Insight Santa Cruz Resources

Caring for Our Sangha: Providing Service as Practice

Caring for the Sangha consists of Insight Santa Cruz members who provide support to our community. We want to welcome new members as well as supporting those going through a health or other life challenge. Our volunteers consider service a way of bringing practice from the cushion to caring and exploring the sacred mystery of giving and receiving.

In welcoming new members to our community we are happy to orient you to our center. For those living with a health or other life challenge we can offer up to one-hour per week of service. We are unable to offer nursing and personal care.

This support may include:

  • Home visits
  • Sitting together
  • Errands
  • Meals
  • Rides to and from sittings
  • Other simple tasks

To request a volunteer, please contact our Caring for Our Sangha Coordinator, JoAnn King by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required; or by phone at (831) 239-9963.


ISC has a well-stocked onsite library of Buddhist books, as well as some CDs and DVDs. This pdf is the current catalog, posted here for informational purposes only. It is not possible to reserve or check out library materials online, but please do browse the pdf and then come into the library to check things out. Click on this link: ISC Library Catalog.


Insight Santa Cruz has an ombudsperson. What’s that? An organizational ombudsperson is a confidential and informal information resource, communications channel, complaint-handler, and dispute-resolver, and a person who helps an organization work for change.

Our ombudsperson is Karen Zelin, who welcomes you to call or email her at (831) 234-1408 or email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss any problem or situation within the sangha in which you feel values of fairness and respect are not demonstrated in words and deeds. These may include conflicts or difficult situations within the group or with teachers, the board, or others related to the sangha. Such conversations with the ombudsperson are kept completely confidential. If you would rather speak with a man, please inform the ombudsperson and she will help make appropriate arrangements.