Join our family of Volunteers!

As a volunteer, you will be part of a team fulfilling an important mission: to provide compassion, care and comfort for those coping with a life-limiting illness, and support to their families and loved ones. 

Our volunteers experience profound emotional and spiritual rewards that come from deeply meaningful work, whether they contribute direct care or organizational support.

Hospice of Southern Maine offers many volunteer opportunities that include Direct Care, Administrative/Special Event tasks, and Complimentary Services including our PawPrints, reiki, and HeartStrings programs.

We encourage individuals with the desire to care for others, pet therapy dogs, reiki certification, and/or musical talents to apply.

For more information, please review our Volunteer Overview.

Volunteer Training Courses

Individuals interested in becoming a Direct Care Volunteer must participate in one of our 30-hour HSM training courses.

Our training courses are held on Zoom and consist of two full 8-hour Thursdays, one 5.5-hour Thursday, one 4.5-hour Friday, and one 3-hour Friday session. They are held annually in April, June, and September.

Our next online volunteer training will take place September 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, and 21st. It is possible that the final session on the 21st many be in person at our main office.

Please complete the application process described below to register.

Application Process

Anyone interested in becoming a Direct Care or Administrative/Special Event Volunteer must submit an application and reference form. Upon approval of their application, Direct Care applicants must also complete one of our 30-hour training courses.

Please download and complete the following forms to begin the application process. Completed forms may be submitted to our Volunteer Team by email at or by mail to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Commitment and Requirements

In addition to a completed application packet, there are a number of requirements that an individual must meet in order to become a HSM volunteer. Please consult the Direct Care and Administrative/Special Event pages for the specific commitments and requirements of each volunteer type.

Additional Information

For those who are interested in opportunities as a Direct Care Volunteer, it is recommended you wait one year to volunteer if you have had a significant loss or death in your life. In the year you are waiting you may choose to volunteer as an Administrative/Special Event Volunteer.

Contact our Volunteer Department
Phone: 207-303-5037

From Our Volunteers

“It was probably one of the most honest and non-judgmental relationships without expectations that I have ever been privileged to have. And it’s made me a much better person.” —Lora Larrivee

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