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


As you may already know, Maine Governor Janet Mills has declared a civil state of emergency due to the continued spread of the coronavirus.


As of March 13th, 2020, Down East Hospice Volunteers in Washington County, Maine suspended official hospice client visits in homes and all facilities in our community. Each volunteer hospice organization throughout the state of Maine has the same policy until further notice.


We will continue to follow developments and take caring steps to stay in touch with our community of hospice clients, caregivers, and our dedicated hospice volunteers.


Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, ME. is committed to following the appropriate protocol during this crisis. We will keep you up to date as to changes of status for the issues listed below, or any additions.  We appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult time.

* All official volunteer hospice visits have been temporarily suspended.

* All cancer support meetings are canceled until further notice.

* Bereavement follow-up will be done by phone - no in-person visits.

* The April volunteer hospice training has been postponed until further notice.

* The benefit dinner for DEHV at the Bluebird Restaurant has been postponed.


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 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

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


After much consideration and watching events unfold concerning Covid-19, the decision was made to cancel the 29th Cobscook Bay Races on June 6th and in it's place hold a new challenge for runners and supporters. 


Please click on the link below to see how you can still support DEHV.

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Cobscook Bay Races - Challenge 2020

Fun and Safe - Please join us where ever you live to benefit

     Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine

         (You don't even have to live in Maine to participate - Please share)

Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County will be having the 29th annual Cobscook Bay Races, which has morphed into a whole new format. The event will have participants complete a 10K / 5K run or walk course at their own convenience, on an honor system, from April 15th until June 1. Participants will send in their recorded times as per directions on our race web site. Down East Hospice Volunteers will send a commemorative t-shirt to the first 50 participants who respond. 

There will be no group race, no prizes and no post race get together. No meeting of a large group in one place will take place.

Each participant will run or walk in a 10K or 5K distance where it is safe and convenient for them to do so (close to home) due to the Covid-19 crisis. Folks can run or walk or meander in their own backyards. It is a great way to safely exercise outside of the house.

Please continue to support DEHV by participating in this event. It's safe and it's fun. Be part of making a difference.

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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


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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.