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

To apply:

Please send your resume/cover letter to:

Down East Hospice Volunteers

24 Hospital Lane

Calais, Maine 04619

or call

207-454-7521 X126

You may also email your resume/cover letter to

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

    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

(207) 664-0339

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. 

Our Recent Raffles & Upcoming Events

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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.