presently have volunteer opportunities through McDonald's on Barton Springs. Volunteers pick up meals from McDonalds at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and distribute them.  If your interested in signing up here:  McDonalds Food Distribution
In addition they are in need of assistance with their Hygiene Clinic from 8a-2pm Monday-Friday. Duties include signing in folks to use the facility and passing out hygiene supplies. Check out their website for more information. If you're interested in volunteers please contact to arrange with him to volunteer.

Austin Creative Reuse is a RPCV founded  nonprofit whose mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. collect, distribute, and sell reusable materials donated from industry and individuals. They are looking for more volunteers. The next volunteer orientation is on 8/15 2020 at 10AM via zoom. You can register for this event Here. you can find out more about ACR here: or

Leadership Program Opportunity 💼  

U.S Global Leadership Coalition has created a leadership opportunity called Next Gen Global Leaders Network  It is a year long training, cultivation and engagement program for diverse and exceptional young professionals (25-35)  from across the country.

Next Gen Global Leaders Network is an effort to invest in a powerful network of next generation leaders who can inspire their communities and their peers on the importance of America’s global leadership and advance our shared belief in building a better, safer world. Participants will learn from foreign policy experts in a virtual training program, take on leadership skills needed to make real change into the future. Next Gen Leaders will attend next summer’s USGLC’s Annual State Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. a great opportunity to network with other young professionals from across the country, join advocacy meetings with their Senators and Representatives, and engage in why America’s role in the world matters. The USGLC will provide media training – both traditional and social media learning how to  leverage their networks and their voices to reach a new, younger audience. Upon completion of the program, participants will join their local State Advisory Committee, deepening the bench of next generation voices who support strategic investments in America’s development and diplomacy programs.

For more information about Nex Gen Global Leaders Network check out their website


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