Your donations and efforts support our programs and services.


Your donations and efforts support our programs and services which are designed to improve access to quality hospice and palliative care services through research, education and public awareness. We are committed to managing resources wisely and are therefore very proud to report that our administrative overhead currently runs 4.8%.

There are a number of ways you can help hospice and support CHAPCA.

Make A Donation

Support the programs of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association through your tax deductible donations. Every donor - individual, corporate or foundation - and every donation, large or small, is vitally important to the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Become A Hospice Advocate

Advocates play a key role in educating our communities and our leaders about our belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones should receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Volunteer For Your Local Hospice

Volunteers are an integral part of hospice care. Volunteers offer practical, physical, emotional, spiritual and social support to clients/patients and their loved ones, and they provide much needed administrative help for the hospice program.


While the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association is ably represented in Sacramento by a professional lobbyist and staff, the voices heard from around the state make the difference in the success or failure of legislation.

Providers talk a great deal about compassionate end-of-life care; however, in today's polarized legislative environment, talking to each other is not enough. Providers must share our values and benefits by saying to members of Congress, members of the State legislatures, and members of our local city government, "Let me tell you about our program, and what we provide our community. Let me share with you how you can help provide for and protect our patients and their families. Let me share with you my experience."

There are many ways to become a hospice advocate:

  • If you are not already a member, join CHAPCA! There is strength in numbers and your voice, when joined with ours, makes us all a more powerful force in your state capitol.
  • Regularly check CHAPCA's Legislative webpage to stay up to date on legislative issues of concern to the hospice and palliative care community.
  • Get to know your elected officials. Invite them to your agency, take him/her out on a home visit and add them to your mailing list. Regular communication with key officials and their staff is important year-round. Legislators who know and understand the value of hospice in their community are powerful friends in the state capitol and in Congress.
  • Participate in organized legislative events such as NHPCO's Capitol Hill Day and Virtual Hill Day. Visiting your legislator in person is a powerful tool for communicating your concerns. Communicating with your legislator by phone is equally important.


The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association advocates with legislators on behalf of those facing life-threatening illness by promoting availability and access to quality end-of-life care.

CHAPCA represents the interests of hospice and palliative care providers in California and Nevada.

  • Find your California State Senator
  • Find your California State Assembly Member
  • Find your Nevada State Senator or Assembly Member
  • Find information on legislation in California. This link will allow you search for both Senate and Assembly bills through the use of keywords.

The CHAPCA Legislative Committee annually reviews legislation of interest to the hospice community and takes positions on legislation.

Check back frequently, as the bill's status changes as it moves through the Senate and Assembly.


Volunteers are an essential part of every hospice program.

Many have had an experience with hospice and want to give back, some have heard about hospice and support the hospice philosophy of care, and others simply want to help others. They share a strong belief in kindness and compassion and are all committed to comfort and quality for every individual at the end-of-life. It helps if you are able to listen, have a caring spirit and a good sense of humor.

You can make a difference

The responsibilities of hospice volunteers constantly change because the needs of every patient and every family are different. Volunteers provide companionship, play cards, read books, go on outings, prepare light meals, run errands, offer transportation to the store or an appointment, and provide respite so the primary caregiver has an opportunity to take a breath and reenergize. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with administrative duties, answering phones, mailing, and clerical support. Sometimes, volunteers with unique attributes are needed, fluency in another language, a veteran willing to work with other vets, a fund raiser willing to raise support for hospice, or someone who wants to talk about hospice at health fairs or speaking engagements. All different, and all are important in the lives of our patients and their families.

Volunteer training is required and will be provided based on the assignment of the individual volunteer. Background checks are required for all direct service volunteers.

Call your local hospice program and volunteer

You can make a difference. Use our Find A Hospice selector at left to locate a hospice in your county.