If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift.
– The Buddha
The Shramadana Project (SP) is a volunteer initiative that has been organized to address some of the needs within the sangha, as well as to provide outreach to the community-at-large. The mission of the Shramadana Project is to explore, develop, and implement initiatives both within the sangha and the community-at-large. If you are interested in supporting this mission and being a part of this worthwhile project, please contact our current coordinator, Mary Mudd, at [email protected].
Caring Circles — Volunteer Assistance within the Sangha:
The most recent development of the Shramadana Project has been the formation of Caring Circles, which links volunteers from our community to those in need for any type of assistance. These activities could include meals, rides to appointments, shopping, and other needs that might come about as a result of some infirmity. Assistance, however, is not limited to needs related to an illness, but could include house sitting/pet sitting, or other tasks for which one might have limitations in performing. To initiate a request, download and fill out a Caring Circles Request for Assistance form. You can also find this form at our bookcase in the meeting room of the Episcopal Center. Give it to one of the Caring Circles coordinators listed on the form, or submit it as an email attachment to [email protected]. Likewise, if you would like to be a volunteer for Caring Circles, you may indicate your interest by writing to the same email above.
A group of us from Triangle Insight recently volunteered at the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Chatham Co., where a door was hung, nails were pulled from recycled wood, fence posts were sunk, a tool shed was reorganized, and weeds were whacked. After several hours of rewarding work, we received a lovely tour of the facilities by Lenore Braford. We met the “more than humans,” including the sheep, goats, turkeys, and chickens that have all been taken in to live out the rest of their lives in peace and harmony with the wonderful humans who care for them and who also come to visit and help support them. We also devoured a delicious vegan chocolate cake made from scratch by Howard Staab! Please visit their website by clicking on the link above to learn more about the refuge and how you can donate your time and/or money .
Current Groups within the SP:
Mindfulness Training at Durham Crisis Response Center: Coordinator — Ron Vereen
Spring/Fall Retreat Planning Group: Coordinator — Karen Ziegler
Media Night: Coordinator — Gerri McGuire
Caring Circles: Coordinator — Gordy Livermore
SP members are interested in volunteer opportunities with the organizations listed below. These are community organizations seeking volunteers to further their missions of nonviolence, racial and social equity, and supporting youth. The hope is this will be a way to connect us, both within the sangha and in the community, in volunteer efforts. SP participants are discussing how to be mindful of issues like paternalism, and how to define the scope of the list. Have ideas or a group to add? Please contact Mary Mudd at [email protected].
Durham Crisis Response Center
Volunteer Center of Durham (Search by keyword to find volunteer opportunities)
Spirit House (Harm Free Zone, Communities & Schools and more)
Organizing Against Racism NC
Triangle Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURG)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Criminal Justice Resource Center – Community Based Corrections
Reconciliation & Reentry – Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham
Dress for Success
Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
East Durham Children’s Initiative
Walltown Children’s Theatre
Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
Piedmont Wildlife Center