Volunteer Work Exchange
Our Volunteer Coordinator arranges volunteer assignments for all non-residential programs, as well as volunteers needed in other departments.
TYPES OF WORK EXCHANGE:
- ‘Day Of’ Work Exchange for Programs and Events
Volunteering on the day of a program waives or reduces the fee. 'Day of' volunteers arrive between 60-90 minutes early to help with set up and agree to stay 60-90 minutes past the event end time to help clean up. You must also be available to help during breaks, part of the lunch break, as well as during some of the non-instructional periods, if needed. Note that hours are not accrued by volunteering for a 'day of' Work Exchange unless you volunteer for a dana day or for some volunteer roles on Family Practice Days.
- ‘Prior’ Work Exchange
Hours can be ‘banked’ and exchanged, at a later date, to reduce or waive the fees for programs and events. Volunteering for our kitchen, housekeeping, land, facilities, or administrative departments or volunteering for a 'dana' day program allows you to accrue hours for future use.
Opportunities for service that offer hours you can bank to attend future programs include: Monday night dinner prep, working on the land, office work and assisting with parking, luggage and greeting during retreat openings and closings. For a list of current opportunities please check out our Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities.
REDEEMING WORK EXCHANGE HOURS
Please pre-register with the Volunteer & Community Coordinator when you want to use your hours to attend programs and events. This helps our events team plan for how many participants to expect. If you are unable to attend an event that you have pre-registered for, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator so that the hours can be returned to your hours ‘bank’. Pre-registration closes at noon on Friday for all weekend programs. One hour will be deducted from your volunteer hour bank if you do not show up for an event and you do not let the Volunteer Coordinator know prior to noon on Friday.
HOURS CAN BE REDEEMED AS FOLLOWS:
Daylongs = 4 hours
Half-days = 2-3 hours
Evening Events (Jai Uttal) = 2 hours
Class Series = 1-2 hours per class
Weekly or Monthly Classes = 1 hour per class
USING YOUR PRIOR WORK EXCHANGE HOURS TO ATTEND BENEFITS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
Benefits and Special Events are designated as such to raise money for Spirit Rock. For this reason, we ask for a monetary contribution in addition to redeeming hours worked prior to the event.
Benefits: Volunteers can exchange four hours of previously accrued hours to reduce the cost of most Benefits by 50% of the low-end of the sliding scale fee. Hours must be completed two weeks prior to the date of the Benefit and the $45 fee must be paid in advance to hold your spot.
Special Events: Volunteers can exchange four hours of previously accrued hours to reduce the cost of most Special Events to $30.
Volunteers are responsible for informing the Volunteer Coordinator of all hours served. If you are offering service on-site, please stop by the Volunteer Office to record your hours in the red binder so they can be accurately tracked. You may also email this information to email@example.com. Please include the project completed, date of service, hours served and the name of your staff supervisor.
Spirit Rock is pleased to offer volunteer opportunities in fulfillment of Community Service requirements. Volunteers performing community service do not receive work exchange hours and may not trade community service hours toward a daylong or class series.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- Work exchange hours are non-transferable.
- Work exchange hours cannot be exchanged for residential retreats.
- Work exchange hours cannot be used to discount purchases made in the bookstore or towards meals.
Thank you for the generosity of your time, talents, and enthusiasm. Your support allows Spirit Rock to fulfill our mission of bringing people to a depth of realization of the Buddha's path of liberation through direct experience and providing our community of practitoners with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.