Ways to Volunteer at SIMS
Volunteering is a way to give dana, opening the heart and enriching the life of the giver. Another way to talk about giving dana in this tradition of volunteering is to think of it as service to an organization you believe in and would like to help continue in its vitality and growth.
It’s also a great way to meet other members of the sangha. There’s nothing like working together to create community. Please browse our list of volunteering opportunities here and email the contact listed if you’d like to help! Please click on any of the choices below to learn more and thank you!
Strategic or Focus Areas. The Board wishes to undertake long term planning around a number of Key Strategic Areas important to the future of SIMS. We want your participation and help to create a vision for these areas to sustain SIMS in the coming years!
The areas are indicated below. Each area is owned by the indicated Board member. The general idea is to create a small team of volunteers (2 to 4 people?) led by that Board Member. The team would create a vision and goals for their area, and a plan to implement that vision.
The below areas are the areas we wish to be address in a focused way. If you have a passion for the area or a desire and willingness to volunteer to SIMS to help sustain it, please reach out to the Board member for that area or contact Rob Long, Board President at [email protected].
- What is the long term strategic plan we have for our financial situation including the funds we have in the bank?
- What are our Long term financial goals and needs?
- Accounting needs”
Board Member – Cheryl Wynne
- How do we continue to sustain our organization thru active and engaged volunteerism and provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to our Sangha?
- Volunteer outreach and appreciation
Board Member – Deb Slivinsky
- Service work; for example, providing meals for homeless people, teaching meditation to people who are incarcerated, etc.
- Targeted Activism; for example, the Climate Action Group, etc.
Board Member – Iris Antman
Growing the Sangha
- How can we promote diversity and inclusion by targeting new communities or special interest groups such as BiPOC, LGBTQIA, etc. ?
- How can we grow our Sangha by reaching out to the U District community including students and faculty, maintaining our online offerings? and creating new marketing materials (flyers, pamphlets, posters and targeted ads)
Board Member – Cheryl Marland
- How do we continue to ensure that we are offering teachings and guest teachers that are responding to the needs and preferences of our Sangha?
Board Member – Tim Geil and Jason Bartlett
Sangha Social life
- How do we promote and enrich our own internal social life and offer ways to connect with one another?
Board Member – Cubba Reese
- How do we promote healthy Board culture particularly around communication, dialogue, listening and respect/kindness
- How do we promote diversity and inclusion
- Board succession planning
Board Member – Rob Long
Six week assignment for Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) sangha members who have already completed the SIMS introductory meditation class. 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 SIMS Meditation Center, this includes registering participants and giving information and assistance. Need to arrive 30 minutes before the start of each class.
Six week class, held quarterly. See the home page under classes for the next series start date. As of June 2021 we are again offering this class in person.
Provide zoom support during sangha meetings. You will be part of a team on a rotating Zoom support schedule. Days and times include Monday nights (7-9), Days of Mindfulness, classes, and during our online weekend retreats which usually go from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve got experience hosting Zoom meetings, we’d love to hear from you. Training will be provided to include security settings, managing breakouts and the like depending on the kinds of events you may be willing to support.
About twice per month, 2 hours. If interested you could volunteer to support a weekend retreat.
Help edit and process our audio and/or video recordings for sharing on our website. General comfort with computing is required, but experience with audio/video editing is optional, and all needed training will be provided. Other SIMS volunteers take the recordings, so this role is only for editing and processing and can be done on a flexible schedule. We record at least two events per week, including all non-residential retreats.
Minimum desired commitment of 1–2 hours per month, timing flexible.
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 supplies, and get the hot water going. You will also staff the greeter table, register attendants, and answer questions.
For evening Dharma talks: helpers are needed to do room set up and/or take down, and to staff the greeter table. For the day-long and evening opportunities, a manager will be on site to give guidance; no prior experience necessary.
Periodic and ongoing. This in-person opportunity is currently suspended while we are meeting virtually.
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.
Up to 2 times per year in each location. See the home page under classes for the next series start date. This in-person opportunity is currently suspended while we are meeting virtually.
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. You’ll receive an initial orientation; no prior experience necessary.
As your schedule allows, once you have been oriented. As of July 2021 we are again meeting in person.
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
Guidelines for SIMS Death & Dying Support Volunteers
List of Things we Offer
Book & Audio List
Topics We Have Covered
Teachings for Being With Dying