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,

In February of 2021, twenty of our dedicated hospice volunteers were vaccinated under the 1A section of the CDC guidelines. Both hospitals in Washington County, Down East Community Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital, provided the clinics where our volunteers received their 2 doses of the covid vaccine. 

In late March of this year, Down East Hospice Volunteers began accepting new referrals for hospice care. Our dedicated volunteers have begun making home visits once again. We continue to follow strict covid CDC safety guidelines. As the year progresses, we will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and consider the safety of both our hospice clients and our volunteer paramount.

We want to thank our local community, and those afar, for the continued support you have given to us during these difficult times. 

Barbara Barnett / Executive Director of Volunteer Services


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.



JUNE 16, 17, 23, 24, 28, AND 29TH - Six Days of training

10 a.m - 3 p.m (attendance on all scheduled days is mandatory)

Training is being held at Down East Community Hospital in Machias

Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed. Volunteers must be vaccinated.

No special background is necessary. You must have your own vehicle.

Pre-training interview is required. 

To download the volunteer application, click this link: 

For questions about the training, we welcome your call. 454-7521 ext. 126 / email:

Every act of kindness, no matter how small,

does make a difference.

You can make a difference. Join our team.

Women and Men are needed.

Neighbors helping neighbors in

Washington County

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                      What's New for June

Two new RAFFLES are being offered! Please scroll down to learn about these exciting opportunities to win. 

DEHV Calendars are back! See the beautiful images in our 2022 calendars - the perfect holiday gift!  See below.

Cancer support meetings are set up on a confidential Zoom meeting site. Please call our office for dates and times.   

207-454-7521 ext. 126

Bereavement follow-up will continue to be by mail and phone - there are no in-person visits at this time.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers recently completed their bi-annual volunteer training, held at the Calais Regional Hospital. It was a wonderful group of women with one 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:

Maine Advanced Directive Form

Please click this link to download a copy of Maine's Advance Directive form. 

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         Lubec Brewing Company & The Wrens 

This is the 2nd year that owners Gale White and McGinley Jones have created "Honey Beer for Hospice" with the generous donation of the hops and honey from Mark and Arlene Wren of Robbinston.


Twelve kegs were brewed and each time a keg was tapped, $100 was put aside for DEHV. The Lubec Brewing Company is planning to brew a third batch of this delicious beer with hops and honey donated by the Wrens to benefit DEHV in 2022. 


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.


Volunteer Hospice Care

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



Down East Hospice Volunteers

of Washington County 

is pleased to announce their

40th anniversary

of providing compassionate care to the county



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2022 Calendars - A Perfect Gift or Frame The Beautiful Photos


Down East Hospice Volunteer's

2022 Annual Calendar

is now available!

This year's theme is the Wildlife of Down East Maine

photographed by Woody Gillies, president of Fundy Audubon, a local chapter of Maine Audubon. He 

graciously provided the images for this year's 

fundraising calendar.

This year's calendar has been sought after to the 

extent a second printing run was required!

You can find some copies at local shops or call 

DEHV executive assistant, Jeanne, at our Calais

office; 207-454-7521 ext. 126

A calendar is $10 with a shipping fee of $3.00

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.

2021 Hospice Volunteer Training

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

who completed a 25-hour training. 

The venue was graciously provided to us on the campus of Calais Regional Hospital in Calais.

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 link below:


"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

                                2021 Fall Graduates


From left to right, Dawn Loper of Perry,  Arlene Wren, long-time active volunteer, Fran McLean of Eastport, Linda Gralenski, long-time volunteer and board member, and Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of Volunteer Services and active volunteer, Nancy Kirkbride of Pembroke. 

More Ways to Help DEHV


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By clicking the link on your left, you will be directed to AmazonSmile where you can choose Down East Hospice Volunteers as your preferred charity. If you are new to AmazonSmile, you can sign up on this same page. 

Our fundraising events and raffles are a major part of being able to continue servicing the county and AmazonSmile is another way where you can make a difference. 

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