Volunteering in our community

Zen Center North Shore is grateful to be part of an active and committed community of organizations and people in the area who are making the world a better place. We have become deeply involved in providing support for immigrants who have been arrested/imprisoned or are in danger of arrest simply because of their immigration status.  These arrests/imprisonments have often left children without parents. Coordinating with Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN) and ECCO (Essex County
Community Organization), we have a number of opportunities that anyone can help with. If interested in any of the opportunities listed, please contact our Community Action Coordinator Kathy Lique at kquinn310@gmail.com for more information or to be included in mailing lists for future opportunities to help.

  • Accompanying people to court (daytime / weekday)

  • Writing letters of support

  • Providing transportation to and from the ICE facility in Burlington, MA

  • Participating in Solidarity rallies in Boston

Volunteering at Zen Center

Thanks and love to all who have helped in a variety of ways to nurture and support Zen Center North Shore as we reach out to each other and to others in our community. There are always opportunities to become more active in our sangha. Please contact Work Leader Tom Laaser at t_laaser@salemstate.edu if you’d like to talk about what you’d like to contribute, or to help with any of the following:

  • A member who can develop an overall marketing/outreach strategy for the Center. You may also decide to put together a group that would help with this and with its implementation.

  • A member who can write press releases and other media in coordination with marketing and outreach.

  • A member with graphic design skills who could help design flyers and members who can help distributing them around the North Shore.

  • A member to convene a committee to address needs to make additional renovations to our space and recruit members who can help with this (we have several who have helped with this in the past.)

  • A member to work with our Treasurer sending thank you notes for donations to the Center.

  • For meditation sessions mornings and evenings each week, we train people in various roles: Doan (bell-ringing), Kokyo (leading chants), Fukudo (playing a small drum during chants), and Chiden (caring for altars). Please let Jikan know if you can help with one of these roles. Bell-ringing training is offered Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Email jikanbevan@gmail.com for more information.

  • Arranging flowers for the altars.

Other donations to consider include: Tea, coffee, toilet paper and paper towels (100% recycled, ideally), weekly fresh flowers, and altar supplies: white, 12-inch tapered candles and votives.

Thank you very much for your support of Zen Center North Shore. It makes a difference, and allows you to become a significant part of our community.