Archive for the AZC 'Service Opportunities'


The doan is the person who hits the bells during the ceremonies. The community needs more doans; there are only a couple of people who actively perform the role. Being doan is a great dharma practice.

Highland Correctional Center (Eagle River)

AZC volunteers visit the women’s prison on the first and third Friday each month. This is a wonderful opportunity to share dharma with the support of experienced leaders. This is open to women only. Please contact Cindy Schraer,, if interested in participating . The group usually leaves Anchorage at 9:45 am and gets back around 1 pm.

Spring Creek Correctional Center (Seward)

Currently volunteers visit Spring Creek the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The departure time is 11 AM and arrival back in Anchorage is around 7 PM. This service opportunity is open only to men. If you are interested in visiting Spring Creek contact Dax,

An Alaska Department of Corrections application process is required before visiting a correctional facility, which generally takes several weeks for approval. After an orientation a new volunteer receives a lay volunteer card. A lay volunteer must accompany a lay leader or priest to visit a correctional facility. Click to view and download a religious volunteer application form.