We offer an opportunity for the cultivation of awareness and compassion by caring for those at the end-of-life. 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.
Each 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 Palliative Care ward, or at our Guest House residential care facility.
The first step in becoming a Volunteer Caregiver is to complete an application. The open enrollment for the Spring 2018 training period has officially closed. Our next training will be Spring 2019. Open Enrollment for the Spring 2019 training will begin on January 1, 2019. For more information on becoming a volunteer caregiver please review our application process page
. We encourage you to read through our Volunteer pages before applying.
Special Skills Volunteers bring their gifts of time, skill, and talent to help at our Guest House.
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For more information about both the Volunteer Caregiving Program and our Special Skills Volunteers, please review the FAQs.