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Other Ways to Help

Refugees are still arriving in Maine and we are running low on supplies. Maybe you are part of a group which would like to put together a basket of kitchen or bathroom or bedding items. That would be so helpful to us!

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 bring items to Refugee and Immigration Services, 80 Sherman Street, Portland, 207-523-2723.

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

Many thanks to all of you who just stepped up to meet our need for personal hygiene products, such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. We really appreciate it!


  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Pens
  • Blankets
  • Pillows (new only)
  • Toilet paper
School Supplies are almost gone. We can use:

  • Backpacks
  • Pens (We have lots of pencils.)
  • Pocket folders
  • Large and cap erasers
  • Rulers
  • Pencil cases for small and older kids
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • 3 ring binders
  • Filler paper 
  • Notebooks
  • Water bottles


Kitchen Items:

  • Plates, soup bowls, cups, glasses
  • Forks, knives, spoons
  • Carving and paring knives
  • Can opener
  • Cooking spoons — slotted and not
  • Spatula
  • Potholders
  • Sauce pans, fry pans, soup pots — preferably with lids
  • Tea kettle


Cleaning Supplies —
"Cleaning Kits" consists of:

  • Bucket
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Rags
  • Sponges
  • Scrub brush
  • Dish soap
  • Cleanser
  • All purpose cleaning spray
  • Laundry detergent



Please note: We have no facilities to wash donated clothing, so if something is not clean, we cannot keep it.

Men's Clothing:

  • Size Medium winter jackets

Girl's Clothing:

  • Size 3T and up

Children's Boots

We do NOT need (right now):

  • Men’s & women’s clothing, boots or shoes

**Sorry, we cannot accept used car seats.