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.
Office Manager Position
Down East Hospice Volunteers is seeking an individual to join the organization as a part-time Office Manager who posses excellent professional, communication and organizational skills. Someone who considers themselves a people person would fit right in.
15 hours per week with office located within
Calais Regional Hospital
Further Requirements desired:
Bookkeeping skills including knowledge of Quick Books
Provides support to the director of volunteers, bereavement coordinator, and the hospice board of directors
Participates in fundraising functions
Hours may vary depending on organization's activities
Salary is negotiable based on experience
Please send your resume/cover letter to:
Down East Hospice Volunteers
24 Hospital Lane
Calais, Maine 04619
You may also email your resume/cover letter to
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
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 June
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.
We are considering a Fall volunteer training and will provide updates. Please check back with us.
A Spring fund raising mailing was sent out recently for three exceptional raffle items. Please visit our Blog to see what you could win.
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
Cobscook Bay Races - Challenge 2020
Thank you to all who participated in this year's race challenge. It was a unique and creative way to continue the Cobscook Bay Race Challenge tradition to support Down East Hospice Volunteers.
Our community, their families and friends, really made a difference during this unprecedented time and DEHV is very appreciative to each and every one of you.