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Career Fair

CAPCA was proud to participate in a very successful annual Peace Corps Career Fair in Chicago May 4-5, 2015. There was a great showing from local and national employers with a high number of open positions to fill. Many of those openings were for positions in the government or in nonprofits. Over 100 job-seeking RPCVs […]


RPCVs Share Tales at Annual Story Slam

Many thanks to the brave and talented RPCV story-tellers who shared their Peace Corps tales at CAPCA’s second annual Story Slam. Thanks too to all those who joined us to listen and to renew your CAPCA membership. We were delighted with the great turn-out and awed by the incredible stories both light-hearted and deeply moving. […]


PC Advocacy Letters

CAPCA members, RPCV’s and Peace Corps supporters prepared 30 letters which were mailed to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, requesting his support of President Obama’s $410 million dollar budget for the Peace Corps.

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Successful 26th Camp Vista Get-Away

The 26th annual Camp Vista winter get-away from Jan 16-19 was attended by 69 adults and children and organized by Chicago Area RPCVs. The snow was low but the spirits were high! Everyone enjoyed the slightly mushy cross-country and downhill skiing, the board games, the movie night, the frozen lake, and a home-made Ethiopian dinner. […]

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February Newsletter

CHICAGO AREA PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015 Dear CAPCA Members, Here is a recap of some of the activities that CAPCA has been doing the past year.  So much of our work is interconnected that it was difficult to assign it to a single Board committee.  Marcy Huttas and I compiled this list from […]


CAPCA Grants Update

Here is a list of grants that CAPCA provided to support Peace Corps Partnership Projects in 2014, totaling $3,057.52. View as a Table National Spelling Bee Guinea CAPCA funded $299.50 out of $2434.60 Volunteer: Hannah Koppel, IL 1140 students from 38 middle schools participated in local and regional spelling bees, culminating in a national competition. […]


Very Merry Holiday Potluck

CAPCA’s annual potluck has long been a holiday tradition for local RPCV’s and friends. The popular event seems to grow each year: this December we had an estimated 60 guests join. We feasted on traditional treats from all over the world — the Filipino adobo chicken and Nigerian groundnut stew were especially delicious. We were […]

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CAPCA Volunteers Help H.O.M.E.

CAPCA continued its long-standing annual partnership with H.O.M.E. with over twenty volunteers who came out to help prepare low-income homes for the winter. Thank you to H.O.M.E. for providing the materials and instruction for weatherization. We look forward to volunteering again next year!

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CAPCA Gives Back with Big Shoulders

Thank you to everyone who came out to help support Big Shoulders on Saturday for their Give Back Days Program with local Chicago high schools. RPCV’s worked along side college student volunteers and other community groups totaling 150 community volunteers to help paint, clean out, organize and “fix up” St. Francis de Sales High School, […]


WBEZ Worldview Interview with CAPCA

WBEZ Worldview’s Jerome McDonald interviewed CAPCA members Lee Losey and Mary Owen about their experiences in Peace Corps. The interview highlights how Peace Corps veterans also impact our communities when they return home, as the resourcefulness and motivation to volunteer continues.

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