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Other Ways to Help

Here at Catholic Charities-Refugee & Immigration Services we have been so grateful for the many calls from people wanting to help Afghan arrivals.  

New arrivals are always delighted to receive Gift Cards so they can pick out specifically what their home needs and the sizes and for the season needed. Most shop at WalMart. Hannaford and other food stores are also appreciated.  

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.

Thanks to generosity of our donors, the RIS donations have been plentiful through the winter. For this reason, we are pausing in accepting any new donations for the time being.

The only donation we are looking for at this time is a sewing machine, new or used in working condition.

If you have furniture you wish to donate, please contact who we partner with. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.


To those who are wanting to DO something to help with the Afghan crisis...

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].