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Volunteer Work Exchange

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/by donation day or as an adult volunteer assisting with a Family Practice Day.
  • "Prior" Work Exchange-  WE credit hours
    Work Exchange (WE) credit hours can be ‘banked’ and exchanged, at a later date, to reduce or waive the fees for programs and events when space allows.  Volunteering for our kitchen, housekeeping, land, facilities, or administrative departments or volunteering for a Dana/by donation day allows you to accrue hours for future use for programs where registration is required.  WE credit hours can not be used for Drop-in or Online programs.

How can I accrue hours for future program & event use?
Volunteering in the kitchen, with housekeeping, on the land, helping with office work, outreach, and other projects allows you to accrue hours.

How do I redeem the hours I accrue?
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteering@spiritrock.org to register.  We appreciate advanced registration as this helps our events team plan for how many participants to expect, if you use WE hours at the door it is on a space available basis.  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 you.  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. 

PRIOR WORK EXCHANGE (WE) CREDIT HOURS CAN BE REDEEMED AS FOLLOWS:
Daylongs = 4 hours
Special Events = 4 hours (Professional Trainings are not eligible for WE credit spaces)
Half-days = 2 hours
Evening Events = 2 hours
Class Series = 1-2 hours per class
Non-Residential, Multiday retreats = 4 hours per day plus a contribution of half the base tuition for the program

Benefits: Volunteers can exchange four hours of previously accrued hours to reduce the cost of some 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 fee must be paid at the time you sign up in order to hold your spot.  If you need to cancel, please do so prior to 4 pm Thursday before a weekend event so that you can be issued an open credit for you for 1 year, to be used towards any non-residential event.  There are no refunds.

TRACKING HOURS
Volunteers are responsible for informing the Volunteer Coordinator of all hours served. If you are offering service on-site, please write your hours in one of the binders so they can be accurately tracked. Binders are located in the Volunteer Coordinator's office in the new Administation Building, in the Volunteer drawer in the Maintenance Barn building, the volunteer cabinet in the Community Meditation Center, in the kitchen and in the Retreat Manager's office.  You may also email this information to volunteering@spiritrock.org.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Spirit Rock is pleased to offer volunteer opportunities in fulfillment of Community Service requirements for traffic infractions. 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.  Your work helps allow our community of practitioners to connect with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.

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