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There are many ways you can donate to support our program, including financial contributions, and household items.

We are looking for the items listed below — please only gently-used, clean, stain-free, bedbug-free items only!

Financially Support the Work We Do

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)

Other Ways to Help

Due to Covid-19 we are limited in what we can accept right now. We are able to take brand new items only. If you wish to help refugees, you can also give a cash donation or Gift Card. These are greatly appreciated by the newcomers. 

New items include cleaning products, of course. Maybe you are part of a group that would like to put together a bucket of cleaning supplies. That would be so helpful to us! If you can find non-toxic items, that’s preferred because clients can’t always read the “Poison” information in English.

  • Portland Metro bus passes
  • Hannaford gift cards

Items we are very low on:

  • Buckets
  • Antibiotic lotion
  • Pressure cookers
  • Rice cookers   
  • Kitchen sponges 
  • Cleanser such as Ajax, Comet etc.
  • Carving knives
  • Paring knives
  • Shaving  cream for men
  • Bathroom rugs
  • Hangers

School Supplies:

  • Water bottles
  • Pencil cases for elementary and high school kids
  • Filler paper
  • Note books
  • Plastic pencil sharpeners

Products for natural/textured hair – shampoo, products for hydrating and detangling; Shea butter or coconut butter leave-in conditioner; Castor oil moisturizing spray. Examples are products by Cantu and Urban Hydration.

Home Tool Kit – new or used tools
Examples of what a kit might contain:  hammer, nails, screwdrivers, duct tape, pliers, utility knife, tape measure, wrench. A container for the tools, such as a tool box, plastic box or other. Kits do not need to contain all these items. Or you might have additional ideas of things that are handy.

Home First Aid Kit – donate a pre-made first aid kit from a company or put together your own. 
Examples of what a kit might contain:  band-aids of various sizes, antiseptic spray or alcohol wipes; hydrocortisone cream for itching; gauze pads and adhesive tape; ace bandage; tweezers; burn gel; Ibuprofen and/or Tylenol (adult or child);  thermometer sleeves (we have thermometers but not sleeves). Kits do not need to have all these items.

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 or Office

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.