There are many ways you can donate to support our program, including financial contributions, and household items.
If we are in need of donated items they will be listed below — please only gently-used, clean, stain-free, bedbug-free items only! Donations can be brought to our office at 80 Sherman Street in Portland. The office is usually open Monday-Friday from 9am – 4pm. However, because of COVID, it sometimes isn’t staffed. Please call before coming to be sure someone will be there to receive you: (207) 871-7437. Extension 1 for English, and then Extension 0 for Reception.
Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services is the only resettlement agency in the State of Maine. We work to support refugees through the process of becoming responsible, self-reliant members of the Maine communities into which they are welcomed. This programming includes housing, employment, community and cultural transitioning support, health care and education supports through a team of case managers and administrative staff. In 2015 refugees fled from conflicts in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Congo, Eritrea and many other areas of the world to be resettled in Maine. Resettlement cannot replace what refugees have lost or erase what they have endured but it can renew hope and help restart lives.
Donate online (Please be sure to designate your donation towards Refugee and Immigration)
You can consider volunteering for an organization based in Rochester, NY. Rochester? Yes! In this day and age of the internet, we don’t have to live there to help SIVs who might settle there. (SIV stands for Special Immigrant Visa - for interpreters and others who worked with the U.S. government). Spend a couple of hours a week helping someone still in Afghanistan. Training is provided. You may save a life!
Hearts & Homes and Keeping Our Promise have a joint project which matches volunteers with SIV applicants. Volunteers help Afghans contact former supervisors and employers for letters of recommendation and employment verification. Volunteers must be savvy at internet research, comfortable with websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and able to establish a dedicated email address for their correspondence with the applicant. If interested, please send an email to [email protected].
Here at Catholic Charities-Refugee & Immigration Services we have been so grateful for the many calls from people wanting to help Afghan arrivals.
Please Mail Gift Cards to:
Catholic Charities Maine
Attn: Development Office
PO Box 10660
Portland, ME 04104
*You will receive a receipt for tax purposes if you include your name and address.
Please note: We are unable to accept donations of clothing, hard goods or furniture at this time as our storage it at full capacity.
If you would like to donate furniture, please contact FurnitureFriends.org directly. They are partnering with us in setting up new homes.
If your place of worship or business would like to sponsor a family or several families for new gifts at Christmas, please contact June Gagnon, [email protected] or (207) 650-9605
Thank you people of Maine! You are so generous!!!
Thanks again to all our generous donors. We couldn’t do it without you.
Catholic Charities Maine Threads of Hope Thrift Store can also benefit from larger items or items which are not listed above. Call (207) 781-8555 to request a pick-up or schedule drop-off.
Donations are tax deductible.
Start a volunteer drive at your school, church, or office to collect funds or needed items – it's a great way to get everyone involved in welcoming refugees into our community.