* Office Assistant POSITION OPEN FOR A BACKUP PERSON
Help printing fliers, managing the signs around the center, filing, scanning, and other special office projects. One hour a week.
* Temple Photographer NEW POSITION OPEN
Must have own photography equipment. Photographs assigned classes and events a few hours each month, for use in publicity and outreach for EBMC.
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.
* Inventory Volunteer
Takes monthly inventory of EBMC supplies, working closely with supplies purchaser (who is a staffperson) to ensure that EBMC is well-supplied and that the storage room is kept well-organized and clean.
Light maintenance and painting.
* People with Pickup Trucks or Large Vans POSITION OPEN
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.
* Movers POSITION OPEN
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.
* Library Sangha POSITION OPEN
A group of volunteers who process both donations of books to the EBMC Lending Library and returned books and other materials.
* Family Practice Classes Volunteer POSITION OPEN
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) POSITION OPEN
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). This position is best filled by people who are longtime members of the EBMC community and who are familiar with the physical plant and the organizational culture, and who enjoy interacting with other volunteers and members of the public.
* Weekly Meditation Group Volunteers POSITION OPEN
Open and close the center and greet folks as they arrive. A great way to get to know folks in your meditation 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 POSITION OPEN
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.
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. Please join us. Contact Cassandra@eastbaymeditation.org
The Generosity Committee helps with EBMC's fundraising and development. More information to come soon.
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.
2016 Finances: "As I shared in our Fall 2015 newsletter, we ended 2015 with about $361,000 in total income and $357,000 in expenses. Deep bows of appreciation to our EBMC community for your tremendous generosity, and for the sangha members who shared their beautiful stories about the impact of EBMC in their lives. We surpassed our December 2015 end-of-year fundraising goal, met our matching grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, and we raised more than we ever have before in our end-of-year fundraising campaign. We had a net of $13,625 for the programs that are transforming lives every day!
For 2016, we are stretching and growing together: we are aiming our sights toward $439,000 in income, and $414,000 in expenses."
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
Internet: $30 - ADOPTED
Program Supplies: $85
Web Hosting: $18 - ADOPTED
Database Hosting: $20 - ADOPTED
Security System: $45 - ADOPTED
Online Communication: $80
Bookkeeping system: $20 - ADOPTED
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.