About Us

Our mission
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County provides free, confidential, non-medical support and assistance to those at the end of life, their families, and the bereaved, and offers education on these end-of-life decisions and bereavement within the community.
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Three decades ago, I moved to this beautiful part of Maine from the UK and made Monroe my home.

For the past 20 years at HVOWC, I have had the deep privilege of helping hundreds of people in their final days, and to witness the journey of bereavement of those left behind.

As a community organizer, I have been lucky to wear many hats, whether it is arranging for a patient’s bedside vigil, listening to a heart-wrenching story of loss, organizing support for nursing home staff in the pandemic, or arranging for a long-lost son to fly in and reconcile with a parent. This is all made possible by our deep bench of gracious volunteers who accept the challenge. We share the understanding that death afflicts us all, but it brings us closer in what really matters in life.

I am continually inspired by the strength of our community expressed by the hundreds of volunteers I have been fortunate to train with. Every day I see their generosity, kindness, and creativity as they go about their daily acts of compassion and caring in the service of the people of Waldo County. This is what keeps me going.

Jean Ashland

Jean Ashland

Board President

Jean Ashland is a hospital chaplain at Waldo County General Hospital and a resident of Belfast. She has been a board member of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County since 2016. Jean frequently assists with training our hospice volunteers and is our volunteer Spiritual Care Coordinator. In addition, Jean is a member of the Greater Bay Area Ministerium (GBAM) and currently serves on the Waldo County Recovery Committee as the GBAM representative.

Jane Beers

Jane Beers

Board Member

Jane moved to Belfast eight years ago and has been active with Hospice Volunteers since the first week she moved here. Professionally, she has been the Volunteer Coordinator for two different hospice organizations in Maine and Maryland. She has also served on several non-profit boards and before moving to Maine was the director of a free clinic in Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland.

Jane has been the President of the Board for six years and is active as a hospice patient volunteer as well as supporting the organization administratively. She is active in the community, is the host of the High Street Little Free Garden and works part time at the Belfast Free Library.

Carol Kuhn

Carol Kuhn

Board Treasurer

Carol has lived in Waldo County since 2000 and worked at Seaport Community Health Center (Searsport Family Practice, Seaport Family Practice). She recently retired as a Family Physician but stays active in the Health Center’s treatment of substance use/ opiate use disorder. She is active in the Restorative Justice Project of Maine, and Come Boating!

She has always been a grateful advocate of palliative and hospice care for her patients, and is now a hospice volunteer. She enjoys all activities nautical; she is most comfortable in the water.

Polly Shyka

Polly Shyka

Board Member

Polly Shyka has been a volunteer with HVOWC since 2017 and a board member since 2021. She is a farm business owner (Villageside Farm of Freedom) and works on a federal grant addressing farmer mental health. She will be ordained in spring 2023 by the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine as an Interfaith Chaplain and is looking forward to a second career in spiritual care in institutions and the Midcoast Maine community.

Sandy Mattson

Sandy Mattson

Board Secretary

Sandy has lived and worked as a Registered Nurse in the Waldo County area since 1989. Prior to that, she was a nurse in the Air Force for 10 years. She recently retired from Waldo County General Hospital after working as a Nurse Supervisor for 27 years. She has always had a passion for hospice nursing and is  a strong advocate for hospice care for patients and their families in Waldo County.

She enjoys reading and spending time out in nature: particularly hiking and kayaking. She is an active hospice volunteer and patient advocate offering her perspective and experience with those she has served in her role as a nurse.

Grant Funders

Our work is made possible by the generous support of the following:

Partner Organizations

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County believes strongly in the power of community and relationships. We are honored to partner in service with the following organizations:

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Partner Organizations (A - L)

Aging Well In Waldo County  

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

Belfast Area Friends Meeting  

Belfast Area Rotary Club  

Belfast Bay Fiddlers  

Belfast Coop  

Belfast Flying Shoes  

Belfast Free Library  

Belfast Lions Club  

Belfast Police Department  

Belfast Public Health Nurse  

Belfast United Methodist Church  

Carver Memorial Library  

City of Belfast  

Department of Veterans Affairs  

First Church in Belfast  

First Congregational Church of Searsport  

Friendship Sampler Quilters  

Greater Belfast Area Ministerium  

Hammond Lumber Company  

Harbor Hill Center  


High Street Graphics  

Liberty Library  

Little River Redemption

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Partner Organizations (M - Z)

Maine Hospice Council  

Paddling the Rapids, Deb Burwell  

Palermo Community Center  

Penobscot Shores Retirement Community  


Riposta Funeral Home  

RSU 71  

RSU 3  

RSU 20  

Sandy Point Congregational Church  

Senior College at Belfast  

St. Francis of Assisi Church  

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church  

Stockton Springs Community Library  

Tall Pines Health Care Community  

Towns of Waldo County  

UCC Lincolnville  

United Methodist Church, Belfast  

Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast  

University of Maine at Orono  

Unity Barn Raisers  

Unity Area Rotary Club  

Villageside Farm  

Support our work

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County is an independent non-profit organization funded by the generous donations of our community.

Volunteer companions in times of illness, dying and grief.

Talk with us

In Waldo County, no one need die or grieve alone. Please reach out to us so we can support you. We will try to get back to you within 24-48 hours.

207-505-4434    |    Email

HVOWC, PO Box 772, Belfast, Maine 04915