Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary (PFP)is an organization of
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and Rotary club members who since 2010 have been working together to foster a more formal partnership between Peace Corps and Rotary International (RI) to enhance the work of PCVs and Rotary clubs globally.
PFP’s initial task was to develop the terms of the alliance and to help both Peace Corps and RI to implement it. The alliance was adopted in 2014, and PFP began to help foster
partnership projects in the field. As part of that work PFP also began to formalize its structure, processes and relationships. It established membership policies, created several board committees, and reached out to other organizations including the National Peace Corps Association (NCPA), state and local RPCV groups, and many Rotary/Rotaract clubs and districts.
In light of the alliance’s initial successes, PFP helped Peace Corps and RI update and renew the agreement in 2015, ushering in a more extensive phase of PFP work. Those efforts have helped lead to dozens of projects worldwide. To better fulfill its expanding role in supporting the alliance, the PFP board decided to evaluate its efforts to date and devise a clear strategy for continuing to move forward.
The plan is built around a set of strategic commitments involving PFP’s mission, vision and goals.
To promote collaborative and partnership efforts between the communities of the Peace Corps and Rotary under the terms of the alliance to meet and carry out the partnership’s objectives and each organization’s strategic priorities.
To improve service and friendship locally and globally and to support the alliance by helping Rotary clubs and districts, PCVs and RPCVs, and PC country staff work together on projects and collaborations that are consistent with the goals of both Rotary and Peace Corps.
To promote collaborative efforts among Peace Corps and the Rotary family so that every Peace Corps post and Rotary/Rotaract club and district knows about, understands the benefits of, and can act on the partnership to carry out appropriate projects that
benefit the people and communities that PCVs and Rotary clubs serve.
To implement these strategies PFP will adopt both top-down and bottom-up
approaches. It will rely on close working relationships with and support from
the key national and global organizations and on a wide range of grassroots
efforts domestically and abroad. The plan also depends on the work of a
flexible and dynamic PFP board.
- Raise awareness among and educate the entire Rotary family and PeaceCorps community about the benefits of collaboration.
- Provide information and resources to these and affiliated organizations to assist them in locating and engaging each other for collaborative projects.
- Provide examples, guidance and documentation of successful projects.
- Encourage institutional changes and incentives among these organizations to facilitate more effective collaborations.
- Provide meaningful engagement opportunities for PFP members.
- Organize PFP effectively to support these goals (via appropriate changes in its governance and in its committee, advisory board, membership and volunteer structures and services).Enter your text here.