CARV Receives 2018 Loret Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service

Wednesday September 5, 2018

The National Peace Corps Association has given the 2018 Loret Ruppe Award to Cincinnati Area Return Volunteers, in recognition of CARV’s long-standing and ongoing work with refugees in the community.  This award is presented annually by NPCA to outstanding affiliate groups “for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service.”  NPCA recognized CARV’s support of refugees, going back at least 15 years and more intensively since 2015 when we partnered with Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio to welcome new Americans to our area.  Over 50 CARV members have been involved in transportation, apartment staging, ESL teaching and mentoring a Syrian family of seven.  Congratulations to all who have been part of this effort!

Nick Hoesl (Afghanistan ’65 – ’67), who was a founding member of CARV and continues to serve on the board, accepted the award on behalf of the group at the 2018 Peace Corps Connect Conference.  He is pictured here with NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst and fellow CARV member Arlene Golembiewski (Sierra Leone ’74 – ’76), who received the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service this year!  (See accompanying article.)


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