In May 2015, MPCA donated $500 to Milwaukee PCV Lydia Chicoine who is currently serving in Benin. Lydia wrote a grant application to MPCA to support and increase the capacity of the health center and pharmacy in her central Beninese community of about 5,000 people.
Since the donation, Lydia reports that the mayor's office has expressed interest and will be involved in repairing existing parts of the health center. The photo below is the old health center. The surrounding land will house the new buildings. MPCA thanks members and their donations, which make funding small grants like this possible!
Camp Mariposas (Camp Butterflies) received a $500 MPCA grant to support the camp, which is based on Peace Corps' Camp GLOW. The camp took place during the first week of March 2014 and 24 women from three different communities were able to participate. Participants attended workshops and training on leadership and empowerment, building and maintaining healthy relationships, reproductive health, education opportunities and goal-setting among others. Upon return to their communities, the young women worked together to start community clubs to further educate their communities and teach what they learned during the camp. For more information and updates, please visit facebook.com/campmariposas.
In May 2013, MPCA donated $500 to volunteer Tim Filipa (a volunteer from Fort Atkinson) and his project to build a new library for his school in Vanuatu. Tim has since completed his Peace Corps service and has emailed us an update on the work that was done for the project. See his email below:
Dear Milwaukee Peace Corps Association:
I am writing to thank you for your important contribution to the new library at Brenwei Primary School on the island of Malekula. After starting construction in October 2012, I am pleased to say that the building has been completed and the library was opened to the public on November 25, 2013.
Everyone at Brenwei School is very excited and proud of this new addition to the community and are thankful for your vital contribution. Thanks to your help, this library, the first in school or community history, is likely the largest library in the entire province and one of the largest in all of Vanuatu. With your help the students and staff now have access to a variety of books and educational resources that few schools in the country have.
Thank you very much.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
"Working with the Peace Corps should not be like working with another government agency. We have a special mission which can only be accomplished if everyone believes in it and works for it in a manner consistent with the ideals of service and volunteerism."
-- R. Sargent Shriver
The Milwaukee Peace Corps Association is pleased to offer the Sargent Shriver Award for Community Service and Volunteerism. The annual award was created in 2011 by the MPCA in honor of Sargent Shriver, founding director of the Peace Corps from 1961 to 1966. The award recognizes Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in southeast Wisconsin who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and improving their community through volunteer work.
The 2013 award will be presented to Milwaukee County Treasurer, Dan Diliberti. Diliberti and his wife, Ann, served in the Peace Corps in Chile from 1969-71, where they helped build houses and community centers. They followed that by volunteering with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in 1972, working for community organizations on Milwaukee's south side. This award is the latest for him in a long list of honors, awards and citations from neighborhood organizations, councils, business clubs, and state and local government recognizing his enduring commitment to volunteerism and public service.
Before his election as Milwaukee County Treasurer in 2005, Diliberti represented Milwaukee’s 8th District for 12 years, serving as Chair of the Parks, Finance and Intergovernmental Relations committees, and Vice-Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. He has also served on the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (1994-2004); as staff member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors (1984-1991); Director of the Inner City Development Project – South (1980-1983); and Director of Campus and Community Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) (1977-1979).
RPCVs can be nominated by an organization they have worked with, people they have served, colleagues, friends, family or other RPCVs. A charitable contribution of $500 will be made in the name of each awardee to the non-profit organization of their choice.
To nominate an RPCV, please include the following information:
Nominations are due by October 31 of each year, and should be sent to:
Milwaukee Peace Corps Association, Inc. (MPCA)
P.O. Box 511322
Milwaukee, WI 53203-0221
Questions? Contact the MPCA Grants and Giving Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, would like to thank the Milwaukee Peace Corps Association for its donation of $500.00. This funding enabled us to take three field trips. This support helped with the following outcomes:
On February 7, 126 adult participants and 7 preschoolers went to the Mitchell Park Domes. Learners enjoyed seeing familiar plants from their homes in Africa and Southeast Asia. Most participants had never visited the Domes before, so this was an opportunity for them to learn about a place they can bring their families in Milwaukee.
On March 4, 56 adult participants and 3 children and preschool went to Neighborhood House’s maple sugar farm in Ashipun, WI. Neighborhood House's outdoor educators helped the participants through the process of tapping the trees, collecting sap, making it into syrup, and of course eating it! They also hiked and enjoyed sledding in the woods.
On March 30, 111 adult participants and 12 preschoolers went to the Central Milwaukee Public Library. They toured the library and learned about the check-out process. The preschoolers played in the puppet theater, climbed in the play tower and listened to the instructor read books.