Since the founding of Zen Caregiving Project in 1988, formerly known as Zen Hospice Project, our volunteer program has been the heart of the organization offering volunteer opportunities in palliative, hospice, and chronic care settings. We offer a variety of ways volunteers can become involved at Zen Caregiving Project, and we welcome you to consider how you can serve.

Our volunteer program emphasizes a mindful, human-centered approach in which the spiritual and emotional needs of those we care for are primary.

The Application Process

Our Volunteer Caregiver commitment is a minimum of one year of service. This commitment includes one weekly shift of five hours in morning, afternoon, or evening, one day per week (weekdays or on the weekends). Shift assignments are the same day and time each. Applicants accepted into our program will undergo an initial 40-hour training over a 10-day period of time. New Volunteer applications will open during the first week of December 2023 for our Spring 2024 training and will be posted here on the website. Check back on this page in December to find the application. In the meantime, you can go to our Volunteer FAQs for more information.

Volunteers at Laguna Honda Hospital and in the Tenderloin

Laguna Honda Hospital

Zen Caregiving Project (ZCP) volunteers have served at Laguna Honda Hospital for more than 30 years. In 2022, we extended our volunteer program to the Cadillac Hotel, offering a unique and challenging opportunity for volunteers to offer our model of compassionate care to a traditionally underserved population.

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.

Allison Shields
Andrés López
Andy Wolfe
Audrey Meinertzerhagen
Beth Gorelick
Bob Stumpf
Bonnie Howe
Brian Rink
Brooks Campbell
Darren Cox
Dharam Kaur Khalsa
Diane Schneider
Elisabeth Garst
Gina Alvino
Heidi Hartsough
Hephzibah Plotkin
Jan-Marie Bannon
Jane Yen
John Ungvarsky
Judy Tang
Karen Voets
Kate Durham
Kelly McVicker
Khiem Nguyen
Kristin Bowers
Hal Oates
Irene Morente
Linda Beenau
Linda Martin
Lindsay Wheeler
Loretta Lowrey
Preston Evers
Margaret Schroder
Mary Scott
Matt Trojnar
Nannette Mickle
Rhonda Rogers
Saskia Biscoe
Skip Foppert
Steve McKinney
Wendy Botwin
Zoi Hall

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