The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Southern Arizona, also known locally as the “Desert Doves,” is based in Tucson, but includes members from throughout southern Arizona. Our mission is to: Continue to work for world peace, understanding and well-being, with an emphasis on bringing the world back home.
The Desert Dove's purpose is three-fold:
To facilitate the first goal, the Doves have get-togethers every month. We alternate between potluck business/social meetings and ethnic dinners. Officer reports and local member announcements are made at the open business/socials meetings. During the “off” months, members meet at local ethnic restaurants for a social meal. In addition, the group’s leadership team compiles a newsletter that is e-mailed to members via our group email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) and is available here on the website.The newsletter is published every other month.
To reach the second goal, the Doves often partner with the University of Arizona’s Peace Corps Fellows to engage in multiple community service events throughout the year, such as packing food boxes at the Community Food Bank, working in community gardens, and desert trash pick-up with Humane Borders. The Doves are particularly active during Peace Corps Week (each Spring), with the annual “Tucson and the World” Peace Corps Fair and other happenings.
To raise funds for our contributions to partnership projects abroad (our final goal), Doves continue a longtime tradition of working at Tucson’s spring and winter Fourth Avenue Merchants Association Street Fairs. The fair features arts and crafts vendors from around the region. Volunteers work courtesy carts that deliver water and treats to the vendors. We raised additional funds throughout the year through national and local membership dues and by selling Peace Corps calendars. Twice a year at the potluck business/social meetings, members vote on which Peace Corps Partnership projects to support with partial or full funding.
For more information about who's in charge of what, please see the Officers page.
To become a member or renew your membership, please visit the Membership page.
To join the Desert Doves email list, send an email with your name, city/state of residence, country/years-of-service in the email to email@example.com