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Friends of the Dominican Republic


At our March 8, 2022, Friends of the Dominican Republic board meeting, we voted to donate $500 to help Ukrainian refugees who have been forced to leave their country by the terrible Russian attack. Additional funds have been added to the FDR donation by board members to bring us to a total of $900 that was sent to an RPCV related group that is helping Ukrainian refugees. If you want to donate to help refugees from Ukraine, below is a list of organizations that have been suggested by RPCVs who served in the Ukraine or nearby countries for that purpose:

Another resource for businesses and charities for supporting Ukraine was sent to us by Oivia Villanella, who we thank for this contribution:

Thank you for your generous donation to help Ukrainian refugees!

Kim Herman

President, Friends of the Dominican Republic


2021 Annual Report


Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic (DR). We summarize our work simply.


We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and supporters. Our members:

  • Raise funds to support the work of current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
  • Advance the Third goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and,
  • Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps in the DR and encourage participation in and support for their work.

For 2021 we continued working on our strategic goals:

Goal 1: Focus on Organizational Sustainability

Goal 2: Strengthen Core Programs

Goal 3: Increase Membership/Supporter Involvement

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Please consider aiding development projects in the Dominican Republic.


FDR is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible. 


Wondering what to do with your collection of Peace Corps materials?

The Answer is: You can donate them to the Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives at American University.

What are the Peace Corps Community Archives?

The Peace Corps Community Archives (PCCA) is a collection of materials that were created and acquired by Peace Corps Volunteers from around the world that are being preserved to support research, create exhibits and provide information for educational and public programs that document the experiences and impact of individual Volunteers that served in the Peace Corps.

How can I donate to the Peace Corps Community Archives?

Just send an email to and ask for the information about how to donate your collection of PC materials to the FDR Section of the PC Community Archives. You will receive the donation materials electronically by return email. Not only will your collection be available for your children, your family, and your heirs, it will be shared with generations of researchers and authors for years to come! 

Opportunities to become involved with Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR)

In addition to FDR’s two grant programs, FDR offers a variety of services for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members who served in the DR. These include a database of former DR Volunteers and PC staff members ; La Voz, a regular electronic newsletter; assistance with Professional Development-Networking for Volunteers leaving the DR at the end of their service; and opportunities to work on several FDR projects such as the Community Challenge Fund; the DR In-Country Committee/Program Support Fund; Third Goal Program; the Communications-Website-Social Media Committee; the History Committee; the Membership Committee; the Growth Committee; and, the Fundraising Committee. For more information about these projects and committees, contact the

Global Reentry for Peace Corps Volunteers

If you are a Peace Corps Volunteer that returned to the United States because of termination of Peace Corps operations world-wide, here is where you can go to find information and help from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and organizations of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) around the US, that will be willing to help you get re-settled, look for work or find other assistance.
If you are returning from the Dominican Republic, you can contact Friends of the Dominican Republic for help at:
We’re Here for You!

Friends of the Dominican Republic's Statement on George Floyd's Death

We are Friends of the Dominican Republic, an organization of former Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff who served in communities of color and poverty there, and we are appalled by the tragic and preventable death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis policemen.  This dangerous form of restraint should never be used on any American, no matter their color or position, and police officers that use it should be held accountable for their actions to the full extent of the law.
We fully support the peaceful demonstrations against police violence on people of color and the racial motivations that cause it. This is a time to listen to the protesters, be open to learning from their experiences, which are different from ours, and be prepared to understand where the pain and anguish which causes them to demonstrate, comes from. The fact that unwarranted and deadly force continues to be used during the arrests of people of color at rates that are much greater than during the arrests of white people, is a national shame. As Americans, we need to act strongly to recognize and remove the racial inequities in our society and promote equitable treatment for all Americans, no matter what their background.
Finally, we urge everyone demonstrating to be careful about their health, wear face-masks and try to keep a healthy distance from other protesters, if possible.



We are an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

NPCA is the nonprofit alumni network at the center of a vibrant community of over 220,000 people who share the Peace Corps experience. NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more