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.

our volunteers

Our open enrollment period for accepting volunteer applications closed on August 31st and we now have a new class of 22 volunteers admitted into our training program. Congratulations to the new trainees!

However, due to ongoing logistical and public health issues around the pandemic, we have postponed the training yet again. It will now be held in April of 2022, so we will not be accepting new applications in early 2022. Please stay tuned to this website for updates on when our next open enrollment will be held.

Core Training in 2022
April 20th & 21st, 5:45–10:00 PM
April 23rd & 24th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
April 30th & May 1st, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Ongoing Training in 2022
Tues. May 24th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. June 21st, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. July 19th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Aug. 16th, 7:00–9:00 PM 

Online Sessions in 2021-2022
Sat. Oct 23rd, 10:30 AM–12:00 noon
Tues. Jan. 18th, 7:00–8:30 PM
Tues. Feb. 22nd, 7:00–8:30 PM
Tues. Mar. 15th, 7:00–8:30 PM

Please read the requirements for volunteering carefully and keep in mind that due to ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, changes to dates will be announced in the status emails.


Potential Volunteer Caregivers must commit to the following:

  • Full participation in the initial 40-hour training, and five subsequent ongoing training sessions.
  • Submitting to a criminal background check.
  • Must take a TB test and have proof of covid vaccination. Volunteer caregivers are also required to get a flu shot each year.
  • 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.
  • 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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