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A podcast about returned Peace Corps volunteers and life after Peace Corps. Twice a month, RPCV, Astrid Vinje, interviews fellow Peace Corps volunteers about their experience during and after their service.
 
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Corps Conversations Ep. 10: Tim Garvin | Jamaica

Tim and I spoke in early June about his Peace Corps experience in Jamaica in the early 1990's.  It was interesting to hear about his work with the Boys and Girls club in Montego Bay, and also his insights about life in that country, which was far different than what a typical tourist would see. 

I also enjoyed hearing about his work after the Peace Corps, particularly with the United Way of Central Massachusetts.  What struck me about our conversation was that even after ending his service in Jamaica, Tim continued to work in community development, albeit on a domestic level.  As an RPCV, it's helpful to hear these kinds of stories because it serves to remind us that we don't have to travel or work outside of the country to have meaningful impact on people's lives.  There are plenty of communities here in the US in need of support and development.

 Market scene in Jamaica

Market scene in Jamaica

 Tim and his wife, Theresa, on the day they swore in

Tim and his wife, Theresa, on the day they swore in

Tim Garvin is the CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts.  Through his leadership, the organization has provided programs in Education, Health, and Family Stability to communities in need in the Central Massachusetts area.  Tim also serves as chair of the Council of Massachusetts United Ways, as well as co-chair for the American Diabetes Association Advocacy Group.

Tim has over 19 years of experience in leadership roles for non-profit organizations, including serving as Vice President/Executive Director of the Central Branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston, and Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Family YMCA/Oak Square YMCA.  He served in the Peace Corps with his wife, Theresa, in Jamaica from 1991-1992.

 Tim with his son

Tim with his son

Read more about Tim here.

Learn more about the United Way of Central Massachusett's work at www.unitedwaycm.org