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 friends of Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine

When Maine Governor Janet Mills declared a civil state emergency due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine suspended official hospice client visits in homes and all facilities in our community.

We continued to stay in close contact with our hospice clients and their families by phone, sending notes, Zooming, Skyping and visiting outside a window. It was and always will be important that our hospice clients and their families continue to feel cared for and less isolated during this difficult time.

In mid May we began to accept new referrals for in-person volunteer hospice care. Our compassionate hospice volunteers are able to choose when it is right for each of them to get back into the field. DEHV is following strict safety protocol for our hospice clients, their families and for the safety of our volunteers. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Barbara Barnett/Director of Volunteer Services

Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County

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.

               Down East Hospice Volunteers is offering Fall Volunteer Training

                        Attend our 5 day hospice volunteer training at Calais Regional Hospital

                                                         Covid-19 protocol will be followed

                                    Masks will be required and there will be outdoor breaks to remove your masks

                                              The training takes place in a comfortable and confidential setting.

                                        All training materials are free and time is set aside for breaks and lunch.


                                              October 15, 20, 23, 26, 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

                                                                 (must attend all days)


                  Get your application now by contacting the office or downloading it by clicking on 

                    Volunteer Training in the above menu bar and then on Volunteer Application

                      A pre-training interview is required and a background check will be done

                                                     once your training is completed.

                                            Get your application now! Limited Space! 


                             Call: Carrie Morrell, Office Mgr. - 454-7521 ext. 126 or Barbara Barnett / Director - 726-5087




Down East Hospice Volunteers is pleased to welcome our new Office Manager,

  Carrie Morrell.

Carrie will be in the office on Mondays and Thursdays

from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

and on 

Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.

We check our phone messages and emails regularly so please feel free to leave a message with your contact information and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

        What's New for September


Down East Hospice Volunteers has begun to accept new hospice referrals.

Cancer support meetings are set up on a confidential Zoom meeting site.

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

Amazon Smile has sent Down East Hospice 

Volunteers $22.93 as of August 2020. Please consider adding the DEHV as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile.

Honey Beer for Hospice, Lubec Brewing Co.

             Read our new blog article

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 share...dd


Maine Cancer Foundation

has awarded a grant of

$8,000 to the 

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

to support cancer patients

living in Washington or Hancock County,

impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 These grant funds will address immediate needs

of cancer patients during

this unprecedented time.

The Beth C. Wright Center will use $4,000 of

this grant to offer direct financial support

of up to $250

to cancer patients that can be used for food,

housing, healthcare or other costs.

Please make referrals directly to

Beth C. Wright Center

for individuals who might benefit from this grant.

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

P.O. Box 322

Ellsworth, ME 04605

(207) 664-0339

  Interested in becoming a



 Please contact us for more information.

You may download an application by clicking

on the link in the drop down menu under Volunteer

Training in the Menu Bar at the top of this page.

Raffles Tickets Still Available

      for Two Exquisite Items

                     Yo-Yo Quilt

This beautiful Yo-Yo Quilt was donated to Down East Hospice Volunteers and created by Carol Flores from Whitneyville, ME. This quilt has over 1000 hand made circles and measures 90 inches by 100 inches

The tickets for this raffle are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased by calling our DEHV office. See contact info below. 

Victorian Dollhouse

Gorgeous handcrafted Victorian dollhouse can be yours! It would make the perfect Christmas gift. Raffle tickets are still available and the drawing will be held in December. 

Tickets are only $2 each or three tickets for $5.

Please visit our blog to learn more about this exquisite house and to view additional images of the intricate interiors. It really is something quite special.

Our Recent Raffles & Upcoming Events

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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


Calais Regional Hospital

24 Hospital Lane

Calais, Maine 04619

Down East Community


11 Hospital Drive

Machias, Maine 04654

Contact Us

207-454-7521  ext.126

We are grateful for serving Washington County for 39 years. Thank you to all the volunteers and community supporters who help us keep this mission strong.