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. 

Down East Hospice Volunteers is hoping to begin taking new referrals for hospice home visits by the end of March, continuing to follow strict safety guidelines while providing compassionate care for our hospice clients and respite for their caregivers.

              To learn more on how Down East Hospice Volunteers continue to serve Washington County,

                                                        please click the Learn More link

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.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers would like to thank the local Hannaford store leadership for selecting DEHV for the non-profit Community Tote Program held in March. We appreciate all those who participated. 

     30th Annual Cobscook Bay Road Race

                         June 5th, 2021

                 Registration and sponsorship opportunities

                                      begins March 1st. 


The race has been designed so that no matter your endurance level or where you live, you have the opportunity to join this annual race/walk while supporting this DEHV annual fundraiser. It was enjoyed by all last year even if some registrants walked their neighborhood in another state. It was a true coming together to make it happen for racers, walkers, and DEHV supporters.

DEHV is also offering the opportunity for individual sponsorship in addition to or in lieu of registering for the race. There are 4 categories from which to choose; Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  


To learn more about sponsorship and/or register, please click the link below.

Living with ALS - Lessons Learned From Family & Friends

    Online Event  

May 3rd, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration is now open!

Maine Hospice Council Quarterly Education Meeting

Please join MHC for this free educational opportunity taking place via Zoom Meetings.

There will be a panel of family members and professionals sharing their first-hand 

knowledge of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and what a patient with this disease needs for care.

Special guest, Laurie McFarren, MS, MEdl, Care Services Coordinator of the Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association will join this meeting to share her expertise in helping Mainers living with ALS navigate their health journey.

If you would like to register for this important discussion, please contact Kathryn Randall at the Maine Hospice Council at 207-626-0651

              What's New for April

Down East Hospice Volunteers is accepting new hospice referrals. Due to Covid protocol, in-home visits are not possible, but please contact us for the support that we can provide a client and their family.

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.

Registration is open for the Annual Cobscook Bay Road Race being held on June 5th. 

Amazon Smile - A charity program on Amazon where you have the opportunity to register Down East Hospice Volunteers as your charity of choice. Every order will prompt an automatic donation by Amazon to DEHV. You can support DEHV every time you shop online. Please scroll down for more information and a convenient link to sign up or change your charity preference.

Executive Assistant 

24 Hours/Week

Are you seeking a position where your interpersonal skills can shine while also making a difference in your community? Do you enjoy working independently and as a team member? Are you a stickler for detail, love to multi-task, and are a good listener? Do you have office experience with light bookkeeping and Quick Book skills?

DEHV is searching for the right individual to provide support to the Executive Director and hospice board of directors. 

Your work venue follows all CDC protocols.


To apply please send your resume and cover letter to:


  Down East Hospice Volunteers

  24 Hospital Lane

  Calais, Maine 04619  

Resumes and inquiries may also be sent to:

To view a copy of the job description, click the button below:

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

2021 Raffle

Another beautiful quilt is being offered for DEHV's annual raffle.

This exquisitely handcrafted quilt was made by the

St. Croix International quilters guild in 2002. It is hand pieced, machine pieced, and machine quilted. It was a Pembroke's Historical Society 2002 raffle. It is in pristine condition.

What makes this quilt extra special are the labeled & signed pieces of the quilt artists. Many of whom, were well-known local artisans.

DEHV thanks an anonymous donor for this year's raffle.

You can own this special quilt by purchasing tickets:

$1 for one raffle ticket and $5 for six tickets. Please call the office or send an email via this site's Contact page to buy a ticket(s).

The raffle will be available throughout 2021. 

For Our Caregivers

2020 Hospice Volunteer Graduates

On November 6th, four community members completed a 25-hour hospice volunteer training. DEHV is state-licensed making the training classes mandatory to become a hospice volunteer. During this difficult time of the pandemic, we are unable to plan very far ahead. We hope to be able to offer another hospice volunteer training in the Spring.

For more information about our services and how to become a hospice volunteer, please peruse this site and feel free to call us anytime at 454-7521 ext. 126 with inquiries. You can download

an application directly from the menu bar under Volunteer Training.

"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

From left to right, Carolyn Mahar from Dennysville, Fran Mulcahy from Charlotte, Karen Kiefer from Baileysville, Jane Danforth from Machias, and Barbara Barnett, Director of Volunteer Services. Carrie Morrell and Dolly Newcomb completed their training at a later date.

More Ways to Help DEHV

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop AmazonSmile, you'll find the same convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. 

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. 

Happy Shopping!

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Contact Us

Calais Regional Hospital

24 Hospital Lane

Calais, Maine 04619

Down East Community


11 Hospital Drive

Machias, Maine 04654

207-454-7521  ext.126

We are grateful for serving Washington County for 40 years. Thank you to all the volunteers and community supporters who help us keep this mission strong.