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Center for Great Neighborhood - The "Fourth Goal"?

Center for Great Neighborhood - The "Fourth Goal"?

At the May 13th CARV Social and Potluck, Pete Nerone (Togo '83 - '87) proposed a "Fourth Goal" for RPCVs: using the skills and attributes you used during your Peace Corps time to continue to serve the community back home. He pointed to his colleagues, Adam Rockel (Macedonia '04 - '06) and Kate Green (Moldova '09 - '11) who are on the staff of The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, KY. Adam and Kate both served in community development in the Peace Corps and are applying these very techniques to their work here. Of course, Pete is doing the same thing, as a board member of the CGN.
Adam gave us a little background on the Center. It was founded in 1976 as a community development corporation focusing on citizen engagement. Areas of focus include financial literacy, youth, community development and planning, leadership development, health, creative place-making and real estate. Adam is most involved in real estate, where the Center helps families rehabilitate homes, seeking to increase home ownership rates and stabilize the community. The beautiful historic building where the Center's offices are located, and where CARV met, is another example of the rescue and repurposing of real estate property.
In Macedonia, Adam participated in various community development efforts in an NGO focusing on environmental policy, but also organizing a popular bike race and establishing multi-ethnic leadership camps for boys (both of which are still going strong). His Peace Corps service was a "great experience," with great relationships with wonderful people.
When Kate returned from Moldova, she was consciously seeking for a domestic version of the Peace Corps. She became a University of Cincinnati Coverdell fellow and interned with the Center for Great Neighborhoods, which hired her as soon as she finished her program. In Moldova, Kate taught English but her experience evolved into community development, which was and is her passion. She founded an empowerment group for boys and girls that tackled the problem of solid waste management in their town of 3,000 people. She also headed up the Girls Leading Our World program for Moldova, creating a curriculum guide that can be used by PCVs throughout the country to establish leadership camps. Kate maintains her friendships in Moldova and recently returned with her new husband to visit.
Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Resettlement

A group of CARV members and their kids joined out Syrian family at Middleton-Mills Park in Covington on President's Day for a truly American experience. We learned how pioneers and Native Americans tapped maple trees, syrup and sugar. We drank sweet sap directly from the trees and participated in the whole process. The Syrian kids wondered if there were elephants and tigers in the Kenton County woods and everyone had a terrific time.


Why Peace Corps Matters: Two Messages From NPCA

NPCA President, Glenn Blumhorst writes to everyone in the Peace Corps family about the the future of the Peace Corps under the soon-to-be Trump administration. See his message at

RPCVs and friends of Peace Corps are encouraged to express to President Elect Trump their feelings re. the importance of Peace Corps. Find suggestions for points to include in your message to Trump at

CARV Needs Your Support!

The CARV Board voted at its June 13, 2016 meeting to convert to a calendar year dues structure. Dues are $15 per member for 2016 and will remain at $15 for 2017. If you have made a 2016 payment to CARV, that is fine. If you canít pay that is fine. No one will be dropped. If you can afford to make an additional donation, that is very fine!

Your dues permit CARV to continue to support local PCVs through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), fund special projects, hold events for area RPCVs, and meet our operating expenses.

A local Peace Corps Volunteer, David Vanness, has asked CARV for support of his PPCP water project in Morocco. (See

However, we donít have adequate funds to donate to this worthwhile
project and still meet minimum banking requirements and current expenses, including the July 17 CARV/SORVO picnic which CARV is hosting.

This message is sent to over 240 CARV members. In 2015, only 23 members supported CARV with dues or donations, less than 10% of our membership.
Will you please support CARV so that we can continue to remain an active and viable NPCA affiliate group.

Make checks payable to "CARVĒ and mail to Barry Adamson, CARV Treasurer,
744 Springfield Pike., Cincinnati, OH 45215. Please contact him if you have any questions:, or 513-720-4569.

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