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 service or organizational support.

Hospice of Southern Maine offers many volunteer opportunities that include Direct Care, Complimentary Services, and Special Event/Episodic tasks.

  • If you are interested in Direct Service or Special Event/Episodic Assignments, contact Volunteer Services at 207-289-3689 to receive an application/information packet.
  • The next Online Volunteer Training will take place September 10, 11, 17, 18, and 24. Sessions will be held on Zoom. Please contact Volunteer Services at 207-289-3689 to apply and for more information.
  • We are currently in need of pet therapy dogs for our PawPrints program. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Volunteer Services at 207-289-3689.

Additional Information

For those who are interested in opportunities as a Direct Service 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 a Special Event/Episodic Volunteer.

For more information, please review the Hospice Volunteer document below.

Guest Chef Volunteers

Hospice of Southern Maine provides a comprehensive training program and ongoing support to volunteers working with our patients and their families.

Position Description:

Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. Plan menu items and orders supplies through HSM. Supervises and participate in cooking and baking and the preparation of foods. Chef chooses a Saturday or Sunday, the time frame shall be at the discretion of the chef* (10 AM-12 PM preferred) a volunteer must be available to prep the kitchen (make sure equipment is out and ready; all required food is present)


  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completes HSM training program and on job training.(optional)
  • Screening Criteria: 
  • Application & 2 personal references
  • Successful completion of criminal background check.
  • Current driver’s license, proof of insurance and own transportation.
  • Have no significant personal loss within previous year.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The guest chef will produce one** entree serving 6-8 people (serving sizes here are necessarily small)

Instructions for creating the list should include the information that items in our kitchen are standard grocery items available from Hannaford. We do obtain some things from Sysco, but we need a week in advance to order these. All ingredients used must be form the Gosnell kitchen 

Volunteer will return the kitchen to original condition after the chef produces the entrée.

Complete volunteer log of hours and activities

Commitment and Requirements:

  • Favorable Background Check
  • Substance abuse testing with a negative result
  • Mandatory TB Screening and immunization documentation
  • A minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year
  • Volunteers must complete all annual requirements.

If you are interested in becoming a Direct Service Volunteer, please contact our volunteer department.

Phone: (207)289-3689


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