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. 

In late March of this year, Down East Hospice Volunteers began accepting new referrals for hospice care. Our dedicated volunteers have begun making home visits once again. We continue to follow strict covid CDC safety guidelines. As the year progresses, we will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and consider the safety of both our hospice clients and our volunteer paramount.

We want to thank our local community, and those afar, for the continued support you have given to us during these difficult times. 

Barbara Barnett / Executive Director of Volunteer Services


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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Spring Training Available for Future                 Hospice Volunteers

                                        June 3, 10, 11, 15, & 17

                                         10:00 am - 3:00 pm

       Location: Down East Community Hospital in Machias

                            No special background is needed. 

                                   Own vehicle is required.

            Both women and men are needed as volunteers.

        Space is limited.  A pre-training interview is required. 

                Contact: Barbara Barnett, Executive Director

        207-726-5087 / E-mail:

     30th Annual Cobscook Bay Road Race

                         June 5th, 2021

** Great News!  In-Person events are now on due to new guidance from Maine CDC safety guidelines.


There are 3 ways to participate and support

Down East Hospice Volunteers. Please click on the link below to learn how you can be part of this

annual event.

Pembroke, Maine / behind the Varney Building on Route 1

Saturday - June 5, 2021

Bib Pick-up - 8 am

Kids Fun Run - 8:30 am

5k & 10k - 9:00 am

Run, walk, or power walk! Join in and support this wonderful organization!

Registration & sponsorship opportunities are still available!


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.

              What's New for June

The in-person racing event is on for the 30th anniversary of the Cobscook Bay Races being held on June 5th! Please visit the Race page from the menu bar or on the provided link button.

2021 Annual Roque Island Tour is on! Please scroll down to learn more about how to become a lucky winner for this favorite event.

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.

Roque Island Tour Raffle is on for 2021!


Down East Hospice Volunteers is pleased to offer the annual tour raffle to Roque Island where the lucky winner and 5 guests will travel by boat to this beautiful and historic island. There will be a fun tour of the island farm and the beach with a picnic lunch included. This excursion is always a raffle favorite in the community.

Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 tickets for $10.00

The lucky winner will be announced at the end of August.

You may contact us for tickets by sending a message through our contact page, by calling 207-454-7521 ext 126, or emailing us at:



Down East Hospice Volunteers

of Washington County 

is pleased to announce their

40th anniversary

of providing compassionate care to the county


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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"Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It's simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of 'You're not alone.'"

Brené Brown

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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

2021 Hospice Volunteer Training


 JUNE 3, 10, 11, 15, & 17

   10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  Training will be held at Down East Community Hospital in Machias

    No special background is required. One must have their own vehicle.

     Both women and men are needed as volunteers.  Space is limited.

        A pre-training interview is required.  Get your application now. 

 Download the application by clicking the link below

or request for one to be mailed to you.  

          Contact Barbara Barnett, Executive Director 

      207-726-5087 / E-mail-

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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

                                2020 Fall Graduates


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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