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Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Inc.
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 We want to also share with you this great opportunity:


Karen... Thinking out loud

Volunteerism here at HVSC is not just about being with people at the end of their life or with people that are dealing with a life limiting illness. We recently had a volunteer in our office making special angel ornaments for our annual ‘angel tree’. We also had a volunteer come in and help us decorate the tree. It took over a dozen volunteers to make our Annual Lights to Remember ceremony a sucess. These volunteers read poetry, passed out programs, sang and baked goodies for the event.  Next week we will have volunteers spending time in nursing homes passing out flowers and cards. We are currently looking for volunteers to join our auction committee. This is a group of dedicated volunteers that help us plan our annual auction and maybe help us attain donations for our auction. If you would like to join this committee or are interested in volunteering with us please give us a call. I look forward to spending time with our volunteers at our annual volunteer potluck Christmas party happening Tuesday (December 13) here at the office starting at 5:30pm. Do not forget to bring food to share and a gift to participate in the yankee gift swap. 



We would like to thank everyone that attended our annual Lights to Remember Ceremony.  We hope that everyone in attendance was able to enjoy the chance to remember loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors during this special ceremony. We hope you were able to travel back to happy times and memories. It is sometimes very difficult for people to go into the holiday season without their loved ones. If you know of anyone who is struggling with their grief please give them our contact information. We would be happy to meet with them and attempt to help them with their struggles. We are also offering a special grief support group  entitled, “Coping with the Holidays” on Monday December 12th at 6:00pm here at our office.


Director's View

What does it mean to be a mission-driven, not-for-profit hospice Volunteer Agency? How does being nonprofit translate to greater benefit for patients and our community? Perhaps the best way to answer these questions is by sharing our philosophy that mission always comes before money. Besides providing the best possible volunteer care for patients, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County also invests in our community.

When people share their concerns and wishes with their physicians and families, they become more proactive in directing their medical care at the end of life. The government agrees with encouraging these conversations. Thanks to a new rule that took effect in early January Medicare now provides payment to physician offices for advance care planning conversations.

This is good news when you consider that many people want to die at home instead of in a hospital. They want to die on their own terms with grace and dignity—in the company of people they love, surrounded by things they enjoy. These goals are more achievable when patients consider and share them with family and caregivers ahead of time.

Everyone deserves to live their final days in accordance with their wishes. Our mission guides us to invest resources in both care and community outreach. Our vision is that our entire community will embrace the value of end-of-life care and planning and rely on Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County to provide the best possible and most meaningful end-of life experience, for all.

Thank you to everyone who makes it possible for our agency to survive over the years and many years into the future.

Please find below a few pictures that were taken this past weekend at all of the events. We held the annual Lights to Remember in Skowhegan, then participated in the annual holiday stroll in Skowhegan and Madison. Also if you have not had a chance to check out our Remembrance Tree at the Hospice Office or at Redington Memorial Home, please take a few minutes to stop by. Thank you for all that helped at these events. We want to take a minute to thank some of our supporters that helped this year and continue to help every year with the Lights to Remember they include, but not limited to: Boyntons Greenhouses, Inc. for their beautiful donation, Beeline Cable TV for the work that they do in stringing the lights for us on the two trees next to the Fire house that stay lit during the holiday season in memory of your loved ones, Brookfield Hydo Plant for allowing us to use the trees in front of the dam and providing the outlits for the trees to be plugged into, Main Street Skowhegan, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, MaineGeneral Hospice and Homecare, The Skowhegan Federated Church, the Tourmaline Singers, and everyone who helped to make this annual event special. If you have any feedback on this event please let us know by emailing here, or calling us at 474.7775.



From the President

We are always looking for qualified, committed individuals to serve on our board or one of our several committees. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact the Executive Director here. We also want to remind everyone that the hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and outside of those times by appt or emergency only. Below you will find our current board members that help to shape the future of our agency:

Tim Curtis, Chairman
Dana Hamilton, Vice-Chairman
Thomas Desjardins, Treasurer
Kim DeMerchant, Secretary
Bill Primmerman
Eunice Thorpe 



In Closing

It is important to remember the mission of Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, which is: Is to care for those with a life limiting illness, provide support and solace to the grieving, and to educate the community.

Also it is important to remember that,  all our services are provided at no charge to all of the residents that we serve.

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