Social Engagement

 

Social engagement is the extension of our practice beyond ourselves and into the larger community. There are many ways to get involved. Below is a list of ongoing projects led by members of SIMS along with contact information. Information is also posted on the social engagement bulletin board at the Tuesday-night sits. (View a PDF of the SIMS social engagement guidelines.)

In addition to our social engagement projects, SIMS has many integral volunteer roles that support activities within our sangha. If you're interested in participating in this way, please check our Volunteer Opportunities page or look for the sign-up sheets at the back table on Tuesday nights. Any questions regarding SIMS volunteering options can be emailed to our volunteer coordinator.

 

 

Current Social Engagement Opportunities

  • Noel House

    Description:

    Since its inception in 1990, Noel House Programs has offered safe, comfortable shelter to a diverse community of homeless women. Over the years, their efforts on behalf of homeless women have grown to include a variety of services, including a Women's Referral Center, 5 volunteer-run shelters & 2 staffed shelters. Noel House Programs refers anywhere from 150-250 women nightly to these shelters, offers nightly meal service, and case management at the main Noel House shelter in downtown Seattle. In total, Noel House Programs assists 92 women with nightly shelter, 20 women with permanent housing, 180 women with nightly emergency shelter referrals, and 60 women with a summer shelter from May - September. They will also be opening a new family shelter in Bellevue starting on November 15th that has a 50 person capacity.

    Please direct questions to Colleen Hayward at the email below.

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  • Embrace Guatemala

    Description:

    Guatemala has the second highest poverty rate in the Western Hemisphere and one of the greatest income disparities in the world between the wealthy and the poor; has a centuries long history of discrimination toward indigenous populations, including genocide during its recent 36 year long civil war; and a 70% rate of chronic malnutrition among indigenous children. For these reasons, Brian Stipek, founder of Embrace Guatemala, has been helping Guatemala’s indigenous children and families find a better life since 2003.  He lives and works with local families in the rural area of Nebaj in the Guatemalan highlands.

    Embrace Guatemala is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in 2006 to assist Guatemala’s poor by providing financial aid to students, tuition assistance and school supplies, books and computers. They organize youth activities, build schools, homes, and fuel efficient wood burning stoves for families in extreme poverty. They purchase medicine and collect gently used clothing, shoes and boots to deliver to the children.

    Brian Stipek is a long time friend of sangha members Jerry and Janet Lockwood. For more information contact Jerry or Janet Lockwood, or email Brian below.

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  • Project Amigo

    Description:

    Project Amigo is a 501 (c) 3 organization in California. Its work is carried out in Colima, Mexico. Its primary goals are to help poor children of Colima by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school; improving their access to higher education and promoting literacy; and providing dental and vision care. Project Amigo awards scholarships to junior high, high school and college students

    The people of Cofradia de Suchitlan, where this program began and where much of the work occurs, live extremely humbly, but hope for a better future for their children. The scholars take this opportunity and responsibility seriously. They know the grinding poverty they will face if they fail. College scholarship students (110 each year) are required to maintain a B+ average in school. They make a commitment to live in the area once they graduate from college, and to donate 3% of their income back to Project Amigo during their working years.

    You can help these people lift themselves, their families and future generations out of poverty by sponsoring a scholarship for a student or by making a small donation to the scholarship fund. There are many volunteer opportunities for a week or long term.

    Vision and dental clinics; helping children with English homework or reading to children (something their parents cannot do); Christmas party for hundreds of children where they receive a new set of clothes, shoes and a toy; a day at the beach (something most children have never done even though they live within a few miles of the sea); repairs to group homes; dentists, computer technicians, and ESL teachers are also needed.

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  • Freedom Project

    Description:

    Work with a team to offer trainings in mindfulness meditation to men and women inside prisons or returning to the community after being incarcerated. For more information see the web site below or contact Ruby Phillips at the email address below.

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    Ongoing

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