Hospice Volunteer Training Starts January 18

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Hospice volunteers are essential to the work we do here at Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. Volunteers serve all of Hancock County including  Ellsworth, MDI, Blue Hill, and Bucksport. Volunteers commit to volunteering 2-4 hours per week for one year. Many of our volunteers have been with us for several years to over twenty years. Volunteers join us for many reasons including personal experience, a desire to help others, to meet new and wonderful people, and most of all to make a difference. There are several ways you can become involved.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to provide companionship and respite for our hospice and
palliative care patients and Reiki volunteers for our new Reiki program!  Please join us!

Training includes 12 hours in class and 8.5 hours online

Location: Blue Hill Public Library
January 18, 25, February 1, 6
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Hospice Volunteer

Hospice volunteers support those living with a life limiting illness under Hospice and Palliative Care services. They visit with patients in the home and or nursing home setting and provide companionship, respite for caregivers, vigil support in the final hours of life, and help with special needs like grocery shopping, medication pick-up, and transportation. Volunteers also assist with special requests such as writing letters, putting together scrapbooks, taking someone to go fishing or clamming.

Our Hospice Volunteer training is 21 hours and includes online and in-person. Volunteers will learn about the philosophy of hospice, family dynamics, the dying process, spirituality at the end of life, bereavement, communication and listening skills, funerals and more.

Bereavement Volunteer

Individual Support – Bereavement volunteers provide one-on-one support to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. They listen and support individuals through the grief journey as they help them to discover other resources available. They visit in the home setting, coffee shops, or other locations that are most comfortable for the individual. (12-hour training, plus a 4-hour orientation for new volunteers)

Grief Group Co-Facilitator – Grief groups meet for 2 hours, once per week for 8 weeks. There are two volunteer co-facilitators. Volunteer leaders provide a safe, accepting setting where participants thoughts and feelings are welcome. Volunteers provide education on the grief process and related topics. (Additional 12-hour training – following the individual bereavement training)

Evensong Hospice Choir

Our Evensong Hospice Choir has two groups, Evensong East (MDI area) and Evensong West (Blue Hill area). Those interested in joining one of these groups would start by meeting with one of our Hospice Choir Directors. Evensong sings at the bedside for those patients under Hospice care who are nearing the end of life. They also sing for special events for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. (4-hour training)

Office Volunteer

Office volunteers answer phones, help with the medical supply loaner basement, do data entry, mailings, and other office related tasks. Volunteers spend 2-4 hours in the office, 1 day per week. (4-hour training)

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands —
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
~ Audrey Hepburn

For information about volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected] or call 207-667-2531.