Volunteer Opportunities

SIMS depends on volunteers to carry out its mission of making the Buddha's teaching available to all those who seek it. Volunteering is an important way of giving dana to SIMS. To give in this way can open the heart and enrich the life of the giver. Volunteering is also good way to meet other members of the sangha. Below you'll find a list of our current volunteer opportunities. Email the contact if you would like to help.


 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Introductory Meditation Class

    Description:

    Six-week assignment for SIMS members who have already completed the SIMS introductory meditation class. One or two people will work together to staff the greeter table during a six-week introductory class series. Includes setting out chairs, registering participants, and giving information and assistance. Need to arrive one hour before the first class and 30-45 minutes before the next classes and stay after to clean up. Can attend the class for free.

    Frequency:

    Six-week class, held quarterly

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Day-long Retreats and Friday-evening Talks

    Description:

    Day Longs; One day assignment. At Day Long Retreats helpers are requested to arrive 45–60 minutes early to do room set up and/or take down, to bring tea etc. and get the water going. For talks, helpers are needed to do room set up and/or take down, and to staff the greeter table.

    Frequency:

    Four times per year

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Eastside or Northend Beginners Class

    Description:

    Six week assignment. One or two people will work together to staff the greeter table during a six week Beginners' series. Includes setting out chairs, registering participants and giving information and assistance. Need to arrive 20-30 minutes early and stay after to clean up. Can attend Beginners' series for free.

    Frequency:

    Up to 2 times per year in each location

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Tuesday Night Volunteers

    Description:

    Two people arrive at 6pm and work together to set up chairs, zabutons and the front greeter table. They also staff the front table during the sit to answer questions and stay late to leave Bloedell Hall as they found it in preparation for the Tuesday evening Homeless Women's Shelter.

    Frequency:

    Tuesday nights for at least one month

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Website Assistance

    Description:

    Provides web site maintenance including establishing new pages, new site features and troubleshooting. Ideal volunteer will have experience with the DNN content management system.

    Frequency:

    Occasional projects

    Contact Name:

    SIMS Web Site Support

    Contact email:

  • Death & Dying Support for SIMS Sangha

    Description:

    Be available to provide companionship, meals, transportation, errands, and other support as needed to SIMS sangha members who are terminally ill. Meet for learning and practice 3-4 times a year in order to be prepared for whenever the need for support may arise.
    Links to Resources and Documents:
    Mission Statement
    Guidelines for SIMS Death & Dying Support Volunteers
    List of Things we Offer
    Book & Audio List
    Resource List

    Frequency:

    Meetings 3-4 times a year, plus sangha member support as needed

    Contact Name:

    Tracy Bell

    Contact email:

  • Assistant Treasurer

    Description:

    Provide support to financial and accounting functions which include bookkeeping, financial reporting & analysis, QuickBooks support, investments, insurance, counting/recording donations at events, and preparing/making deposits. An ideal volunteer will be good with numbers and computer literate. Experience with accounting and/or bookkeeping using QuickBooks is a plus, but not necessary.

    Frequency:

    Ongoing support and/or occasional projects

    Contact Name:

    Jerry Lockwood, SIMS Treasurer

    Contact email: