SMEI is an association of volunteers. None of us gets paid to support discussion circles in our communitities; we do it because we believe that we make a positive difference. (We actually know that, because our own lives were transformed by discussion circles.)
SMEI earns a small commission when you order books with NWEI and mention us. We spend that money reimbursing our volunteers for photocopies, purchasing food for our gatherings, and on other minor expenses.
We keep it simple, and operate with no overhead. No accountants, no lawyers, no office rentals, no advertising, no payroll. Thus we do NOT need to ask you pay membership dues, or to donate money to us. NOT EVER.
However, if you would like to give back -- or pay it forward, or build our community by doing for others -- a great way is to donate a bit of your time, by being a volunteer together with us. The column on the right lists several ways in which you could do that.
But perhaps you can do even more than what's on our list. Perhaps you can figure out what we can do better, and how we can do it better.
The possibilities are endless. We appreciate all the help we can get!