Become a Hospice of Southern Maine Volunteer! Hospice of Southern Maine provides a comprehensive training program and ongoing support to volunteers working with our patients and their families. The initial training ensures that volunteers have the skills and confidence to be well prepared for this role. No health care background is needed. Volunteers complete the professional circle of hospice care. In addition to being good listeners, our volunteers are compassionate, reliable, and non-judgmental. They enjoy working with all types of people. Direct Care Volunteers provide non-medical aid and support in the following ways: Providing companionship and emotional support for patients, caregivers and families. Providing respite care to allow caregivers time to themselves. Assisting with errands. Helping with light household chores or light meal prep. Providing bedside companionship for patients alone in their final hours. Offering grief support following the death of a loved one.