Outreach

buddhist-symbols-8The Rime Center’s outreach programs work to engender the Buddhist ideals of compassion (karuṇā), generosity (dāna), and equanimity (upekṣā), while giving opportunities to Rime members and community members to act on these ideals by volunteering in the various programs or supporting them financially.

Community Outreach at Harvesters

Every third Saturday of the month, volunteers go to Harvesters to help with sorting and repacking food that will be distributed to soup kitchens or food pantries in the area or working in the community garden. To sign up, please contact Vickie at: vickie.cumberland@rimecenter.org.

Homeless Outreach

Volunteers meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. to fill the bodhi bags with food for the homeless. Distribution of these bags will occurs every Sunday at 12:15 p.m. following our Sunday service.  Check out our Facebook page or for more information contact our Homeless Outreach coordinator at homeless.outreach@rimecenter.org.

Prison Outreach

The Rime Center currently has Buddhist inmate groups at several area state and military prisons that are visited regularly by our volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to assist in the teaching of the Dharma to the prison sangha. All volunteers are required to submit an application and agree to a background check by the various departments of corrections. Once approved, volunteers must attend a training program. Email prison.outreach@rimecenter.org for more information.

Tibetan Refugee Outreach

Every day Tibetans risk their lives by walking across the Himalayas simply for religious freedom.  Refugees who make it to India or Nepal have few if any job skills and they live in abject poverty. The Center finds American sponsors for needy Tibetan refugees. You can help for as little as $30 per month. This small amount can allow a Tibetan refugee to have a roof over his/her head, food to eat and even an education. Please consider sponsoring a refugee – you can literally save a life and you will have a friend for this lifetime (or many lifetimes!). Email sponsorship@rimecenter.org if you would like more information on being a sponsor.