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,

We hope this message finds everyone well and staying safe. DEHV is doing its best to provide compassionate hospice volunteer care where needed in Washington County during the pandemic.

DEHV is working with a limited group of hospice volunteers who are providing hospice clients

with in-person visitsWe are following all Covid-19 safety protocols.

The clients we have in facilities are still having visits from outside their window! Even birthday parties have been celebrated from outside the client's room - through a window.

One of our volunteers created a garden outside her hospice client's window this Spring. Annuals have now been replaced with mums and the volunteer visits often to tend the garden and fill the bird feeders.

No hospice volunteer is obligated to take on a client unless they are completely comfortable

doing so and following all the safety protocols.

The need for home care continues to grow as gravely ill community members choose to stay home,

rather than moving into a facility.

You can stay in touch with Down East Hospice Volunteers by visiting this site,

our blog, and our Facebook page.


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

                                                         The 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.

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.

  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.


          What's New for October


Down East Hospice Volunteers is accepting 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 - 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.

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

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.

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!

Our Recent Raffles & Upcoming Events

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                     ~ Former First Lady

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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 39 years. Thank you to all the volunteers and community supporters who help us keep this mission strong.