Step 1: Get to know your community #50RPCVsby75th

This is a first in a series of blogs on how we can make it to 50 RPCVs in Congress by Peace Corp’s 75th Anniversary. https://peacecorpstopolitics.org/2017/08/25/50-rpcvs-in-congress-by-peace-corps-75th-anniversary/

You want to run for Congress one day? or just simply want to make a difference in your community? 90% of the time we strongly encourage everyone to start small.

This advice is eerily familiar right?! Well, it was the first thing we learned as PCTs (Peace Corps Trainees).

We are confident you are already volunteering and practicing the 3rd goal. However, this first step is to go beyond simply telling your Peace Corps story and use volunteering as a way to get to know your community.

Local communities thrive on volunteers whether it is a volunteer firefighter or for one of the many community service groups. We have seen RPCVs do very well as local volunteers.

When you volunteer locally, you may begin to understand your community in ways you may have never have had otherwise. You meet people from all walks of life. You begin to understand the issues. As an RPCV, meeting different types of people may seem easy for you but it is seen as a positive skill.

Yes, we all have jobs and families but many times volunteering locally only requires little of your time. It may be as much as once a week for a group such as the Rotary or once a month for the local environmental commission. Most activities are planned well in advanced.

We are inspired by the following quote:

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.
~Author Unknown (quote obtained from here)

Some of our RPCV Political leaders started their political career path by simply volunteering locally.

Thoughts? Questions? Let us know! email us at  info@pctopolitics.net

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PC to Politics is run completely by volunteers. We support RPCVs running for office at all levels from local to the federal level. We also depend on small donations to continue to support these candidates. Please consider contributing (here) to PC to Politics to help us reach our goal of 50 RPCVs in Congress by 2037. 

 

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