Since the founding of Zen Hospice Project in 1988, the Volunteer Caregiving Program has been at the heart of our model of care. It serves as the foundation of everything we do and teach today as Zen Caregiving Project. Our program emphasizes a mindful, human-centered approach in which the spiritual and emotional needs of those we care for are primary.

patient with volunteer

All our volunteers are carefully screened, interviewed, and trained. The initial volunteer training, which includes over 40 hours of in-person learning, is highly experiential and explores the emotional and practical issues of serving in a healthcare environment.

patient and volunteer

Weekly service includes on-going supervision, support from a community of like-minded individuals, and on-going training sessions.

We train volunteers to serve with a range of skills grounded in practices of mindfulness and compassion.

For over thirty years, Zen Hospice Project volunteer caregivers have had a presence at Laguna Honda Hospital. Our volunteers carry on that legacy of service as Zen Caregiving Project by continuing to serve on the Palliative Care Ward, providing emotional support for persons living with chronic and terminal illnesses, their friends and family, and clinical staff.

LHH Volunteer Training Group

Our Volunteer Caregiving Program has emerged as one of the longest continuously running volunteer hospice and palliative care programs in the country.

While volunteers are required to commit to one year of service, our average volunteer term is five years with many volunteers serving for a decade or more.

Our Volunteers

Zen Caregiving volunteers have been a cornerstone of our caregiving model for almost three decades. We are grateful for the generosity and deep commitment that all of our volunteers bring to their service.

Alison Hunter
Andrés López
Andrew DeCoriolis
Andy Wolfe
Audrey Meinertzerhagen
Beth Beaulieu
Beth Gorelick
Bethany Becker
Bob Andrews
Bob Stumpf
Bonnie Howe
Brian Rink
Carly Loveman
Crystal Gurr
Darren Cox
David Maxwell
Deborah Johnsen
Dharam Kaur Khalsa
Dhiraj Korwani
Dorothy Wismar
Elisabeth Garst
Ellah Ray
Gaylen Berse
Gina Alvino
Hadas Rin
Heidi Hartsough
Hephzibah Plotkin
Jan-Marie Bannon
Jane Squire
Jane Yen
Jim Morein
Joan Amonette
John Rubin
Judy Tang
Kathleen Harlow
Kelly McVicker
Kristin Bowers
Laurent de Bord
Linda Beenau
Linda Kaufman
Linda Martin
Linda Switzer
Lindsay Wheeler
Loretta Lowrey
Lori Saltzman
Margaret Schroder
Mary Ann Slane
Mary Scott
Mayoor Steinberg
Melissa Kay
Meredith Groves
M.V. Rao
Nannette Mickle
Naomi Stoll
Olive Loew
Patty Dugan
Paul Armstrong
Phil Garrity
Rhonda Rogers
San Ng
Skip Foppert
Shanaugh Dely
Stephanie Wei
Steve McKinney
Timo Navsky
Vanessa Callison-Burch
Wendy Botwin
Will Meecham
Will Rogers
Yanli Wang
Zoi Hall

Bloom Project Volunteers

Carol Charlton
Cynthia Hogan
Henry Ostendorf
Janice Polizzi
Jill Rosenthal
Joan Amonette
Larisa Minerva
Lynn
Rose Morales


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