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DR University Scholarships

You may notice a new category on FDR's donations page labeled "Univ. Pilot Project DPV."  Here's a brief explanation for the somewhat cryptic label.

FDR is exploring a possible program to provide university scholarships in the Dominican Republic to exceptional youth leaders who work with PCVs in Peace Corps' various youth development programs.

As part of the process for developing such a program, we are working with a group of Virginia Tech student-athletes (current and former) and faculty members who are currently providing scholarships to two youth leaders with whom they have worked in Sports for Life (DPV) groups organized by Peace Corps Volunteers. Our work with the Virginia Tech group is serving as a pilot project to work out the mechanics of a similar FDR program that could include some or all of the Peace Corps youth programs.

As part of their fund-raising, they have asked FDR to make it possible for donors to the program to contribute online by including this category on our website. At this point they have sufficient funds for this semester and are working on funding for future semesters.

The category on our donation page is there primarily to support their fundraising efforts. In the future, if and when FDR goes ahead with its own university scholarship program, we will announce the FDR program here on the website as well as elsewhere and begin our own fundraising effort. So watch La Voz and via our own fundraising emails.  Click on the Donate button to the right to donate.

 
Cooperative Agreement between American University and FDR to Safeguard your Peace Corps Material

Friends of the Dominican Republic is very happy to make available to returned Volunteers from the Dominican Republic the opportunity to donate your Peace Corps materials to a special FDR section of the Peace Corps Community Archives (PPCA) at American University. This is an exciting opportunity to maintain the history of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in a professional library where it will be available to family members and researchers alike.

Through a cooperation agreement between the American University Library Special Collections and Friends of the Dominican Republic signed in August, the University's library will accept and recognize donations of materials collected during your PC experience in the Dominican Republic for preservation in the FDR section. American University has been collecting RPCV materials from across the world and you can see many of the materials donated by individual RPCVs online through the AU Library's website. Through this partnership FDR wants to encourage RPCVs from the DR to donate to AU's collection.

FDR has a packet of materials that will explain to FDR's members, their families and other interested parties how the Peace Corps Community Archive 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 regarding 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.

 
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FRD supports projects in the DR

We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic
2015 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.

For 2015 we continued working on our strategic goals:
Goal 1: Focus on Organizational Sustainability
Goal 2:   Strengthen Core Programs
Goal 3: Increase Membership/Supporter Involvement 

FDR’s Significant Accomplishments in 2015
  • Funded 15 community projects in cooperation with Peace Corps and current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic by providing over 4$42,000, benefitting 6,876 Dominicans.
  • Initiated a University Scholarship Pilot Program with former Virginia Tech athletes and staff to send two Dominican youth leaders to college.
  • Provided Program Support Funds to print 100 copies of a Spanish language Brigada Verde manual for use by current PCVs to support their environmental projects.
  • Initiated a partnership with American University’s Peace Corps Community Archives to accept materials donated by FDR’s RPCV members for the Dominican Republic section of the archives.
  • Published five editions of La Voz, our electronic newsletter that was sent to more than 2,800 FDR members around the world.
  • Raised more than $47,000 in new revenue and spent more than $52,000 supporting FDR’s programs and activities. 
Read the full report here.


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 over the past 52 years. It provides small grants to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two FDR program funds (the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund) supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.

 

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 such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 90 projects have been funded as of 2015. 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 APCD staff and Farah Canaán (Grants Committee Coordinator) to obtain the PC-DR 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 .

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.

Peace Corps Invitee

​Have you been invited to serve in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer? If you would like to be matched with a mentor to gain insight into the adventure that awaits you, FDR can help.