Social and Service Events


JULY 2016

A Brush of Kindness – Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:30-4:30 pm

Brooklyn Center MN

Join with MNRPCV as we continue to work with Habitat for Humanity. We need 15 volunteers for a full day Saturday on July 23rd. We will work at a home of an elderly couple in Brooklyn Center, who have been living in their home for 10 years. Our scope of work includes: repairing brick mould, staining the deck, and priming/painting the garage. No prior experience is necessary, we will be trained on site and supplies are provided. RSVP is required for further information and address. RSVP to Michelle at


Second Harvest Heartland Service Event

Tuesday, July 26th 5:30-7:30

Second Harvest Heartland – Maplewood

1140 Gervais Avenue, Maplewood MN

Join us on Tuesday July 26th as we partner with Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood as we pack groceries for low income seniors. Friends and family as well as children 8 and older are welcome at this event. If you are interested in volunteering with MNRPCV, please send an email to Mary Donovan at with your name, email and telephone number July 18th. She will add you to the volunteer roster and send you more detailed information.

Let’s Go Sailing with Rhoda

Sunday, July 31 – 3:00 to 6:00pm

Lake Minnetonka

Join MNRPCV Rhoda Brooks for an afternoon on her 23 foot sail boat on Lake Minnetonka off the shores of Excelsior, MN! Rhoda can take up to 8 people. If more than 8 people are interested in going, she is happy to arrange a second trip on Monday, August 1.

If you would like to go sailing, contact Rhoda at and she will provide you more details, an address with directions, and answer your questions. Please bring a cold drink and a snack to share!



August Happy Hour at Nico’s Taco & Tequila Bar
Wednesday, August 10 – 5:00-7:00pm (actual Happy Hour is 2-6pm)
2516 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55405

Voted Open Table’s Winner for Diner’s Choice 2015 let’s check out these Happy Hour drinks and perhaps grab a street taco or two! RSVP’ing to Gretchen is encouraged at More information can be found here:

Bridging Program Warehouse Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday August 13 – 9:00am to 12:00 noon

1730 Terrance Drive, Roseville, MN 

 Bridging is an organization that provides quality furniture and household goods to over 80 families each week who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

Volunteers will help load/unload trucks, sort through donated goods, inspect linens and restock shelves. Specific projects will be determined on the day we volunteer based on inventory and final group size. This is a great active, hands-on project!

Bridging requires all warehouse volunteers be at least 14 years of age. 

RSVP to Sheila Collins by August 6. 


Annual Campfire and Potluck at Bardons

Saturday, August 20 – 4:30 – Dusk

Home of Jane and Jack Bardon

11 Pheasant Lane, North Oaks MN

 Are you a brave and resourceful RPCV?  Venture north of St. Paul to join us for an outdoor summer gathering (indoors – if  it rains or snows) of Minnesota RPCVs.  We will roast hotdogs and s’mores over an open fire on north-woods hazelnut sticks.  The hotdogs (of various kinds), buns and fixin’s plus beverages will be here waiting for you. Please bring a side-dish to share. Kids, families, and extra tables or chairs are welcome.  Please RSVP with the number of guests coming to:


August Metro Lunch at Hmong Town Marketplace
Saturday, August 27 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
217 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN 55103

I have always wanted to check out this marketplace and I heard they have good food too! It is a year-round indoor and outdoor open market. The website says this: The Marketplace is a gathering place of colorful sights, sounds and a fascinating destination for experiencing the vibrant Hmong American community. It’s a glimpse into the street market life of Southeast Asia!
THE PLAN: The group will meet outside, in the parking lot, near the main entrance. I will arrive at 10:30am and wait until 11:00am. At 11:00am we will venture inside, walk around the marketplace and eventually end up in the food court to have lunch.  More information can be found here: Contact Gretchen with any questions at



2016 NPCA Peace Corps Connect Conference

Peace Corps 55th Anniversary Celebration

September 21-25, 2016

Washington DC

 Peace Corps Connect – 2016 and PC 55 is coming soon! Check out the details and register here:

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