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The rapid and significant progress to advance end-of-life options is due to your commitment to take action ... and the dedication of more than 65,000 Compassion & Choices volunteers nationwide. We have tools, tips and team resources here to support your activity. However, wherever and whenever you want to get involved, we have what you need. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you for taking action in your community.


Welcome to the Compassion & Choices Volunteer Resource Center, your
one-stop shop for volunteer information and resources. On this page, you
will find everything you need to get going as a Compassion & Choices

The Volunteer Resource Center provides direction and resources that are
focused on five programmatic tracks that Compassion & Choices has
identified as the most pressing for volunteer support:

  • Medical Aid in Dying
  • Federal Policies and Programming
  • Truth in Treatment
  • Public Speaking & Storytelling
  • Access Campaign

Get Started

Getting started as a volunteer with Compassion & Choices is easy! Just follow a few simple steps:

  1. Sign up to volunteer using our online form.
  2. If there is an Action Team in your area, you will be put in touch with your local Action Team leader to get started.
  3. If there is not an Action Team in your area, you’ll be linked up to our network of training resources and advocacy materials, and we’ll get in touch with you when your efforts count most and if a new Action Team Leader steps up in your area.
  4. Meanwhile, watch and read through the materials below to learn more!
  • Volunteer Orientation Video Presentation This comprehensive orientation for new volunteers gives an overview of Compassion & Choices’ work to authorize and implement medical aid-in-dying laws in all fifty states, and provides volunteers with the next steps they can take to join in these efforts.
  •  Understand the issues
  • Why Compassion and Choices is a Consumer Movement Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee explains the history of C&C and the end-of-life choice movement
  • Confidentiality Agreement note that Compassion & Choices volunteers are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement on an annual basis by Feb. 1 of each year
  • Volunteer Media Policy note that Compassion & Choices volunteers are asked to sign the media policy on an annual basis by Feb. 1 of each year

Get Going

Now that you have a basic understanding about how you can get involved with our work, let’s take a deeper dive. Think about which of the programmatic tracks are most interesting to you, and review our training documents. There is a handbook and training webinar for most tracks.

Resources for Taking Action

Volunteer Brownbag Archives

The National Volunteer Brownbag Series is a free hour-long educational conference call that features leaders in  the end-of-life options and care movement talking about important and timely topics. These sessions are geared towards volunteers and provide both the most up-to-date information and ongoing suggestions and tips for how you can incorporate these topics in your volunteer activities.
National Volunteer Brownbag calls take place quarterly on the first Wednesday of the month at 12pm Pacific time, 3pm Eastern. If you have already signed up to volunteer with Compassion & Choices, keep your eyes peeled for email invitations to RSVP to future Volunteer Brownbag calls!

Here is the most recent Brownbag Call:

  • May 2017, California & Oregon Director Matt Whitaker discusses the importance of public speaking in the end-of-life options movement and provides best practices and tips for giving presentations.

Download audio files of past Brownbag speakers here:

Quarterly Action Bulletins

Once you’ve reviewed the training materials and have a more comprehensive understanding of the end-of-life care and options issues we work on, get started today by reading through the most recent edition of our Quarterly Action BulletinThe Quarterly Action Bulletin is designed to let you know exactly what you can do to help the end-of-life options movement right now and give you the resources you need to to be effective. Every volunteer opportunity on the bulletin will push our movement forward and will prepare you for future advocacy.

Fall 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Summer 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Spring 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Winter 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Fall 2016 Quarterly Action Bulletin

Hosting a House Party

“Hosting a house party is a really invigorating, interesting, insightful and fulfilling experience. You get an opportunity to host an event where you can create a warm, inviting and safe environment for your guests to share their experiences with end-of-life issues. A house party gathering allows you to invite just the right amount of people. It can be small and intimate enough to encourage your guests to express their deepest feelings and concerns about the issues Compassion & Choices is so adept at handling. You also get a chance

to learn new aspects about the people and friends you thought you knew everything about. It’s a fascinating and rewarding way to educate people about what Compassion & Choices does, its goals, achievements and plans for the future.”

– Joan Hoberman, J.D., LL.M., Westwood, CA

Here are some helpful resources that you can use to plan your own House Party.

  • House Party Host Handbook
  • House Party Templates
  • House Party Donation : Simplify the donation process at your house party by leaving your computer or tablet opened to this page so that your guests can donate quickly and easily online!
  •  Palm Cards to brochures to thank you cards. It’s as simple as asking (2-3 weeks prior to your party) and you shall receive!