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 Volunteer Hospice would still appreciate application submissions by interested volunteers.  We will be in touch with you as soon as we know when the training will take place.

DEHV will be prudent and wait for the appropriate time to re-schedule the volunteer hospice training.

Down East Community Hospital in Machias

For more information and/or application

Call Lynne Oakes, office mgr. at 454-7521 ext.126

or Barbara Barnett / Director - 726-5087

Or email us at

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 for more information and to see how you can still support DEHV.heire to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

Down East Hospice 

Dinner Fundraiser

Postponed Until Further Notice

Please call our office for more information


Bluebird Ranch Restaurant

$25 per person for four course meal 

Sixty tickets available-please call 454-7521 ext.126

for availability.

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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


Calais Regional Hospital

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.