Getting Involved: Volunteers Are the Heart of EBMC!

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. To volunteer, email admin@eastbaymeditation.org or email the contact person for that position.

Already a Volunteer ?

If you have ever volunteered for EBMC, we invite you to join the Path of Service Sangha, to join with other volunteers for fun, appreciation, and community. Anyone who has ever volunteered for EBMC is considered to be part of our Path of Service Sangha. So, if you’ve helped to do setup or cleanup for any of our weekly groups, or any event requiring registration, you’re a member of this Sangha. If you’ve volunteered to clean the Center, update the website, do graphic design, or any of a hundred other volunteer tasks, you are a valued Path of Service Sangha member.

At the annual Path of Service Sangha brunch you’ll receive expressions of gratitude from EBMC staff, and have fun at a relaxing party with music, delicious potluck food, socializing with other volunteers, optional informal open mic (songs, poems, artwork), and special gifts of EBMC swag!

Wanting to Volunteer ?

EBMC is an “All-Dana” (Generosity and gifts economics-based) center. The generosity of Volunteer-donated time is the lifeblood of EBMC. Can you join us in this practice of Dana (Generous giving), by donating some of your time to help the center thrive and grow?

Send us a message to admin@eastbaymeditation.org or to the person designated in the position description, expressing your interest in one or more of the positions described below. See the list of EBMC Volunteer Positions below:

Volunteer Positions Currently Open:

  • Registration Email Management
  • Handypersons (light maintenance and repairs, must have own tools)
  • Certified electricians
  • Family Sangha helpers
  • Every Body Every Mind Sangha (Sunday evening) volunteers
  • Weekly meditation group volunteers

Care of the Center:

  • Handypersons POSITION OPEN
    Light maintenance, repairs and painting. Must have own tools. Contact Irene Ross, Administration and Facilities Coordinator.
  • Certified Electricians POSITION OPEN
    Occasional electrical tasks. Must have own tools. Contact Irene Ross, Administration and Facilities Coordinator.
  • Library Sangha
    A group of volunteers who process both donations of books to the EBMC Lending Library and returned books and other materials.
  • Temple Keeper Team Member
    We are transitioning to a professional cleaning service and may need volunteers to help with occasional cleaning projects. Stay tuned, thank you!
  • 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.
  •  Office Assistant 
    Help printing fliers, managing the signs around the center, filing, scanning, and other special office projects. One hour a week.
  • Laundry volunteer
    Launder cleaning cloths and table cloths on a weekly basis. Must have access to own fragrance free washer/dryer. EBMC provides fragrance-free laundry detergent. Contact Irene Ross, Administration and Facilities Coordinator.
  • Plants & greenery volunteer
    Watering, repotting, caring for and replenishing our small number of low-light potted plants

Programs:

  • Family Practice Classes Volunteer POSITION OPEN
    Assists teachers, helping with art projects for the children and doing other tasks as needed. (LiveScan background check required. EBMC will reimburse for the cost.)
  • Every Body Every Mind Sangha Volunteers POSITION OPEN
    Setup, greeting, cleanup and processing of donations for Sunday evening meditation group for people with disabilities and chronic illness. You need not be a member of this group to apply; additional support is needed to make this wonderful group more sustainable.
  • Weekly Practice 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 practice group. (Alphabet Sangha on Tuesday evenings; People of Color Sangha on Thursday evenings; Mahasangha on Friday evenings; Everybody Everymind Sangha on Sunday evenings)
  • Registration Email Management Volunteer POSITION OPEN Responsible for managing the EBMC registration @eastbaymeditation.org email one week per month. Contact Xiaojing Wang, Programs and Finance Director.

Communications & Outreach:

  • 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 admin@eastbaymeditation.org
  • Social Media Volunteer Post EBMC news to Instagram and Twitter, using text and images sent to you by an EBMC staff member. Must be familiar with social media and enjoy working with quick turnaround times.
  • Temple Photographer
    Must have own photography equipment. Photographs assigned classes and events a few hours each month, for use in publicity and outreach for EBMC.
  • Event Publicity   Post EBMC events to designated websites and email listserves; posting event flyers at designated locations near EBMC. Seeking a person of color (POC), since some of the posting sites may be POC specific.

Database:

  • Database Deduper
    Regularly go into EBMC’s (CRM) database 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.You can work from anywhere you have access to the Internet.