Expand your gratitude practice and build community by joining a group of EBMC Sangha members who will meet once a quarter to send expressions of gratitude to supporters of EBMC. Our first meeting will be Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Please join us! Contact Cassandra@eastbaymeditation.org
EBMC is an "All-Dana" (Generosity based) center. The generosity of Volunteer-donated time is the lifeblood of EBMC. Can you join us in this practice of Dana (Generosity), by donating some of your time to help the center thrive and grow?
Click here to send us a message expressing your interest in one or more of the positions described below.
We are currently seeking sangha members for the following Volunteer Positions:
Weekly cleaning of the Center and associated tasks. 1 Hour/week.
Quote from a former Temple Keeper:
I love cleaning EBMC because after I'm finished there's time for me to just enjoy being there. I can feel the practice that people have done all week, and it feels so wonderful, it's a great opportunity for me to serve the community and to make sure that everything is clean and works well for all the activities there.
* Office Assistant
Help printing fliers, managing the signs around the center, filing, scanning, and other special office projects.
* People with Pickup Trucks or Large Vans
Sangha members sometimes wish to donate medium to large items (furniture, for example) to EBMC. Volunteers with pickup trucks or large vans who can pick up these donated items and deliver them to EBMC are greatly needed. We can help find other volunteers to go with you to help with lifting and carrying.
People with flexible schedules who might be available to help with moving large, donated items to EBMC from time to time. These folks would accompany volunteers with pickup trucks or large vans.
* Family Practice Classes Volunteer
Assists teachers, helping with art projects for the children and doing other tasks as needed. (Live Scan background check required. EBMC will reimburse for the cost.)
* Teacher Event Assistants (TEAs)
Assists the teacher during a daylong or evening class, serves as point person for the other event volunteers for that event (who are attending the event).
* Sitting Group Volunteers
Open and close the center and greet folks as they arrive. A great way to get to know folks in your sitting group.
* Registration Email Management Volunteer
Responsible for managing the EBMC registration @eastbaymeditation.org email one week per month. This entails processing cancellation requests for EBMC events through the Eventbrite online system, archiving emails, and forwarding emails to relevant EBMC staff members.
* Database Deduper
We're seeking a database deduper volunteer who will regularly go into EBMC's (CRM) database, affectionately known as the Mothership, in order to eliminate duplicate entries for EBMC community members and to try to ensure that contact information for individuals is as up to date as possible. Training on the Mothership and specific data management tasks will be provided. You can work from anywhere you have access to the Internet.
* E-newsletter Volunteer
Pours text and images into Constant Contact for several-times-a-year EBMC e-newsletter. Content supplied by EBMC Community Coordinator.
* EBMC Facebook Posting Volunteer
Posts EBMC events on the EBMC Facebook page. 15 - 30 minutes per week.
* Graphic Designer Volunteer
Create event flyers and other materials. We'd prefer it if you have and can use Adobe InDesign. However, if not, please tell us what programs you do have and use. Please email examples of your work to Xiaojing@eastbaymeditation.org
* Event Publicity
The Event Publicity volunteer’s role is to post East Bay Meditation Center events to designated websites and email listserves and to put up event flyers at designated locations near the Center. We are seeking a person of color (POC) since some of the posting sites may be POC specific.
*Generosity Committee Members
The Generosity Committee is the fundraising committee of EBMC. Members of the Generosity Committee contribute to our multiple fundraising efforts by giving of their time, talents and energy. Some of the areas of fundraising that members work on include: the Friends of EBMC monthly donor program; the Blossoming Community Person-to-Person (major donor) Campaign; event planning and implementation (3 major events a year); grant research and writing; email and end-of-year solicitations; dana talks; and donor appreciation. No fundraising experience is necessary. We view fundraising as sacred work, and in addition to taking on fundraising tasks, members participate in conversations about money and the Dharma and collectively determine how to implement values-based fundraising practices. The Committee is headed by Center director Brenda Salgado.
An edited video of "Mindfulness and the Possibility of Freedom: Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in Dialogue," a benefit for the East Bay Meditation Center that was held on January 15, 2015, is now available!
Please go to http://davisandkabatzinnvideo.eventbrite.com.
"EBMC continues to be a ground and a place of nourishment, or, quoting Lawrence Ellis, a watering hole for spiritually-based social justice activists who are working hard to transform suffering in our society... We are clear that it takes all of our efforts to transform the many ways that oppression creates situations of "othering," so that we can make progress toward a liberated society of wisdom, and compassion in action."
To read the entire report, click here.
Please practice generosity and keep EBMC's operations running smoothly by Adopting a Bill! You can adopt all or part of one of our monthly bills by clicking below.
Four Sangha members are generously participating in this way of giving and we ask you to join them. Deep bows of gratitude to our generous Sangha!
Some of our bills include:
Insurance: $425 - ADOPTED
Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175
Program Supplies: $85
Web Hosting: $18 - ADOPTED
Database Hosting: $20 - ADOPTED
Security System: $45
Online Communication: $80
Bookkeeping system: $20
Payroll Service: $150
Click on the Donate Now button. Choose the “recurring donation” option and indicate which bill you’d like to pay in the “Event/Program Designation” line. It’s that easy!
There are a number of items we would love to have at EBMC that would make our home even more warm, efficient, and accommodating. Please view the Wish List page for more details.
Volunteering for EBMC is fun and inspiring, and a great way to deepen your spiritual practice. We have a variety of volunteer positions, some of which can be done anywhere with Internet access, and some of which require being on site at the meditation center, either on a regular basis or for a specific, time-limited project. Our generous, talented volunteers are an important part of the heart of our community, and are all leaders in helping to make EBMC a vibrant and sustainable community resource. For more information, check out our volunteer page.
A few of our wonderful volunteer painting crew. To volunteer for other special projects like this, email through our Contact Us page. For more information about other volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page.