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.

Due to the uncertainty of the current health crisis, we have tentatively scheduled the next New Volunteer Training for October 2021.

Please check back in June for enrollment and schedule updates.


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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