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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.

We are so sorry we cannot accept all donations right now. Following are things that we are really in need of and can accept: 

  • Girls’ winter jackets:  Sizes 6 months, 12 months,  18 months, 3T, 5T, 6, and 7-8. 
  • Boys winter jackets size: 12 months
  • Men’s winter jackets size Small and Medium
  • New pillows
  • Cleaning buckets
  • Brooms & dustpans
  • Scissors
  • Sponges 
  • Scrub brushes  
  • Can openers
  • Tea kettles
  • Twin bed sheets
  • Twin bed blankets
  • Twin bed bedspreads
  • Feminine hygiene pads
  • Warm baby blankets
  • Baby & toddler socks
  • Toilet paper
  • Vaseline
  • Adult masks
  • Cleanser, such as Comet
  • Antibiotic lotion

We are at 80 Sherman Street in Portland and are usually open from 9:00-4:00 Monday through Friday. Occasionally, the office is not staffed. If you plan to drop off a donation, please call reception first to be sure someone will be there to receive it:  (207) 781-7437, extension 1 for English, and then ext. 0 for Reception. 

If you would like to donate furniture, please contact FurnitureFriends.org directly. They are partnering with us in setting up new homes.

If your place of worship or business would like to sponsor a family or several families for new gifts at Christmas, please contact June Gagnon, [email protected] or (207) 650-9605.

Thank you people of Maine! You are so generous!!!

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].