~ Volunteer Service Since 1980 ~
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County
14 McKenzie Avenue Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-2531 · fax 667-9406


Our Services

Community Outreach

Each year Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County provides those in the community the opportunity to further explore end-of-life care, death, dying and bereavement. Workshops and seminarsare ways for the community to come together and learn from each other.

 If you would like to arrange for an educational program in your community, please call Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County at 667-2531.

Examples of our community outreach programs

Being Mortal
Free Screening with discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary based on the best selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande.

Hospice Myths Debunked:  Hospice Offers More Than You Think
An informational session surrounding the common myths about hospice care.  

Planning to Live to 100? Volunteer for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County!
our volunteers report that working with those who are dying and those who are left behind is some of the most life-giving and rewarding work they have ever done. 

Outreach program descriptions

Check our Community Outreach calendar for scheduled events.  

Celebrating 40 years!

We are so grateful to be recognizing 40th years of service in 2020.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and community supporters who help us keep this mission strong!

Upcoming Groups & Workshops

Spring Volunteer Training

Patient Care and Bereavement Volunteer trainings will begin in April. Dates and times for this training will be
scheduled around prospective volunteers.

Hospice News

Friends and Neighbors

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Our very best wishes to you and yours during this uncharted time!  We remain committed to serving you and other members of our community who need support during their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life journeys, and those who are grieving. 

During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak, we want you to know our organization is healthy at 40 years strong, and we are doing what we need to do to continue serving those who need our care, including:

  • Volunteers and staff supporting patients and caregivers via phone and other electronic means; including 25 families during the initial transition to phone support.  It is heart-warming to hear a volunteer describe her continuing sessions reading books aloud via phone to her hospice patient.
  • One-on-one phone support for people who are grieving, including 53 individuals within the first two weeks of going “virtual”.  We know that grieving will continue to increase during this time of isolation and the many losses people are experiencing, and we are here to provide needed support.
  • Our well-trained and dedicated volunteers are receiving information, guidance and support through their respective program leaders, including training in the use of Zoom for online meetings and team education and support (51 volunteers trained within that same two-week period).
  • We are utilizing online tools such as Facebook and Zoom to connect with volunteers and community members to offer Adult Education and other workshops (45 participants in two workshops to date).
  • We are active with several networks of community service providers to ensure availability of supportive care and connection for members of our community throughout this time of challenge.


Until we are able to return to our normal in-person service, please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones!  

Best of the Best!

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