FRIENDS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
“We connect our Peace corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic”
Friends of the Dominican Republic’s (FDR) Grant Programs Help Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic (DR)
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up primarily of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic. Through two of our primary programs we provide small grants to support projects and programs involving current Peace Corps Volunteers and the Dominican people with whom they work. We do this through two FDR program funds- the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund- supported with donations from our members and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other. A description of each program can be found under the “Programs” drop down tab above.
Winners of FDR’s History Committee First Annual Short Story Contest
In the September 2017 edition of La Voz we announced the winners of the first annual FDR History Committee’s Short Story Contest. Below are links to the five stories that were submitted in order of their recognition for your reading pleasure:
Best Short Story: Machetazos
, Jan Steckel
First Runner Up: The Night Bridge Saved My Life Literally!
, Randy Adams
Second Runner Up: Peace Corps Family
, Dory Trimble
Honorable Mention: Way Back When
, Fred Kalhammer
Honorable Mention: Culture Clash
, Tim Fournier
In an early 2018 issue of La Voz we will be announcing the guidelines for the History Committee's Second Annual Short Story Contest. As a result of comments we received from the authors of the stories above, we will be allowing more words in the second contest. So, please get your stories ready and watch future issues of La Voz for the new guidelines and other contest information and prizes. We look forward to reading the entries in the 2018 contest!
In a strong show of support for the Peace Corps, a record-tying 37 senators have signed a Dear Colleague Letter requesting appropriators to provide the agency with "robust funding" for fiscal year 2018. If you would like to contact your members of Congress and urge them to work with the Appropriations Committee to oppose any cuts to the International Affairs budget, you can
go to www.peacecorpsconnect.org
DR RPCVs and FDR board members Susan Stine and Christopher MacAlpine-Belton meeting with U.S. Representatives and their staff to discuss the strategic value of the sustainable development approach championed by the Peace Corps as well as the particular role that Peace Corps Volunteers play in bridging cross-national divides and promoting American goodwill abroad.
We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic
2016 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic. We summarize our work quite simply:
We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and supporters. Our members:
Read the full report here.
- Raise funds to support the work of current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
- Advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and
- Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps DR and encourage participation in and support for our work