Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County

~ Volunteer Service Since 1980 ~

14 McKenzie Avenue, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-2531  | [email protected]

Why I Volunteer…

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So Many Reasons to volunteer with Hospice Volunteers in Hancock County

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County has an unusual model – volunteers  provide the heart of the organization’s mission services, and volunteers support the operation behind the scenes:  Hospice Patient Care Volunteers, Bereavement Support Volunteers, Board Members, Office Volunteers, Special Events Volunteers.  All of these roles are crucial to providing the care needed for those we serve.  Meet some of our volunteers as they provide the answer to why they serve with us.
Scot Ford

Scot Ford

I volunteer with Hospice Volunteers to help people realize that they aren’t alone when they’re grieving; showing people that with time, kindness and caring, they can someday be in peace with their grief. ~ Scot Ford Bereavement Support Volunteer

Babs McNulty

Babs McNulty

I volunteer with Hospice Volunteers because it’s gratifying to be part of a force for good in our community, and to be allowed to accompany those who are grieving on their very personal journey. ~ Babs McNulty Bereavement Support Volunteer, HR Committee member...

Ann Bradford

Ann Bradford

Quite recently I was thinking about the years I have left in my life, and thought "How do I want to spend it". Do I want to spend it in "Doing"? No - my thoughts can be summed up in four letters - Love. Being a good listener, sharing love and kindness are the most...

Pat Hardison

Pat Hardison

Because I love the people and they were so wonderful in my time of need. ~ Pat Hardison Office Volunteer

Barbara Sinclair

Barbara Sinclair

Sharing part of a person’s last days, being a witness to their courage, wisdom and, sometimes, their struggles, is a gift in my life. I hear the wonderful stories that comprised their life and, hopefully, bring some comfort and companionship. ~ Barbara Sinclair...

Amy Kurman

Amy Kurman

As an Evensong singer, I know how deeply we can effect the families that we serve. This has been the most rewarding part of my life as a volunteer with HVHC. At the office, I see the “behind the scenes” operation and can admire the heart and soul of the staff and the...

Gina Grogean

Gina Grogean

I love sharing the feelings this special time of life elicit from both the patient and family. And it has helped me accept my own mortality without fear. ~ Gina Grogean Patient Care/Evensong volunteer

Charles Tarr

Charles Tarr

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, of course, serve clients of all ages, but their presence in Hancock, the oldest county in the United States, is especially important. It is a privilege to contribute to this vital effort, if only in a small way. ~ Charles Tarr...

Thelma Beal

Thelma Beal

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County provides an important part of the overall care and comfort of healthcare for folks of Hancock County, for free, and I am proud to be part of that team. ~ Thelma Beal Special Events/Office Volunteerr

Valerie Sulya

Valerie Sulya

Since I started with Hospice of Hancock County in it’s beginning, I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the people associated with the program. They were different, especially giving, warm, friendly. That is one of the reasons I’ve stayed so long with...

Randall Simons

Randall Simons

For me, the reward comes as a surprise. I feel like I was called to do something. Hospice was a calling for me in a certain way. Working with people and watching them grow and helping them feel supported in their bereavement is a tremendous reward for me. ~ Randall...

Muggs Britts

Muggs Britts

I did not know about hospice until two-and-a-half days before my husband died. I feel I was deprived of valuable support and do not want someone else to feel this way. I am making it my goal to help and promote  Hospice of Hancock County! ~ Muggs Britts Patient...

Diane Sanderson

Diane Sanderson

Being present with others as a hospice volunteer is as much a privilege at death as it is at birth. It is a sacred time. ~ Diane Sanderson Patient Care Volunteer, Care Manager, Evensong singer and Former Board member

Ken Schweikert

Ken Schweikert

 Our lives feel more fulfilled and worthwhile when we help others.  Mine certainly does when I volunteer for Hospice ~ Ken Schweikert Former Board member Patient Care Volunteer & Special events volunteer

Cookie Horner

Cookie Horner

It’s the connection of one human being to another that makes hospice work so special. Being present with someone at this time of their life is an honor and a privilege. ~ Cookie Horner Patient Care Volunteer, Care Manager and Evensong Singer

Bette Pierson

Bette Pierson

It was something my mother said to me as she faced the end of her life. She wanted to know how to die with dignity. Since then, my family has lost many loved ones. We have found ourselves emotionally and physically drained as caregivers and overwhelmed by grief as we...

Anne Ferrara

Anne Ferrara

Having accompanied my parents and parents-in-law on their journey of dying, I was awed by the meaning and mystery present during this phase of life. After these experiences, I felt called to the “work” of HOSPICE. ~ Anne Ferrara Patient Care Volunteer

Cliff Pilacinski

Cliff Pilacinski

The personal satisfaction of caring for our terminally ill patients who need and sincerely want our care and companionship. The time together is truly precious for both patient and caregiver. ~ Cliff Pilacinski Patient Care Volunteer, Care Manager

Laura Harmon

Laura Harmon

I meet people I wouldn't normally encounter. I listen to their story and am allowed to share a most special part of their life. ~ Laura Harmon Patient Care Volunteer