Ways to Volunteer

Volunteering is a way to give dana, opening the heart and enriching the life of the giver. It’s also a great way to meet other members of the sangha. Please browse our list of volunteering opportunities here and email the contact listed if you’d like to help!

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:Volunteer Coordinator
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:Volunteer Coordinator
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:Volunteer Coordinator
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:Monday nights for one month
Contact:Volunteer Coordinator
Description:

The group meets to explore the topic of death and dying together in order to make ourselves more comfortable and less fearful about being with dying. In so doing, we prepare ourselves to provide dharma practice, companionship, meals, transportation, errands, and other support to SIMS sangha members who are terminally ill. We also investigate how our current lives are informed and illuminated by this practice.

Links to Resources and Documents: 
Mission Statement 
Guidelines for SIMS Death & Dying Support Volunteers 
List of Things we Offer 
Book & Audio List 
Resource List
Topics We Have Covered

Frequency:Meetings 2-3 times a year, plus sangha member support as needed.
Contact:Tracy Bell
Description:

Make needed updates to our Facebook page

Frequency:About 30 min per week time committment
Contact:Rob Long
Description:

Enter new email addresses into our contacts mailing list. 

 

Frequency:About once a month
Contact:Volunteer Coordinator
Description:

Help process our audio and video recordings and upload them to our site. You would need a reasonably powerful computer (all newer computers should be fine) and need to be comfortable with computers.  All needed training will be provided.  There are two talks a month usually that we record and we record all non-residential retreats.  Others make the recordings. You would take the recordings made by others and do the AV processing.

Frequency:ABout twice per month, about 1 hr each time
Contact:Rob Long
Description:

Help author and send the monthly newsletter.   You would work with Rob Long to author the content and then send to our mailing list.

Frequency:once per month (about 3 hours)
Contact:Rob Long
Description:

Help authoring and produce a monthly poster.   You would work with Rob Long to author the content, send to Staples for printing via their website and then pick up and bring to SIMS and mount in a frame. 

Frequency:once per month (about 3 hours)
Contact:Rob Long
Description:

Enter our attendance numbers into an Excel spreadsheet

Frequency:once per month about 15 minutes
Contact:Rob Long