SIM members are actively involved in a number of community and worldwide humanitarian efforts. Listed below are a sampling of the organizations that SIM members support. The outreach efforts that are lead and/or coordinated by SIM members list the email address of the appropriate person for more information.
St. John’s Shelter
For many years, SIM volunteers have been preparing and serving dinner for the homeless women and children at St. John’s Program for Real Change in Sacramento. On the third Wednesday of each month, SIM members shop for the ingredients needed for a dinner. A group of five people then prepare a healthy meal from 3:00-5:00 pm. The serving crew comes in from 5:00-6:30 to serve dinner to the grateful residents. The cooking and serving crews have an opportunity to practice being mindful and present as they work. If you would like to participate in or find out more about volunteering at St. John’s, contact the coordinator, Mary Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.saintjohnsprogram.org.
Buddhist Pathways Prison Project
Buddhist Pathways Prison Project is a non-profit California religious corporation that brings Buddhist services, meditation practice, qigong/ yoga and retreat opportunities into Northern California prisons. Volunteers come from all major Buddhist lineages. SIM is well represented, although we can always use new volunteers. Prisons currently served are Folsom State Prison, California State Prison-Sacramento, Mule Creek State Prison, Deuel Vocational Institute, Sierra Conservation Center and Folsom Women’s Facility. If you are interested in volunteering “inside” and have at least one year of meditation practice, please contact Diane Wilde at email@example.com. More information can be found at www.buddhistpathways.org.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
A longstanding organization that supports socially engaged Buddhist practice. For more information, please visit www.bpf.org.
Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program
A yearlong training through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. More information can be found at www.sati.org.
SIM members are involved in a variety of humanitarian projects located abroad. Currently, SIM volunteer efforts include improving educational and employment opportunities for women and girls in India and offering free health screenings and care in Cambodia. Donations as well as volunteer participation to support these efforts are joyfully accepted.
Insight World Aid
Cofounded by dharma teacher Gil Fronsdal and members of the Insight Meditation Center, this group organized a medical and humanitarian aid mission to Cambodia in 2012 and conducts a number of local projects. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website at insightworldaid.org.
Buddhist Global Relief
Founded by the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, this organization provides food aid to impoverished communities worldwide. More information can be found at www.buddhistglobalrelief.org.
Myanmar Schools Project
Co-founded by dharma teacher Steve Armstrong, this group supports the building and improvement of schools in Burma (Myanmar). For more information, please visit myanmarschoolsproject.org.