Serving your meditation community is a form of spiritual practice. When we work together, we cultivate generosity and strengthen relationships with others on the path. Inevitably, challenges arise and we have an opportunity to strengthen patience, kindness and clarity. Long-term volunteers often develop deep and meaningful friendships.
Dekeling is a small community but it takes plenty of work to sustain us. Part of our volunteering philosophy is to make small, manageable work commitments possible. We also have leadership positions that require professional level skils and decision-making, and considerably more time.
If you’d like to explore volunteering, check out current opportunities below. If you have a skill not listed, email Lama Lekshe. There are many jobs that can be done online, at a distance as well as tasks that are one-time efforts that require a skill such as carpentry or sewing. If you have a skill to offer that we have not listed here, by all means contact us we love to collaborate.
Work is love made visible.Kahlil Gibran
Got a minute? – One time summer tasks available now
(These are outdoor tasks that can be done alone or with a friend, even if you are not vaccinated, so long as you are both in the Covid-pod.)
On-going Volunteer Positions
Photograph events, curate photos and manage photo storage
Update content and solve technical issues on the website, problem solve with content creators and users
Create, and publish Dekeling’s quarterly e-newsletter
Email lists maintenance
Add/remove addresses from Announce, Livestream, and Community email lists
Marketing – Create event announcements and social media posts
Preparation and technical aspects for ZOOM presence
|TEMPLE CARETAKING ||Cleaning Helpers|
Weekly cleaning of facility
Stocks supplies for bathrooms, cleaning
Stocks amenities for guests in the Dekeling building
Grounds and Building
Maintenance of Dekeling’s yard and garden, management repair and improvement projects
|WEEKLY SESSION SUPPORT||Potluck/Tea Manager|
Organizes same-day task for these events (prep, cleanup, etc.
Open the building, turn on lights, prepare water and snacks, etc.
Friend to All
Connect with new guests
Prepares the altar and makes offerings (flowers, candles, etc.)
Leads the chanting, rings start and finish bells
Registration, venue preparation and cleanup at Portland Center, hosts, etc.
Registration, securing a venue and event insurance and venue preparation and cleanup
Review applications and select recipients for scholarships
|BOARD MEMBERS & PROFESSIONAL |
|President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large share these duties|
Manage the business of Dekeling, including finances, policies, vision and mission and fund-raising
Manages the bookkeeper and Resident Lama positions
Recruit and train future board members
Work directly with the lama on important issues of community well-being
Provide professional-level assistance