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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
general@insightpv.org
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Volunteering at Insight PV

A Gift of Time and Skills
Insight PV is able to serve the community because so many take delight in donating their time and efforts. Volunteering to help with the daily tasks of running the Center is an invaluable form of dana.

Tasks include serving on a committee, managing a class or event, offering administrative help, etc. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email your interest to the Administrative Director, Joyce, at general@insightpv.org.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Rebecca Bradshaw (ex officio, Guiding Teacher)
Joyce Genet (ex officio, Director)
Candace Cassin (President)
Kelley Tice (Treasurer)
Rick Hart (Secretary)
Hal Fales
Leslie Smith Frank
Je Theresa Vincent

Volunteer Staff
Although there are others who also help the Center, the following volunteers have an ongoing work commitment:

Catalina Arrubla - Friday night sit coordinator, host, greeter
Adam Cohen - Google Calendar, IPV Listserv, IT
Adam Cohen, Sarah Bankert, Sarah Malzone - Parents Group Facilitators
Jean Esther, Emilie Woodward - Beloved Community Builders Leaders
Jennifer Eckard, Andrew Forsthoefel, and Mike Root - Young Adult Facilitators
Rick Hart - Facilities Manager, Librarian, Community Service Chair, Board
Renee Mendez - People of Color Group Facilitator
Joan Simonelli - Data Entry
Martin Urbel - Rideshare Coordinator
Carolyn Zaikowski - Volunteer Host Coordinate, Board


Greeters and Hosts

For each events, we need someone to serve as Host (events with registration) or Greeter (dharma talks) in order to create and hold a welcoming and comfortable space for the participants and for the teachers.

The responsibilities include the following:

- arrive 45 minutes early to hang signs in the building
- prepare the space
- greet and help people check in as they arrive
- register people who weren't able to do so on-line
- hand out and explain the dana envelopes
- give a brief dana talk

A checklist of tasks is available for you to look over ahead of time, plus our host coordinator, Carolyn Zaikowski, or I would be happy to go over it with you in person, via email, or on the phone, in order to answer any questions you might have.

This is a wonderful way to offer non-financial dana and you are welcome reduce or eliminate your registration dana in exchange as you see fit. It's also a great way to get to know more people in the sangha (community) and foster relationships that support your practice. We hope you'll consider it. Please contact the Director if you're interested.


Facilities

Rick Hart coordinates volunteers to take care of our space. We have a cleaning team that rotates weekly to clean and vacuum. We also need people to take care of the plants (Green Metta Team), tidy up and stock the tea station, and take care of exchanging empty water bottles for full one. If you're interested in helping with facilities contact Rick Hart.


Administration

If you have computer or other administrative skills, we need assistance with data entry, filing, social media, thank you notes, flyers, etc. We're still working out how to best utilize the gifts of our sangha members who wish to help in this way. Contact the Director if you're interested.

Development Committee: Joyce Genet (Chair), Kelley Tice

Finance Committee: Lucy Baruch, Joyce Genet (Administrative Director), Fariba Ghayebi (bookkeeper), Kelley Tice (Treasurer).

Community Service Committee: Adi Bemak, Barbara Quinn, David Axelrad, Denise Amato, Denise Cormier, Ginny Christenson, Jean Esther, Jean Marie Casbarian, Jen Cannon, Kathleen Trestka, Leah Esrick, Lisa Melnick, Maya Liebermann, Rachel Rahn, Rebecca Bradshaw, Rebecca Burwell, Rick Hart (Chair), Rick Kristek, Sue Rama and Susan Carson

At our Visioning Meeting, a number of folks expressed interest in helping the sangha do community service.  Our first project was having a group contribute, prepare and serve several dinners over the winter and spring at the Interfaith homeless shelter in Northampton. We now contribute, prepare and serve one dinner per month at the shelter. Anyone who would like to contribute food and drink and/or help serve them, please contact Rick Hart at: rshart3@comcast.net, or call him at (413) 320-1886. Please let us know if you want to become involved.

Beloved Community Builders: Emilie Woodward (chair), Jean Esther (teacher/advisor), Leslie Smith-Frank (board liaison), Andrew Berger, Lore Detenber, Val Nelson, Kelley Tice, Cathy Vollinger, Dona Wheeler.

With the Buddha’s teachings as a guide, BCB focuses on addressing and healing the suffering of interpersonal, structural, and institutional oppression.We seek to co-create a radically welcoming sangha that is truly open to all people and in all the ways they identify including but not limited to: race, sex, religion, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or age. 

BCB’s current focus is racism. We recognize that racial equity involves access to resources, including the dharma. As the BCB meets, we share our experiences and learn about race, privilege, and power to cultivate wisdom. We aim to become a resource for the IPV community by sponsoring workshops, retreats and dharma talks as well as addressing issues of inclusion that arise within our community.