The West Cascade Peace Corps Association (WCPCA) was founded in 1980
by a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers as a means of staying
connected and carrying out the Peace Corps' third goal of bringing
the world back home. Over time as the group grew it found that
equally important was providing fellowship to returning volunteers
and helping them readjust to life in the United States.
The mission of WCPCA is to promote humanitarian and educational
programs in connection with accomplishing the third goal of the
Peace Corps as mandated by Congress in 1961, "To promote a better
understanding of other people on the part of the American people."
We pursue our mission by participating in many community activities
and service projects. A favorite activity, for instance, has long
been marching (actually sort of meandering along) in the annual
Eugene Celebration parade. We also raise money to fund programs
including those of Peace Corps Volunteers in the field through the
Peace Corps Partnership Program.
Our membership dues are low to attract as many people as possible.
Donations to the organization are tax deductible as provided by law
for a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
The group has an elected Board of Directors that meets quarterly to
conduct business. WCPCA also hosts a bimonthly social meeting that is
usually a potluck dinner. Most of our members come from Oregon's
Southern Willamette Valley. However, membership is open to all
RPCVs, staff and supporters. We invite all prospective Peace Corps
Volunteers, parents, relatives and friends of active Peace Corps
Volunteers to join us at our monthly meetings.
The University of Oregon in Eugene is proud to be one of the leading
institutions in recruiting Peace Corps Volunteers. The West Cascade
Peace Corps Association works closely with the campus Peace Corps
representative to maintain this admirable record.