Announcements and Updates

Cooking lumpia with SEMIRPCV

Grab your favorite beverage and cook along with SEMIRPCV on March 25 at 7 p.m. (EST). In honor of Peace Corps 60 years, we have decided to do an interactive cooking lesson from a PC country via Zoom. Len Len, from her kitchen in the Philippines, will demonstrate how to make lumpia. A list of ingredients will be posted.

These lessons will be a safe alternative to our monthly ethnic dinners for now. Afterwards we will break into Zoom rooms: Eat, drink, and socialize.

Thank you to Len Len, the wife of RPCV Jeff Jenks and a board member.

Northeastern University – Tuition Discount for RPCVs

Northeastern University provides RPCVs with a 25% tuition discount on over 80 graduate programs, and a scholarship up to $10k on bachelor’s completion programs. If you have any questions about enrolling at Northeastern, please contact Anne Cardente, Sr. Admissions Recruiter: 


AmericCorps is currently recruiting like-minded individuals who would like to make a difference through disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.  They have multiple full-time opportunities available around the state. AmeriCorps Members would be responsible for giving preparedness education presentations and providing direct assistance to individuals experiencing disaster. This includes responding to house fires and deploying to national natural disasters. The Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program offers full-time service, health care benefits, and childcare.

Should you want more information, contact Ellis Gambill at or (810) 358-4357.


SEMIRPCV Annual Picnic

SEMIRPCV Annual Gathering (POTNIC)

Riverside Park, 3511 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 4820

October 3, 2020, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Bring your own food and drink and masks

SEMIRPCV will abide by social distancing rules and provide extra masks and hand sanitizer.The day includes free giveaways of RPCV items, entertainment, guest speaker, and RPCV stories.

Riverside has a Dog Park- Skateboard Park- Playscape- Bathroom- Sports Fields 

City Year Hiring


My name is Allie Zatkin and I’m a recruiter for a national AmeriCorps organization called City Year. I wanted to reach out and share some information about City Year and our upcoming application deadline, which is on May 29th. We’re still looking to hire over 3,000 full time positions to start later this Summer, many in Detroit!

At City Year, we believe that all children can succeed, despite the inequity present in our society. The key is straightforward: extra adult support in classrooms. Our AmeriCorps Members disrupt the status quo in our system not as teachers, but by working for a year in under served schools alongside teachers to level the playing field as tutors and mentors for our students.

With most of our public schools on hiatus for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, our work at City Year has never been more important. When our kids return later this Summer, some of them will have been out of the classroom for as many as six months, an unprecedented educational challenge for our country. That sort of learning loss can be incredibly detrimental, particularly for students in under served communities. We believe that by the time that new school year arrives, our cities will be ready to bounce back and our 3,000+ AmeriCorps Members will be a big part of that long term recovery effort in all 29 of our locations across the country.

If you’re interested in learning more about our opportunities at City Year, click through some of the links in this message and then fill out my online interest form here. I will reach out to you directly to keep the conversation going!

If you’ve learned enough and are ready to move ahead with an application, you can start one right here on our website. Our next deadline for applications is May 29th and it only takes around 40 minutes to complete in total. Again, these full-time AmeriCorps positions don’t start until late July or August. Due to federal regulations, applicants must be between the ages of 18-25 and be a US citizen or permanent resident.

To close, I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well in these uncertain times. As you think about your future beyond this tumultuous period, I hope you will consider an opportunity like City Year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me any time.


Allie Zatkin | Senior Recruitment Manager, Midwest

(248) 320-5787

What do you do? How City Year Makes an Impact

What are the benefits? Position Benefits

The Power of National Service: Building a More Equitable Future

The Benefits of a Gap Year

A Holistic Approach to Student Success

Merchandise with New SEMIRPCV Logo

Get an item with the new logo. Check out the hoodie, tote, polo shirt, and t-shirt. Orders end February 21. You can order and pay online. The item will be shipped to you, except for the tote. Totes have to be shipped in one box and distributed. You can access the items via the listed links.

Contact: Angie @

T-Shirt (Grey)


https://www.c ustomi (Blue)

Polo (White Polo) (Red Polo)



Potnic in July!

Mark your calendars and join the SEMIRPCV Potnic, July 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Park, Detroit. It’s under the Ambassador Bridge. There is soccer, baseball, a playscape, dog park, and Michigan’s largest skatepark.

SEMIRPCV provides hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks. Bring a dish from your country. Be ready to share your story.

Special thanks to Detroit Parks and Recreation for donating the space.

SEMIRPCV Officers Wanted

Are you interested in keeping the Southeast Michigan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers going? If yes, consider running for an office. Bring your ideas and input to the October Annual Meeting. Business and fun wrapped into one: Moroccan jewelry, PC calendars, and stories.

October 19, 2019, World of Beers, 42820 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48187, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Arrive at 11 a.m. Stay for an hour or the whole time.