The Shambhala Center of Washington DC is run by volunteers. We rely on the inspiration, energy, and talents of many people who share in the work of making Shambhala available in the DC Metro area and beyond. This activity is part of “creating enlightened society.”

Our volunteers make it possible for the Washington DC Shambhala Center to flourish. Volunteering is an important aspect of membership required of all members, as well as an opportunity to practice mindfulness and manifest the principles of enlightened society. Volunteering is also a way to express appreciation to our lineage and to those who have gone before us.

You don’t have to be a member to volunteer. There are opportunities for newcomers as well as longtime students to get involved.

Volunteeering simultaneously helps us offer programs and deepens one’s own connection and path. Everyone is enriched when you share what you have to offer.   Many opportunities are just a few hours a month!

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy, by e-mail to discuss how you can best get involved. 

Coordinator and Aides – here’s a quick link to our Programs and Events sign-up sheet!

Volunteer Opportunities

Without Prerequisites (although some brief training may be necessary)

Cleaning – dusting, wiping, washing around the Center

Blog Manager  
Reach out to sangha members, event participants, teachers, guest speakers, etc, to request blog posts for Center website

Shopping Volunteer  
Shop for the food needed for weekend programs (breakfast, lunch, and tea)

Greeter for Public Sitting  
Greet practitioners at door

With Prerequisites (and training)

Coordinator – Weekend Programs
(completed Level III, aiding experience, previously completed program)
Coordinator for all aspects of program – Coordinator guidebook available

Aides – Weekend Programs  
(completed Level III)
Support coordinator, and participants through the program

Coordinator – Weeknight Classes  
(completed Joy in Everyday Life, previously completed program)
Coordinator all aspects of program – Coordinator guidebook available

Aides – Weeknight Classes 
(completed Joy in Everyday Life)
Support coordinator, and participants through the program

Childcare Volunteer  
(application, background check, and training)
Provide childcare and/or lead mindfulness activities during programs and community events and the Children’s program

Full Moon Gathering Volunteers  
(Center Member)
Coordinate or Aide – set up, clean up, and meal preparation

Open House Coordinator  
(past experience with coordinating)
Set up tea and reception, provide support to teacher, introduce talk and general announcements, clean up

Timekeeper for Public Sitting 
(Timekeeper training with Practice and Education)
Be the timekeeper!