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San Diego Peace Corps Association

The San Diego Peace Corps Association (SDPCA)

Welcome to a network of Peace Corps alumni, family and friends in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. Most of us have served in the Peace Corps, but membership is open to anyone who shares our interest in Peace Corps and the developing world. We welcome anyone sharing our goals to join our activities.


Our Mission

San Diego Peace Corps Association is a nonprofit organization that brings together Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in our community to promote peace and understanding. The mission of SDPCA is:
  • To build and maintain an active membership of RPCVs, their families and friends
  • To support and inform RPCVs and local communities through social, educational and community service activities.
  • To provide funding for Peace Corps Volunteers’ projects overseas
  • To influence the direction of Peace Corps through advocacy.

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SDPCA History

SDPCA was first organized in March, 1988. In addition to forming a steering committee and a by-laws committee, the group organized its first project - participating in a Walk for Mankind, sponsored by Project Concern International. That first project raised $65 for the SDPCA, and we were on our way. The group completed its by-laws, filed them with the state, elected officers, and was an official non-profit organization by June.

Since our inception, we have held many social events, educational activities, and community projects, including hosting the 1997 National Peace Corps Association's bi-annual conference. Of the over 130 affiliated groups of the NPCA, ours has frequently been honored for the quality of our newsletter design and content, extracts of which are available through links shown here.

Beyond the official endeavors of the SDPCA, our group has formed the core membership for several other regionally based non-profits, including two whose efforts have led us to nominate their founders for the NPCA's Shriver Award.

All of this comes from maintaining respect for the volunteer spirit that brought us to the Peace Corps - by combining social and social action events in ways to nurture each other and our Southern CA community.

Do you know someone in the area who served in the Peace Corps or VISTA, or who may like sharing activities with people who did? Tell them about our group, forward them to this web site address, or give them our email address:

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A Brief History of the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a unit of the United States Government, organized under the State Department. It was begun under the presidency of John F. Kennedy and was created by Congress on 3/1/61. The legislation which enacted the Peace Corps outlined three goals, specifically:

  • To provide temporary manpower to developing nations,

  • To promote world peace, and

  • To cultivate cultural understanding between the peoples of the United States and those of the developing world.

Full details as to the activities and policies of the Peace Corps are available at

While most of our membership have served as volunteers in the Peace Corps, the SDPCA is not a part of the Peace Corps. The SDPCA is a completely separate, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization.

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