Do you do volunteer work in the community that could use more hands? Do you know of volunteer opportunities that strengthen lovingkindness and compassion? Send a description and your contact information to email@example.com and we will solicit volunteers who want to engage in a new bodhisattva practice. Below are some suggetions offered by members.
Music Mends Minds
Senior Services for South Sound and Olympia Rotary Club are teaming up to develop a Music Mends Minds band to perform weekly at the Olympia Senior Center. If you can make music you can participate.
Public volunteer registration for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games is NOW OPEN! From sports competition and special event assistance to emergency management and behind-the-scenes operations, volunteers of every skill and experience level will be essential to the success of the USA Games, being held in Seattle. Positions will be available from June 29th-July 7. To volunteer, go to Special Olympics
No One Dies Alone Volunteer Companion Program
Three Nalanda members currently volunteer for this program through Providence, providing vigils or reassuring bedside companionship to those who might otherwise die alone. To learn more, talk to Claire or call Providence Spiritual Care at 360-493-7240. A training is required.
Hospice Volunteer Training
The next training for Providence Hospice Volunteers is schedule for March 21, 23, 28, and 30 (those are Wednesdays and Fridays). You must attend all four sessions. The training covers hospice philosophy and end of life education. Volunteers interact with patients and families in many creative ways to enhance their lives. You can work close to where you live.
Washington Correction Center (Shelton) Prison Dharma Outreach
Join other Buddhist volunteers who offer meditation & dharma teachings on the 3rd Sunday each month from 12:30-2:30pm or also on the 1st Friday from 6:30-8:00pm.
Three inmates who have completed a year-long training will begin teaching Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Path of Freedom program beginning Sunday, Jan. 21. They will be the first men behind bars certified to facilitate this program for other inmates. To date this program has been taught only by outside volunteers. However, this historic undertaking is dependent on gaining access to classroom space which requires 2 outside volunteers to be present during their class. They desperately need a core of folks who will show up once a month or once every 6 weeks or only on an emergency basis when a scheduled volunteer has another commitment or is ill.
The Crisis Clinic uses volunteers to provide a listening ear, or help to those needing resources or information. Check their website, or call 360-586-2800.
Interfaith Works -- of which Nalanda is a member -- has several activities that could use volunteer help, such as the annual homeless census. Check their "Selections! IW Community Calendar. One additional click is necessary to download the calendar.
Community Care Center
SideWalk aims to end homelessness, and partners with Interfaith Works and other organizations at the Providence Community Care Center. Volunteers are needed in many capacities, and training is provided. Contact Sidewalk
Thurston County Food Bank
From packing groceries to picking produce, and more! Volunteer daytime shifts are available nearly every day of the week, with two evenings per month and limited seasonal opportunities on weekends.
The best way for individuals to start is to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Tour, which are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 3 - 4 PM (so Dec. 19, Jan. 2 and 16, etc.).
Can you donate your time to provide a free evening meal for those in need? Join a friendly group from the Community for Interfaith Celebration on the 2nd Saturday of each month -- Feb 10, Mar 10 etc. -- to host a meal at the Salvation Army on Plum St. downtown. There are two shifts: cooking 3:30-4:30; serving and clean up 4:50 - 6:30PM. The serving crew gets to interact with the diners, so this is a good way to get a concrete sense of the need in our own town. There are a lot of regulars to show you what to do and how to do it. To sign up for a shift (or to join the call list when substitutes are needed).
The Volunteer in Parks program is a great way to learn about Olympia's parks and help them stay healthy and beautiful. A good entry point is to join a work party--all abilities welcome. In December, work parties will occur at Ellis Cove in Priest Point Park, Yashiro Japanese Garden, the Springwood Parcel (formerly Zabel's rhododendron garden), and West Bay Park. Tools, gloves and some refreshments are provided. For work parties, dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. This could be a good family activity because all ages are welcome, but there are special requirements for those under age 18.
Check the Parks webpage. That website also has a link to Upcoming Work Parties. Ask Jan Vleck about his experience
Volunteer at Nalanda!
Ongoing volunteers are needed for routine maintenance, moderate-skill improvement projects, publicity for events, setting up/taking down for events, annual retreat committee, other event committees.