Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

BARPCV past events

Community Servings
Ten BARPCV members gave a collective 40 hours preparing and packaging hundreds of meals for home-bound residents with acute life-threatening illnesses throughout Massachusetts at Community Servings on Saturday, January 10, 2014. From assembling and packaging meals to chopping celery, we had a GREAT time!

Restaurant night at Teranga
On December 15, 2014, seven RPCVs ventured to the South End to feast on Senegalese food at Teranga. Owner and head chef Marie-Claude Mendy chose a menu for the group, who feasted on a variety of traditional appetizers and entrees. After the delicious and filling meal, Marie-Claude came out from the kitchen and chatted with the group, and reminisced with the two RPCVs in attendance that served in Senegal. It was great evening, and we look forward to having future dinners at Teranga!

Thanks to all who volunteered for Cradles to Crayons!

There were seven Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who packed 62 packets for children ages 0-12 at Cradles to Crayons on Saturday, October 18, 2014. We had a blast "going shopping" in the warehouse filling orders for children. From matching the right hat with a winter coat to picking out some great new shoes, we had an amazing service experience together! 

New Member's Party

Was a great success!  Thank you to David Sears for hosting the party.

2014 Canoe Trip

11 BARPCV members and friends drove up to Brownfield, Maine for the 2nd Annual BARPCV Camping and Canoe trip over the first weekend in August. They set-up the group campsite on Friday, and then spent all day Saturday floating on the river before returning to their site. Bonfires, s'mores and fun were had by all. If you'd like more information on how to participate on events like this, contact our Sports Chair, Erica ( to be added to the Sports & Rec email distribution.

Summer Picnic and Field Day 

On July 29th, BARPCV held its summer picnic and field day.  Family, friends and pets came together to BBQ, break eggs between their legs, participate in relay races (carrying water on their heads) and other fun activities.

Special thanks to the organizers: Shane, Erica and Lucy!

Community Service 

BARPCV had a blast at Community Servings on Saturday, May 10, 2014, as 11 volunteers gave a collective 44 hours preparing hundreds of meals for home-bound residents with acute life-threatening illnesses throughout Massachusetts. Community Servings is an incredible organization with a dedicated staff and we had a great time!

If you interested in participating in community service activities, please let us know:

May 2014 Welcome Back/Send Off

On May 2, 2014 Charlotte Golar Richie spoke at our biannual WBSO

Charlotte Golar Richie, a BARPCV (Kenya 1981-1983), was a candidate last year for Mayor of Boston. She recently served as a Co-Chair of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Transition Team. 

In her five-month campaign for mayor, Charlotte finished in third place in the Preliminary Election, garnering nearly 16,000 votes (14 percent) in a 12-person race.
Charlotte has a strong background in federal and state advocacy; youth education and job training; housing and community development; and a respected record of commitment to public service and political activism. She is a proven leader and seasoned administrator with strong ties to diverse constituencies. Prior to launching her mayoral campaign, Charlotte served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Advocacy & Government Relations for YouthBuild USA. In that role sheoversaw national and state advocacy for public funds, constituency development, and government relations, and led the national campaign to preserve federal funding for 273 YouthBuild programs operating in 46 states.

Charlotte has extensive experience in state and city government. She is a former State Representative for Dorchester and Roxbury’s Fifth Suffolk District, and Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development. She worked in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration as Senior Advisor for Federal, State and Community Affairs, where she advanced the Governor’s legislative agenda; and she also served as Executive Director of the Deval Patrick Committee, where she led the political team that set the stage for the Governor’s 2010 reelection campaign, fundraising and expanding his base of support.

As Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Charlotte served for eight years in Mayor Thomas Menino’s Cabinet, and advised him on city policy, legislation and community relations. She managed a 200-person department with $100 million budget, including federal grants which funded housing, economic development and human service programs. She oversaw the Leading the Way I & II housing production and preservation campaigns, through which the City started nearly 18,000 units of housing.

Marathon Monday

53 BARPCV members spent a collective 477 hours volunteering with the Boston marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. At Hydration Station 23, we prepared both Gatorade and water to hydrate the athletes as they ran, walked, sauntered, cried, and ultimately persevered on their journey towards the finish line. It was an honor supporting the Boston Marathon 2014 and we had an amazing time. We are also incredibly grateful to Olga, Carole, Erica and Leilani for their leadership. We are all Boston Strong.


Peace Corps Week 2014 

We had a great week Peace Corps week this year:

Kicking-off the week with a pre-PC week bowling event on Saturday, Feb 22.

Yak & Yeti's Nepali/Indian restaurant on Feb. 23

On Wed. Feb. 24th we had a board meet and greet at Brahmin's

On Thurs. Feb. 25th, a bunch of RPCVs had a great dinner at Teranga, Senegalese Restaurants.

And, of course, TGIF at Asgard.  On Saturday, March 1, was the unveiling of the photo contest winners at Simon's Cafe. The exhibit will continue through the month of March.  In April it will move to Ula Cafe in Jamaica Plains for the month of April and then in May, TBD. 

Ski Trip

Twelve BARPCV members particpated in BARPCV's first ever overnight ski trip to Bartlett, NH. The skiers were fortunate to have great weather amidst the not-so-great ski conditions at Attitash and Wildcat Mountains. While off the mountain, would-be skiers passed time by sledding, ice skating, playing board games and, of course, watching the Pats on Sunday. In addition, the crew took a tour of the Tuckerman Brewery where they were joined by BARPCV member Diane Docekal-Dawson and her husband who were in the area for a cross-country ski trip. Overall, the event was a success and fun was had by all. To join in on events like the ski trip please contact Erica at to be added to the list serv for sports & recreation activities.  

Winter WBSO

Dec 6, 2013 BARPCV hosted a Welcome Back Send Off (WBSO) at Fire + Ice in Harvard Square. Guest speaker, Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College and RPCV - Philippines, eloquently shared with us how her Peace Corps experience shaped her understanding of organizations and their cultures which continues to impact her personal and professional life.

In collaboration with the Cambridge Boy Scouts of America, we collected and delivered about 8 bags of non-perishable food items for local food banks.  Thanks to all who donated food!

The WBSO was followed by a TGIF at Tommy Doyle's.  The next WBSO will take place in May - hope you can make it.

New Members Party

On Sept. 27th David Sear's hosted the New Members Party at his house in Cambridge.  This was a great event bringing together newly returned volunteers and the members of the Boston Returned Peace Corps community. 


If you missed any of these events - don't worry! There are many exciting events coming up this year. Check out our calendar

of upcoming events or sign up to be a member (and receive newsletters about events) if you are not already a member. 


Thanks for the great support. We will see you at the next event!


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