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Support Ven Tenzin's Teachings and Projects

Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi’s teachings are a labor of love and she would love to continue to find ways to offer these teachings to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. Beginning in August 2021, the Friday morning "Unlocking True Happiness" class will be offered on a “Pay It Forward” model – others have provided the means for you to access the teachings through their financial support, and if you would like for these teachings to continue in the future, consider “paying it forward” by making a donation to support future students’ access to the teachings. When she offers classes with a fee, no one will be turned away if they are unable to afford the course fee. If her labor of love enriches your life in any way, please consider offering for the benefit of all. Reliable monthly donations provide Ven. Tenzin with stability and enables her to focus her attention on offering innovative and powerful programs.

Ven. Tenzin supports herself from her course fees and as of August 2021 she receives no organizational support, and in addition to teaching she volunteers in prisons and corresponds with incarcerated students, is involved in several interfaith groups like the Islamic Networks Group and Faith in Action (an interfaith social justice group) as well as offering the “Reflections on Buddhism” radio show and the “Unlocking True Happiness” podcast. If you would like to help support Ven. Tenzin’s projects, you can make a Paypal donation by clicking the button below. (Note: the Paypal account is under the name of Patricia McWilliams, which is my legal name -- required by Paypal.) 


The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has volunteer opportunities at COVID vaccination sites, food distribution services, and much more. 


Learn More and Sign Up to Volunteer Here

Some of their current needs:


As a volunteer grocery shopper you can help to ensure that vulnerable community members are able to get the food they need as they shelter in place. We match community volunteers with seniors in need of grocery delivery and are currently looking for more volunteers to support this program. It can be as easy as getting a few extra groceries while you pick up yours. 


Learn More About Our Grocery Program 



Join us as a Friendly Caller through our program Stay Connected. Friendly Callers are matched with a senior for regular phone conversation and resource sharing. Callers are trained to provide information that is most relevant to the needs of local seniors including grocery delivery services, falls prevention, vaccine information, and basic technology support. 


Do you know an isolated senior who might be in need of this daily connection and support? We invite you to refer them to the Stay Connected Program where they will be matched with a volunteer. 

Learn More About Stay Connected 



Volunteers are needed to support the running of mass vaccine clinics throughout Santa Cruz County. As a volunteer you will be asked to help confirm community member appointments, bring supplies to various stations, and complete paperwork with community members before they receive the vaccine. 


Learn More About How You Can Help at the Clinics

Take Action

For Haiti:

On August 14 Ayiti, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake with smaller ones rippling in the aftermath. The numbers continue to rise in injuries and over 1,200 deaths. The US has a history of capitalizing from devastation and doing very little to provide much needed recovery aid. Other nations have begun showing up for the people of Haiti in the ways of medical support and food aid from Cuba, Taiwan, Mexico and Colombia. We can do more in various ways to support Haiti, visit Movement 4 Black Lives extensive list for more ways to support grassroots and integral organizations in Ayiti.

For Afghanistan: 

Text CRISIS to 52886 and ask your representatives and senators to help with relocating. You can also find out if your tax payer dollars are funding terroristic activities. Donate to charities like Afghan AidInternational Rescue Committee (IRC) or Women for Afghan Women.  

For Lebanon: 

Lebanon has been experiencing multiple crisis at once, from food insecurity to lack of medicine, now after a fuel explosion and 22 deaths, people are forced to seek refuge else where. Right now donations and collections of medical supplies and blood are the pressing ways to support, visit Lebanese Red Cross for more information.

Helping Refugees:

Miry’s list: The Los Angeles-based organization relies on crowdsourcing and social media to connect people with a new refugee family whose needs might not be entirely met by the organizations that sponsor them. Miry’s List supports families with temporary housing, emergency supplies, rides to appointments and more.

International Rescue CommitteeInternational Rescue Committee has been providing humanitarian aid and relief in Afghanistan since 1988. It has offices in Northern California, Los Angeles and San Diego. Stanford Prescott, the network communications officer for the organization, said all of the offices are currently serving recently arrived Afghan refugees and Afghans with special immigrant visas. 

Jewish Family & Community Services East BayJewish Family & Community Services East Bay offers a resettlement program that has long focused on refugees who have experienced persecution based on their religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. The majority of refugees it works with are Afghans who served as translators or provided support services for U.S. personnel in Afghanistan.

UC Berkely Crowdfunding: The university’s Human Rights Center, in partnership with San Jose State’s Human Rights Institute and the UC Berkeley Afghan Student Assn., created a crowdfunding campaign with the initial goal of providing immediate support for a leading women’s rights activist and journalist with five small children. The campaign’s goals were surpassed, so new donations will be used to support other Afghan refugees.

Grant Clemency to Women and Girls

The National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (The National Council) is a national network of organizations led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls committed to abolishing incarceration for women and girls.

The National Council has called on President Joe Biden to honor his campaign commitment to correcting the wrongs of the justice system by granting clemency to 100 women in his first 100 days in office. The First 100 Day campaign is the first leg of the national campaign to end incarceration of women and girls in the United States. We can collectively build a model for what is possible when we invest in communities instead of incarceration. 

Bystander Intervention Training

Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment, and believes we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. See a calendar of upcoming bystander intervention and harrassment prevention trainings here:

Stop Voter Suppression

Right now, Congress has a chance to stop state efforts designed to block citizens from voting. By passing legislation to restore the full strength of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Congress can protect the right to vote, particularly for communities of color. We need your help to make sure Congress seizes this important opportunity to restore voting rights.


Contact your members of Congress today and ask them to vote in favor of H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.


This legislation will, among other things, restore the essential portion of the Voting Rights Act that blocks discriminatory voting policies before they go into effect and put a transparent process in place that protects everyone’s freedom to vote. More than 400 anti-voter bills have been introduced, and there are currently 30 state laws on the books that suppress the vote with policies that ​​make mail voting and early voting more difficult, impose unnecessary voter ID requirements or make faulty voter purges more likely.


A majority of Americans of all parties support policies that allow every voter safe and equitable access to the ballot box. Voting rights for all should not be a partisan issue. The Voting Rights Act has a long history of bipartisan support. Since its initial passage, the law has been reauthorized four times by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into law by both Republican and Democratic presidents.


It’s time for Congress to act to make our democracy whole again. Contact Congress now and tell them to vote in favor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act!

Faith in Action


Faith in Action is a national interfaith social justice organization with many local chapters. They advocate for reform in the areas of immigrant justice, mass incarceration, voting rights, gun violence, and health care. 

Find a local chapter here and for a listing of opportunities to take action, visit

The California state branch of Faith in Action is called PICO California and you can find a list of their legislative priorities by clicking here

Nine Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021

People experiencing incarceration have been especially challenged the last year and a half, as COVID cases in prisons have been astronomical, personal visits and prison programming and classes have been completely disrupted, and much more. If you would like to support people experiencing incarceration with concrete actions, please check out this powerful list here.

Report to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center 

The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Our approach recognizes that in order to effectively address anti-Asian racism we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.