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Down East Hospice Volunteers is the only Washington County all-volunteer non-profit program licensed by the State of Maine, providing free comfort care to residents since 1981

Dear Down East Hospice Volunteers and Friends,

As we approach the coming holidays, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine hopes that you will remember others. The New Year is not far off and when you reach out with kind words and caring actions to those who may need your help in your communities, you have given a gift that has no price tag.

Our dedicated hospice volunteers will continue providing compassionate care throughout the holidays, spending time with hospice clients and their caregivers.

Consider becoming a hospice volunteer with Down East Hospice Volunteers in Washington County, Maine, or where you live. Local volunteer hospices need people like you and you will make a difference.

We want to thank our local community and those afar, for the continued support you have given to us during what are complicated times. I want to thank all the hospice volunteers in our organization and around the world who give their time and ask for nothing in return. You are the heart of every volunteer hospice organization.

Barbara Barnett / Executive Director of Volunteer Services
Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine
Celebrating 42 years of compassionate care.


What Does It Take To Be A Hospice Volunteer?

Are you a good listener? If so, you are 90% on your way to be a Down East Hospice Volunteer of Washington County.

If you have thought about becoming a hospice volunteer, now is the time. You will never be asked to do anything with which you are uncomfortable. Your schedule can be very flexible, working out the days and times that work for you when you are providing compassionate companionship for your hospice client.

Every act of kindness, no matter how small, does make a difference. You can make a difference. Join our team. There is no special background needed to volunteer; a medical background is not necessary. Our hospice volunteers are men and women of all ages from all walks of life.

Call us today to become a hospice volunteer, it is a rewarding experience.


2024 Hospice Volunteer Training

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"There are 4 kinds of people in the world.

Those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers."

                              ~ Former First Lady

                                  Rosalynn Carter

                                2024 Summer Graduates


From left to right back row: Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of DEHV and facilitator, Angela Dowling of Machias, new volunteer, Linda Gralenski of Pembroke, volunteer and Board member, Arlene Wren, volunteer and Reiki Master from Robbinston, Amy Whitehorne of Steuben, new volunteer, Dave Simmons of Calais, new volunteer and Board member. 

Seated left to right: Anna Schkeryantz of Lubec, new volunteer, Carol Flores of Whitneyvlle, volunteer and Board member.

 Down East Hospice Volunteers is proud to have graduated four new volunteers

who completed a 25-hour training. 

Congratulations to the graduates of the hospice volunteer training. 

Each participant brought a unique approach to caring for those at end of life.

DEHV is proud to welcome these compassionate, caring members of the community on board

as fully trained hospice volunteers. 

The venue was graciously provided to us on the campus of Down East Community Hospital.

DEHV holds two training sessions a year and we are available for questions at any time should you be interested in finding out more about becoming a hospice volunteer. 

Please feel free to reach out to Barbara Barnett, Executive Director at 207-454-7521 x126

We can also be reached through the contact page via this site or by email:

An application may be downloaded by clicking the red icon:

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Down East Hospice Volunteers wins the Community Matters $4,000 grant award sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.



Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County proudly accepts the grant award from Bangor Savings Bank. We want to thank everyone who voted for DEHV.

From left to right

Front row: Judy Dakin, hospice board member and volunteer, Carol Flores, hospice board member and volunteer.

Middle row: Linda Gralenski, hospice board member and volunteer, Maegan Alley, Assistant Branch Manager.

Back row: Molly Sprague, VP Branch Manager, Barbara Barnett, Executive Directo of DEHV, Hospice Volunteers, Deke Talbot, Diane Clark, and Linda Mills, Dynesha Hooper, teller, Magenta Johnson, teller,

Photo: Sydney Verge, teller

Caring Bridge shares 14 Life-Changing Tips to Relieve Caregiver Stress. 

Please click on the PDF link to read the


 A Volunteer's Comment...

From a recent volunteer commenting upon completion of her training: 

 " Every class was well prepared and thought-provoking. I feel I gained invaluable knowledge about life as well as some skills I can use to be of use to others. Every adult would benefit from your class."

                                                           ~ Dawn Loper

                                                              New Hospice Volunteer

     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please reach out to us. There is a lot of information about the organization and hospice volunteering on this site.


We are always available to answer your questions. 


 Contact: Barbara Barnett, Executive Director 207-726-5087  E-mail:

Safe Harbor Cancer Support Meetings are set up on a confidential Zoom meeting site.

Call 207-664-0335

In-Person Bereavement Follow-Up:

Please reach out to our office: 454-7521X9126

or by email: for more information.

Beth C. Wright offers travel assistance
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Online Zoom Cancer Support Group

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2023 Raffle Quilt Winner!


Mary Ann O'Brien of Calais won the Ohio Star quilt raffle for 2023. 

The quilt was created and donated by Brenda Lang of Skowhegan. Ginny Sirois of Norridgewock did the finished quilting. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful fundraising event.

Volunteer Hospice Care

To our community members: 
All of our services are provided at no charge to the residents we serve.


Down East Hospice Volunteers was honored to be recognized

on behalf of the Maine State Legislature

for their volunteer hospice services in Washington County.

This certificate was presented to

Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of

Volunteer Services and Paul Strickland,

a board member and hospice volunteer.  

The presenters were Representative Anne Perry and

Senator Marriane Moore, both of whom have been

active supporters of DEHV.

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On November 17th, Down East Hospice Volunteers benefited from the Lubec Brewing Company hosting an evening of music provided by LAMPS ` Lubec Area Musician Philanthropic Society. On the same evening, Gale White, owner of the Lubec Brewing Company presented Down East Hospice Volunteers with a check for $1200. This donation is from the sale of Honey Beer for Hospice which had a successful third-year run on tap at the brewery this past summer. Honey from the hives of Mark and Arlene Wren of Robbinston was delivered on the same evening for the upcoming fourth run of this delicious beer. 

Left to right: 

Kurt Anderson (LAMPS), Paul Strickland, hospice volunteer and Board President of DEHV, Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of DEHV, Travis Cyr, musician extraordinaire, Arlent Wren and Mark Wren, Gale Winter, owner of the Lubec Brewing Company


If you would like to taste the delicious Honey Beer for Hospice, Lubec Brewing will be open on Fridays from 11-5, Saturdays 11-8 pm, and Sundays from 11-5 pm

    Maine Advance Health Care Directive Form


Obtain a copy of the Maine Advance Health Care Directive. Click the link and you will be directed to a PDF to download.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers

of Washington County 

is pleased to announce their

43rd anniversary

of providing compassionate care to the county

For Our Caregivers

We honor the importance of talking about the end of life and encouraging all to reduce the fear and stigma the words hospice and death offer.  The link below will bring you to our education page where many articles, recommended reading, videos, and podcasts are available to you without leaving this site.  Additionally, Down East Hospice has a library available to their clients in our Calais office.

                 Please allow a few brief moments for videos to upload after clicking on the link below.

Have You Heard of The Conversation Project?

The guide for families to begin to have the conversation about End of Life wishes.

In addition to some helpful and heartfelt blogs, 

they have some wonderful and informative videos on their website for you to start your

own conversation with your loved ones. An "Estate Planning for the heart."

The link below will take you directly to their page.

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