Volunteer Opportunities

Seattle Insight Meditation Society (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 a 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 Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) sangha members who have already completed the SIMS introductory meditation class. Volunteers will work together to staff the greeter table during a 6-week introductory class series. In addition to bringing the Dharma to others, benefits include attending for free a wonderful refresher course that may inspire you and bring new life to your practice.

    When held at Nalanda West, this 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 for brief clean up.

    When held at SIMS Meditation Center, this includes registering participants and giving information and assistance. Need to arrive 45 minutes before the first class and 30 minutes before the next classes.

    Frequency:

    Six week class, held quarterly. See the home page under classes for the next series start date.

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Day-long Retreats and Evening Dharma Talks

    Description:

    Most often the day-long retreats and evening Dharma talks are held at SIMS Meditation Center. For day-long retreats: One day assignment; volunteers are requested to arrive 45–60 minutes early to do room set up and/or take down, to set up tea etc. and get the hot water going.

    For evening Dharma talks: helpers are needed to do room set up and/or take down, and to staff the greeter table.

    Frequency:

    Periodic and ongoing

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Eastside or Northend Introductory Meditation Class

    Description:

    Six week assignment for SIMS members who have already completed the SIMS introductory meditation class. One or two volunteers will work together to staff the greeter table during a six week introductory 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. In addition to bringing the Dharma to others, benefits include attending for free.

    Frequency:

    Up to 2 times per year in each location

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Tuesday Night Greeters

    Description:

    Arrive at SIMS Meditation Center by 6:30pm and work together with one other volunteer to set up the greeter table and staff it through the evening. Greet old and new sangha members, answer questions, and count dana at the end of the evening. You can also stop by the greeter table and let us know if you'd like to volunteer.

    Frequency:

    Tuesday nights for one month

    Contact Name:

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Contact email:

  • Website Assistance

    Description:

    Volunteer to assist with website updates; necessary skills include: familiarity with the DNN content management system, a basic understanding of HTML and preparing images for web display.

    Frequency:

    Occasional projects

    Contact Name:

    SIMS Website 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 and 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:

  • Seattle Insight Meditation Center Cleaning Crew

    Description:

    Participate in cleaning sessions together with other volunteers, vacuuming zabutons, cleaning floors and bathrooms, tidying and dusting the kitchen and library.

    Frequency:

    Weekly on Thursday mornings from 10:15-12 noon. Come once, come for a month, or once a month, whatever works with your schedule. Just let us know.

    Contact Name:

    Iris Antman

    Contact email: