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 April 2021.

Please check back in January for enrollment and schedule updates.

Core Training
Apr. 14th & 15th, 5:45–10:00 PM
Apr. 17th & 18th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Apr. 24th & 25th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Ongoing Training
Tues. May 18th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Jun. 22nd, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Jul. 20th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Aug.17th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Tues. Sep. 21st, 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

Volunteering with The Bloom Project

Another opportunity to volunteer with Zen Caregiving Project is through our Bloom Project partnership. The Bloom Project is a non-profit that provides fresh flowers to local hospice and palliative care patients. As a Bloom Project volunteer, you would attend a short training session in flower arranging and then meet weekly on Monday mornings at Laguna Honda Hospital from 10 am-noon. You will serve with a team of people to sort, cut, and arrange fresh flowers into bouquets. Each shift ends with the creation of a flower mandala from the leftover blossoms. If you are interested in applying to become a Bloom Project volunteer, please email

“I can guarantee that when my shift ends at 6 PM, I’ll be feeling as good as any time all week.”

Current Volunteer

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