Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Center

For many of us, serving our sangha by supporting its many programs and activities has become an integral part of our practice.

We are currently seeking people to help with the following volunteer positions:

  • Sit leaders for noon sittings, particularly the 3rd Monday of the month
  • Newsletter lead
  • Communications coordinator
  • Administrative help
  • Office maintenance
  • Facebook oversight
  • Excel support

If you are interested in any or these positions, or in donating your time, energy, and skills to our center in other ways, please complete this form.

Homeless Shelter Donations

We have a basket available every Thursday night for the homeless shelter. Items needed include toiletry items, clothing and whatever else you think would be useful.

Prison Project

Every Tuesday, Buddhist meditation and dharma groups meet with prisoners at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, CA. Click here for more information.

Prison Project Newsletter

The volunteer Buddhist chaplains (from ISC and IMC) have started a newsletter for the sangha (community) that includes both the “inside” sanghas of inmates and the “outside” sanghas of people who are interested in and supportive of Buddhist meditation programs in the prisons. Insight Santa Cruz members are invited to participate in this project by submitting artwork or writing to this newsletter. Click here for more information.

Prison Pen Pal Project

Buddhist sangha members are matched with an inmate who attends the prison shangha. The correspondence views ordinary life activity through the lens of dharma practice. This is a rich experience for each. You need to have practiced for at least 6 months. All correspondence is handled through a P.O. Box to protect the privacy of participants. For more information, email Elizabeth at email hidden; JavaScript is required