About the Volunteer Program

We understand that caring for persons facing end-of-life is more than a volunteer commitment but also an opportunity to connect to a larger caregiving community and to reflect on our shared mortality.

Roy and PamelaEach volunteer receives thorough training, on-going supervision, and support from a community of like-minded individuals. No prior experience in health care is necessary. We train volunteers to serve with a range of skills grounded in a foundation of mindfulness, compassion, and practical support for residents, families, and even other caregivers.  

 Our volunteers find their training and service to be a source for resiliency, inspiration, and open-heartedness. As a result,  the Zen Hospice  Volunteer Caregiver Program has emerged as one of the longest continuously running hospice volunteer programs in the country.   Although volunteers are required to commit to one year of service, many serve well beyond. Our average volunteer term is 5 years with many volunteers serving for a decade or more.

Once trained, volunteers serve at either of two sites, Laguna Honda Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care ward, or at our Guest House residential care facility.

 Photo Credit: Teresa Kennett