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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,

As we approach the coming holidays, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine hopes that you will remember others. The New Year is not far off and when you reach out with kind words and caring actions to those who may need your help in your communities, you have given a gift that has no price tag.

Our dedicated hospice volunteers will continue providing compassionate care throughout the holidays, spending time with hospice clients and their caregivers.

Consider becoming a hospice volunteer with Down East Hospice Volunteers in Washington County, Maine, or where you live. Local volunteer hospices need people like you and you will make a difference.

We want to thank our local community and those afar, for the continued support you have given to us during what are complicated times. I want to thank all the hospice volunteers in our organization and around the world who give their time and ask for nothing in return. You are the heart of every volunteer hospice organization.

Barbara Barnett / Executive Director of Volunteer Services
Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County, Maine
Celebrating 42 years of compassionate care.


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.


2023 Sprint Volunteer Hospice Training Will Begin
the first week in May.

Please consider joining our community members in becoming a

hospice volunteer where neighbors help neighbors.

Training will be held at Down East Community Hospital at the

MacBride Building.

Dates: May 2,3,4,10,11,12

10:00 am to 3:00 pm - days may end earlier. (Must attend all days)

Covid CDC Covid guidelines will be followed. Volunteers must have proof of

having received the Covid vaccine.

No particular background is necessary. You must have your own vehicle.

A pre-training interview is required. Take the time to apply soon. It's interesting and informative, and you will also have fun and meet current volunteers.

Don't wait until the last minute ~ download our application now, by clicking on the link: 

We welcome any questions. 454-7521 ext. 126 / email:

Every act of kindness, no matter how small,

does make a difference.

You can make a difference. Join our team.

Women and Men are needed.

Neighbors helping neighbors in

Washington County

2022 Hospice Volunteer Training

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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

                                2022 Summer Graduates


From left to right, Ruby Sosa of Pembroke,  Barbara Barnett, Executive Director, Jim Sosa of Pembroke, Wendy Oram-Smith of Jonesport, Jan Steffens of Jonesport, and Sarah-Dalton Phillips of Campobello Island.

 Down East Hospice Volunteers is proud to have graduated six new volunteers

who completed a 25-hour training. 

Congratulations to the graduates of the hospice volunteer training. 

Each participant brought their unique approach to caring for those at end of life.

DEHV is proud to welcome these compassionate, caring members of the community on board

as fully trained hospice volunteers. 

The venue was graciously provided to us on the campus of Down East Community Hospital.

DEHV holds two training sessions a year and we are available for questions at any time should you be interested in finding out more about becoming a hospice volunteer. 

Please feel free to reach out to Barbara Barnett, Executive Director at 207-454-7521 x126

We can also be reached through the contact page via this site or by email:

An application may be downloaded by clicking the link below:

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                            What's New for May


Cancer support meetings are set up on a confidential Zoom meeting site.  See below for more information.

Bereavement follow-up is in person once again.

Down East Hospice Volunteers, staff, and supporters were treated to a luncheon at Audrey Patterson's home in Perry on September 10th. Volunteers arrived from Jonesport, Addison, Crawford, Whiting, Pembroke, Calais, Perry, Milbridge, Dennysville, Grand Lake Stream, and Campobello Island.

All who attended had a lovely day on Blueberry Point, spending time catching up and meeting new volunteers.

We thank Audrey for opening her home to all of us and providing a relaxing day in a beautiful setting along with delicious food. 

We hope others will join our team and take the upcoming Hospice Volunteer training beginning on October 19th at 

Calais Community Hospital.

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32nd AnnualCobscook Bay Race on Sunday, June 4.

Please check out the race website at: for more information.

Learn how you can participate in this fun race and support Down East Hospice Volunteers.

From a recent volunteer commenting upon completion of her training: 

 " Every class was well prepared and thought-provoking. I feel I gained invaluable knowledge about life as well as some skills I can use to be of use to others. Every adult would benefit from your class."

                                                           ~ Dawn Loper

                                                              New Hospice Volunteer

     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please reach out to us. There is a lot of information about the organization and hospice volunteering on this site.


We are always available to answer your questions. 


 Contact: Barbara Barnett, Executive Director 207-726-5087  E-mail:

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Maine Advanced Directive Form

Please click this link to download a copy of Maine's Advance Directive form. 



Down East Hospice Volunteers was honored to be recognized

on behalf of the Maine State Legislature

for their volunteer hospice services in Washington County.

This certificate was presented to

Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of

Volunteer Services and Paul Strickland,

a board member and hospice volunteer.  

The presenters were Representative Anne Perry and

Senator Marriane Moore, both of whom have been

active supporters of DEHV.

Honey Beer for Hospice is a Successful Fund Raiser

The Lubec Brewing Company in Lubec has created 'Honey Beer for Hospice' for the last three years to benefit Down East Hospice Volunteers, the only volunteer hospice program in Washington County. The honey is provided by Mark and Arlene Wren of Robbinston from their hard-working busy bees. The brew is created by Gale White and McGinley Jones, owners of the brewery.


DEHV has provided free compassionate volunteer hospice care since 1981 with support from donations, grants, and fundraisers such as "Honey Beer for Hospice.' The 2022 batch was a delicious, beautiful golden beer. The brew was enjoyed by many from this year's introduction on June 5th, 2022 continuing through the summer and into early Fall. 

From left to right: Mark Wren, Arlene Wren - hospice volunteer, Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of DEHV and Gale White, owner of Lubec Brewing Company. Mark and Gale are holding jars of honey for the upcoming 2023 batch of brew. 

Volunteer Hospice Care

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

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Down East Hospice Volunteers

of Washington County 

is pleased to announce their

42nd anniversary

of providing compassionate care to the county

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If you would like to taste the delicious Honey Beer for Hospice, Lubec Brewing will be open Fridays from

11-5, Saturdays 11-8 pm, and Sundays from 11-5 pm

For Our Caregivers

We honor the importance of talking about the end of life and encouraging all to reduce the fear and stigma the words hospice and death offer.  The link below will bring you to our education page where many articles, recommended reading, videos, and podcasts are available to you without leaving this site.  Additionally, Down East Hospice has a library available to their clients in our Calais office.

                 Please allow a few brief moments for videos to upload after clicking on the link below.

Have You Heard of The Conversation Project?

The guide for families to begin to have the conversation about End of Life wishes.

In addition to some helpful and heartfelt blogs, 

they have some wonderful and informative videos on their website for you to start your

own conversation with your loved ones. An "Estate Planning for the heart."

The link below will take you directly to their page.

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