Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
A.R.E. Volunteer Services

Volunteer Guidelines


Most volunteer opportunities are in public areas, so attire should be business casual and closed toe shoes. Please follow the guidelines from your department supervisor.

Breaks and Lunch Period

There is coffee, hot water, microwaves and refrigerators available for staff and volunteers in all buildings. The mid-day break begins 12:00-12:30, when the guided meditation period begins in the Meditation Room (on the 3rd floor of the Visitor Center. The lunch period is from 12:30-1:30.

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The volunteer application that is signed prior to active participation states ‘I agree that all information obtained, as a result of service at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. are work product and as such considered confidential and sole property of the A.R.E., Inc.

Emergency Procedures

Each department keeps a list of Emergency Contact phone numbers. Your departmental orientation should cover the location of this document. This list is updated periodically and is helpful should an unforeseen situation arise.


The A.R.E. recognizes the following holidays and is closed for regular business at these times:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st) Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in Sept.)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

Inclement Weather

During inclement weather, call the organizations emergency line 457-7123 to hear updates of campus opening/closings.


The Cayce readings suggest daily meditation as a collective group from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room on the 3rd floor of the Visitor Center. The activity is not mandatory, but available to all volunteers to participate. During the weekday, this is staff/volunteer lead with 10 minutes of music, a prayer of protection as participants go into a deeper meditation, 15 minutes of silence, closing prayers for those requesting prayer and a closing of reading the affirmation of the month. Individuals are asked to remain for the entire period so as not to disturb others who are meditating.


Parking is usually available near all buildings. There are several parking areas on 67th and 68th street. During conferences the parking lot at the Visitor's Center is left open for the conferees. During large conferences, staff and volunteers are emailed to stay at home, especially during registration times. If you are requested to volunteer during these times, please have someone drop you off or park on the service road parallel to Atlantic Avenue.


Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas. Ask your supervisor for the location near you.

Telephone Usage

You may request to use the department's telephone for personal use when necessary. Cell phones are to be kept on vibrate or off while volunteering. Please conduct phone conversations outside or in a reception area during inclement weather so as not to disturb others.

Termination of Volunteers

ARE reserves the right to discharge a volunteer without prior warning. The following should not be viewed as all inclusive, but as examples of the kinds of circumstances that may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination:

  1. Harassment or discrimination specified in the policies signed at orientation are cause for immediate dismissal.
  2. Divulgence of confidential organizational or personal information about A.R.E., it’s affiliates, staff or other volunteers to the public.
  3. False information provided for applications, correspondence or statements to supervisors.
  4. Theft of property of the A.R.E. or those who visit the campus.
  5. Misuse of computer resources, email, or the internet.
  6. Evidence of intoxication, drug abuse or distribution of illegal substances.

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