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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.

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to our very generous donors from all over Maine and even New Hampshire. The result of our donation drive has been overwhelming and we are so grateful to each person who is helping welcome newcomers to our state.
Our needs change depending on what we have received. At this time our major need is for
winter jackets for men & women, boys and girls. 
(We have an abundance of infant snowsuits up to one year of age, and also men’s Extra Large jackets, but little to none in other sizes.) 

We can also use:

  • Winter gloves/mittens for boys, girls, men, & women
  • Winter scarves, especially for men and boys
  • Winter hats for men and women (thanks to our many generous donors, we have a very large number of winter hats for kids.)
  • Snow pants for kids


In addition: we have received many wonderful sets of dishes and other housewares. We could still use the following...

  • Silverware
  • Can openers
  • Tea kettles
  • Pot holders
  • Brooms & dustpans
  • Towels
  • Shower curtains & rings
  • Bath mats
  • Scrub brushes
Many thanks again.
We couldn’t do it without you!