Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area (HVWA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 and serving 26 communities in Central Maine.  These towns include: Albion, Belgrade, Benton, Burnham, China, Clinton, Fairfield, Fairfield Center, Freedom, Hinckley, Mercer, Mt. Vernon, Oakland, Palermo, Rome, Shawmut, Sidney, Smithfield, South China, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, Vassalboro, Vienna, Waterville and Winslow. 



We provide non-medical support to individuals and their families during the last phases of life, and support to loved ones throughout the grieving process. We also educate the community regarding issues related to death and grieving.



As a 503c nonprofit, we rely on the generous support of our volunteers and donors. There are many ways to get involved in supporting our mission.

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About Us

Our Staff

Sarah Swift-Simons

Executive Director


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Jillian Roy, B.S.

Bereavement Coordinator


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Sandra Marcoux




Kathy Whitney, A.S.

Volunteer Coordinator


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Alice Schlosser

Program Assistant


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Executive Committee

  • Sabra Hayden, President

  • Karl Foss, Treasurer

  • Bertha Morin, Recording Secretary

Board Members

  • Diane Wright

  • Charles McGillicuddy

  • Bertha Morin, R.N. 

  • Rhaeto Pfister

  • Leon Duff

  • Holly Caron

Our Services

Our hospice volunteer services are available at no cost to anyone in Waterville and the surrounding area who has experienced death of a loved one through anticipated or sudden unexpected death. These programs offer services that can be used according to the needs, lifestyle and wishes of each individual.

Bereavement Services

  • One-on-One Volunteer Support

  • Camp Ray of Hope a statewide program for grieving families and individuals

  • Hope’s Place for children & teens

  • Community Education

  • Bereavement Correspondence

  • Lending Library

Support Groups

  • General Grief Group

  • Widow & Widowers Group

  • Parental Loss Group

  • Grieving Parent Group

  • Survivors of Suicide Group

  • Teen Group          

  • Widow’s Group

  • Children & Teens

  • Caregiver’s Group

  • Infant, Stillborn & Pregnancy Loss

  • Sibling Loss Group

  • Accidental Overdose Loss Group

  • Walking Grief Group (Local nature trails)

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Direct Care

  • Companionship visits to client and family.

  • Respite visits while family members and other caregivers take a break.

  • Comfort and support to the children of the dying.

  • The “Tender Care” team sits vigil with the dying.

  • Compassionate listening.

  • Transportation and errand running.

  • Follow-up bereavement support for family and friends.

Complimentary Care Volunteer Network

These services can be provided to Hospice patients and their caregivers in their homes or at the Hospice Community Center. Sessions are also available to bereavement clients at the Hospice Community Center.


  • Massage

  • Reflexology

  • Polarity

  • Reiki

  • Integrated Energy Therapy

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Get Involved


Hospice Volunteers are screened, trained and certified by professionals in accordance to the licensure standards of the State of Maine. Following a 20-hour training program, volunteers receive ongoing supervision and continuing education.

Training for Hospice Volunteers is held twice a year, usually spring and fall. Call our office at (207) 873-3615 for more information or download an application here.

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By check or credit card

Planned Giving

Whether supported through an immediate gift or planned giving, Hospice programs are made possible through the generosity and commitment of people like you. A planned gift to our endowment fund helps to ensure the future of the services and programs we provide in your community and may further your financial goals. A member from our Investment Committee would be happy to talk with you about bequests, making a gift of appreciated assets, or plans that produce retirement income.Contact us for more information


HVWA Wish List

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