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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Down East Hospice Volunteers

Fall Volunteer Training

October 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th and 22nd

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (must attend all days)

Calais Community Hospital


Covid-19 protocol will be followed. Masks are mandatory.

A pre-training interview will be required.

To obtain an application, please click the link below to print out a copy


call our office - Jeanne Guisinger, Executive Assistant

207-454-7521 ext 126

You may also call Barbara Barnett, Executive Director at 207-726-5087

     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 Directo 207-726-5087  E-mail:

The 30th Annual Cobscook Bay Road Race was held on June 5th and it was a roaring success!


DEHV wants to thank all the participants and sponsors who made this year's race a meaningful one. 

         What's New for September

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.

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.

Volunteer Hospice Care

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

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

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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

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

who completed a 25-hour training. 

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

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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"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

                                2021 Spring Graduates


From left to right, Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of Volunteer Services, Due Meloche from Whiting, Jeanne Guisinger from Perry, James Ausprey from Whiting, Joanne Ausprey from Whiting, and Arlene Wren, long time hospice volunteer and Reiki Master. 

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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