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.
* Supplies Co-Manager
Help keep the EBMC facility stocked with necessary supplies. Shopping, receiving supply requests, helping track inventory.
* Plants & Greenery Team
Helps to care for the Center's plants.
* Family Practice Classes Volunteer
Assists teacherrs, helping with art projects for the children and doing other tasks as needed. (Live Scan background check required. EBMC will reimburse for the cost.)
* Saturday Night Social Sangha Volunteer
Assists this Sangha's coordinators with helping to plan and organize themed Saturday night social events several times a year, and opens and closes the Center and supervises other volunteers for setup and cleanup.
* Data Management Assistant
Prepares event attendance data for merger into the EBMC database, and tracking attendance statistics. Must know EXCEL and have ease with computers, email and web.
* 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 Documentation Manager
The Database Documentation Manager’s role is to ensure that the end-user documentation for EBMC’s constituent relationship management (CRM) database, affectionately known as the Mothership, is complete and up-to-date. The ideal volunteer is interested in joining the Techie Sangha, a team of volunteers who work together to meet EBMC’s IT needs, and taking strong charge of Mothership documentation. Training on the Mothership and specific data management tasks will be provided.
* 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.
*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 arenas of fundraising 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 meets once a month, and members works on projects in collaboration with other members and staff.
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Founded to provide a welcoming environment for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities, the East Bay Meditation Center welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness. Our mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We offer mindfulness practices and teachings on wisdom and compassion from Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Rooted in our commitment to diversity, we operate with transparent democratic governance, generosity-based economics, and environmental sustainability.