How to Become a Volunteer Caregiver

The first step to becoming a Volunteer Caregiver is to submit an application. Then, if considered eligible, applicants will be invited to participate  in an informal interview. If accepted into the program, participants complete a 40+ hour intensive training, which is typically offered twice a year every spring and fall. 

 Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. It is not uncommon for us to have a waiting list to enroll in our trainings. Once a training is full all other applicants will be forwarded to the next scheduled training. 

Open Enrollment for the Spring 2019 training will beging on December 1, 2018 and end on February 28, 2019. 

You can apply by filling out this application

Applicants will not be notified of the status of their application until two weeks after the end of the open enrollment period ends.

Requirements of Participation:


Potential Volunteer Caregivers must commit to the following:


  • Full participation in the initial 43-hour training, and five subsequent Ongoing Training Sessions*.
  • Submitting to a criminal background check, and TB test.
  • After full completion of the training program, Volunteer Caregivers commit to serving one 5-hour shift per week for one year of service. Shifts are the same week to week.
  • In addition, Volunteer Caregivers commit to participating in monthly Community Meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:45pm to 9:00pm.
  • A $350 dollar training fee. 

Volunteer Training Details

The rigorous training for new Volunteer Caregivers focuses on the fundamentals of hospice and palliative care within a broader context of contemplation and awareness. The training supports volunteers to be present and open to what is happening in the moment, thus enabling them to better understand and respond to the needs of those facing end-of-life. The total training commitment is comprised of 43 hours of intensive training sessions, and five follow-up training sessions.  

2019 Spring Training Dates

  • Wednesday & Thursday, April 3 & 4, 2019 5:45 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2019 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Ongoing Spring Training Sessions:

  • May 21, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
  • June 18, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
  • July 16, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
  • August 20, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
  • September 17, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

If you are not prepared to meet the requirements of both training and care giver service, please consider our Special Skills Volunteer program.