Support Ven Tenzin's Projects
Ven. Tenzin receives support from Land of Medicine Buddha for the teachings she offers there, but in addition she volunteers teaching in prisons and corresponding 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.
The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has volunteer opportunities at COVID vaccination sites, food distribution services, and much more.
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.
VOLUNTEER AS A FRIENDLY CALLER OR REFER A SENIOR
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.
GETTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE VACCINATED
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.
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: https://www.ihollaback.org/harassmenttraining/
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.
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.
Build a Pathway to Citizenship
DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and people who are undocumented are an important part of our communities. They’re our friends, neighbors and families. Five million essential workers who are undocumented have worked on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our lights on, our store shelves stocked and our communities safe and housed.
However, too many people have no viable path to citizenship. Millions of DREAMers, essential workers and people eligible for TPS, a program that shields people from deportation to countries experiencing natural disasters, violent conflict or other extreme circumstances, have no protection from cruel deportations that shatter families and communities.
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.