How to Become a Zen Caregiving Volunteer

The first step in 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, typically offered every spring.

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We review applications in the order they are received. We encourage applicants to answer application questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. It is not uncommon for us to have a waiting list to enroll in our training.

Open enrollment to apply for our New Volunteer Training begins now and will run until the end of August. Please click on the button below to begin the application process.

Please read the requirements for volunteering carefully and keep in mind that due to ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, the training which is scheduled to begin on October 13th may have to be postponed. Interviews for eligible candidates will be held in September.

Core Training
Oct. 13th & 14th, 5:45–10:00 PM
Oct. 16th & 17th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Oct. 23th & 24th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Ongoing Training
Tues. Nov. 16th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Dec. 14th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Jan. 18th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Feb.22nd, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Mar. 15th, 7:00–9:00 PM


Requirements of Participation

Potential Volunteer Caregivers must commit to the following:

  • Full participation in the initial 40-hour training, and five subsequent ongoing training sessions.
  • To be accepted into the training program, Volunteer Caregivers are asked to commit to serving on a weekly five-hour shift for one full year of service. Shift times are the same week-to-week.
  • Submitting to a criminal background check and TB test. Volunteer caregivers are also required to get a flu shot each year.
  • In addition, Volunteer Caregivers commit to participating in monthly Community Meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Willingness to pay a training fee ($250, $300 or $350 according to one’s ability). We turn no one away for a lack of funds.

“I like volunteering because it is a time when I can enjoy the simple warmth of just being together with beautiful humans.”

Current Volunteer


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