Support for Local Shelters
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (S.A.V.E.) is a non-profit community-based organization with shelters in the East Bay. For many years M.A. Center has supported S.A.V.E. by providing in-kind donations such as food and clothing during the holiday seasons. Contact: Sindhu
Circle of Love
Circle of Love letters give writers an opportunity to reach out to others with loving care. We are always looking for people to join us. Volunteer writers make a commitment to write weekly for three months.
Recipients have the benefit of experiencing that someone cares. We write to people in the community who are sick, grieving, isolated or feeling lost. Are you facing a difficult time and would like support and encouragement? Would you, or someone you know, enjoy receiving a letter from one of our volunteers?
Contact Circle of Love to get more information about writing and, or, receiving letters for yourself, or someone you would like to refer to us.
Circle of Love Inside
Through letters, Circle of Love Inside brings Amma's love to people in prison. As a part of this program, the M.A. Center San Ramon sends Amma’s books free of charge to inmates.
There are always inmates waiting for letters, and when we write to them, our focus is on being supportive and encouraging. Would you like to be a spiritual friend to someone through letter writing? To volunteer, contact Circle of Love Inside
Fairs & Festivals
Throughout the year we participate in a variety of local fairs and festivals. Depending on the fair, our booths range from:
- Amma’s Kitchen: serving delicious vegetarian Indian food
- The Amma Shop: offering spiritually-based gifts including books and music, herbal products, clothes and jewelry.
- GreenFriends: offering information about cultivating sustainability in our daily lives
- Ayurvedic Consultations
- Vedic Palm Reading
- Chair Massage
Participating in the fairs is a wonderful way to introduce people to Amma and her charitable projects.
For inquiries or comments, please feel free to email us at: Fairs
Events Benefiting Amma’s Humanitarian Projects
The San Ramon center engaged in fund raising for Amma’s projects almost from its inception, though it was the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia that spurred major efforts to support Amma’s burgeoning humanitarian projects. Immediately after the tsunami, there was an explosion of events, some at M.A. Center, some at other San Francisco Bay Area venues. A vision for ongoing fund raising took shape. From cooking classes and garage sales to major music and dance concerts, community members came forward offering their talents and skills. The relentless list of natural disasters—earthquakes in India and Haiti, the New Orleans flood disaster, Japan’s tsunami and nuclear catastrophe—all became motivation for our community to band together in fundraising.