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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 following – 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. It is expected in the coming year we will see an increase in Syrian refugees. 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

We have been grateful for the outpouring of donations of household items and clothing over the last year in support of refugees and immigrants in our community. In fact, we had to take time off to catch up with the flow and reorganize. Now we are ready to accept new items.

Here’s how we work: We are responsible for outfitting a household for each new family according to Federal guidelines. We have only enough storage space to keep these mandated items, unlike some pantries or thrift shops, where shoppers can browse and choose. We really need your help in managing the flow of only what we need, which may not match up with everything you would like to give. We ask for your understanding.

Below are lists of what we need at this time. PLEASE GIVE ONLY WHAT IS ASKED FOR and please be sure items are clean and in very, very good condition. New items are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU DROP OFF ANYTHING, as our needs often change: 207-523-2723.

Thank you! You make an enormous difference in welcoming people who have had to leave everything familiar.

Household Items:

  • Laundry baskets
  • Tall kitchen trash cans
  • Sturdy plastic buckets
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Sponges
  • Scrub brushes
  • Toilet bowl brushes
  • Stovetop teapots
  • Can openers
  • Paper napkins
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bars of soap
  • Deodorant
  • Bottles of shampoo
  • Non-toxic household cleaner
  • Thermometers for body temp.
  • Shower curtain rings
  • New shower curtains
  • Bath mats
  • Sets of dishes
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Potholders
  • Paper napkins
  • New bed pillows

 

Clothing Items:

  • Baby/toddler indoor & outdoor clothing, all sizes, all seasons
  • Children’s long pants, long or short sleeve shirts, fleeces or sweaters, all sizes
  • Socks, ages 0-12
  • Shoes, ages 0-12
  • New underwear, ages 3 & up
  • Pajamas, ages 3 & up
  • Women’s and men’s boots, new or in very good condition
  • Women’s and men’s new socks
  • Women’s new warm gloves

NOT NEEDED NOW:

  • Adult clothing (not needed now)
  • Bedding
  • Bookbags or school supplies
  • Books or toys
  • Furniture

Thank 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. If you are interested in starting a drive, contact Mary Tracy at mtracy@ccmaine.org.