CaringMatters (founded as Hospice Caring in 1989) serves children, adults and families facing life-threatening illness and experiencing the death of a loved one. CaringMatters also increases community awareness and advocacy about end-of-life concerns, advance care planning and grief. CaringMatters serves the culturally and economically diverse residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Our small staff and a large volunteer community provide adult and child bereavement and caregiving direct services. All volunteers are screened and have completed at least three full days of specialized training; ongoing training and support are given. Programs are regularly evaluated for their impact on people CaringMatters serves.
All services are delivered free-of-charge; none are covered by Medicare or other public or private insurances. A mix of individual and business donors, foundations and government supports CaringMatters. Volunteers also donate administrative and fund-raising support time.
CaringMatters has earned the Maryland Nonprofits Seal of Excellence and has been named as one of the best small nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.
Our mission is to provide social supports and community education so that no one dies or grieves alone. CaringMatters envisions a community that accepts death as a part of life; where the processes of dying and grieving are embraced without stigma; where everyone has access to support services without charge; and where no one dies or grieves without support.
• Presence, caring, and compassion
• Quality services that honor personal choices
• Culturally competent support, accessible to all
• Programs that make a positive difference
• Our volunteers and partners whose support is crucial
• Being an integral part of our community
• Responsible management of resources