Opportunities to Become Involved with Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR)
In addition to FDR’s two grant programs, FDR offers a variety of services for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members who served in the DR. These include a database of former DR Volunteers and PC staff members ; La Voz, a regular electronic newsletter; assistance with Professional Development-Networking for Volunteers leaving the DR at the end of their service; and opportunities to work on several FDR projects such as the Community Challenge Fund; the DR In-Country Committee/Program Support Fund; Third Goal Program; the Communications-Website-Social Media Committee; the History Committee; the Membership Committee; the Growth Committee; and, the Fundraising Committee. For more information about these projects and committees, contact the president@fotdr.org
SAFEGUARD YOUR PEACE CORPS MATERIALS AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) has an agreement with American University (AU) allowing Returned Volunteers from the Dominican Republic to donate your Peace Corps materials to the FDR Section of AU’s Peace Corps Community Archives. American University has been collecting RPCV materials from across the world and you can see many of the materials donated online through the AU Library website. The university library will accept and recognize donations of materials collected during your PC experience in the DR for preservation and access by family, friends and researchers in the future.


FDR has a packet of materials that will explain how the Peace Corps Community Archives was created, what types of materials the library will accept and how to make a donation using a Deed of Gift form included in the packet. The packet will answer most of your questions about what and how to donate to the FDR Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives.


If you have materials that you want to donate, please send an email to president@fotdr.org to receive the donation packet by return email. Several RPCV’s from the DR have already donated material to the archives since the agreement was signed in August of 2015.

 
Renew Membership
Consider renewing your membership with FDR and supporting our mission and programs. If you are registered, login and go to the "FDR Members" (which will appear on the top of this page once you login). You will be able to make a secure online payment.  If you have not registered, you may do so here.
 
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 is provided below.

HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to water filtering systems, electrification, cement floors, improved smokeless wood stoves, latrines, schools, libraries, sports courts and economic development projects. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 108 projects have been funded as of 2016. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated.


After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their Peace Corps country staff to obtain the PC-DR Country Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, at challengefund@fotdr.org.


Program Support Fund Guidelines - The goal of the PSF is to make small (usually under $1,500), but strategic grants to strengthen current Peace Corps programs, make them more effective and to support the efforts of individual volunteers and the people they serve. Previous grants have gone to buy surveying, GPS and pipe threading equipment for use by volunteers; laminating equipment for booklets; to support community training programs; to buy computer equipment to support education programs; and to produce and distribute program materials to new volunteers.


The FDR Dominican Committee is in charge of the Program Support Fund and it is flexible, with a clear application process and straight-forward funding criteria that allow applications from individual volunteers while giving preference to applications that benefit more than one volunteer. The PSF guidelines make it clear that PSF applications must not duplicate projects that qualify for the FDR Community Challenge Fund (CCF). PSF grants should focus on programs that are not related to permanent community infrastructure.


For more information about the new Program Support Fund guidelines, visit the PSF page on our website. You can contact the Dominican Committee Chair by going to DRCommittee@fotdr.org.




We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic

2016 Annual Report

 

Overview

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:

  • 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
Read the full report here.

 

Make a gift

Please consider aiding development projects in the Dominican Republic.



​For other ways to contribute, see our Make a Gift page.

FDR is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Your donation is tax deductible.
 

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Living in the DR?

If you are living in the DR, we would like to invite you to become involved with FDR through the Dominican Republic Committee. This committee acts as a liaison between FDR and Peace Corps DR and provides management and oversight to the Program Support Fund. If interested in committee work or are just interested in connecting with FDR in the DR, contact Guy Baehr at DRCommittee AT fotdr.org.