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Share your gifts with Catholic Charities

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charitable acts) are the three pillars of Lent.  If you are looking for a way that you can share your gifts with others this Lent, here are a few opportunities from Catholic Charities Maine.

Catholic Charities Wish List:

Catholic Charities serves tens of thousands of Mainers every year, offering basic necessities and help in moving toward independence and stability. Its programs and the people the serve rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors to fulfill our mission. Click here to see a wish list of some items Catholic Charities could use.

Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunities:

Catholic Charities has many volunteer opportunities, some that require only a few hours of your time.  You could become a greeter in one of their thrift stores, provide companionship to a senior citizen, or do some office workers.  Click here to see a list of possibilities.

Child Development Centers:

The Catholic Charities Childcare Development Centers are in need of books! Our centers in Biddeford and Portland are looking to acquire new or gently used books to grow, nurture and teach their children. Please consider donating books appropriate for children from birth through age 5.   The programs strongly promote reading and early literary skills at both the center and at the home of each child.  Books will be utilized by the teaching staff and be made available to all the parents-there is no such thing as having enough books to enrich a child’s understanding!  The center is looking for parishes to hold book drives at least once per year (more drives are always appreciated). If you, your parish, youth group, school or organization are interested in helping collect books, please let us know!

Additionally, the Biddeford center is in need of naptime caregivers from 12 - 2 p.m every day.

For more information:

St. Louis in Biddeford: Kimberly Novak - Phone: 282-3790    Email: knovak@ccmaine.org
St. Elizabeth’s in Portland: Leslee Pierce, Director   Phone: 871-7444  Email: lpierce@ccmaine.org

Educational Services for Blind and Visually-Impaired Children (ESBVIC)

What is a visual impairment? How could I do the things I love to do if I were blind? Who would teach me to read? How would I treat someone who was blind? What would I say or do? These are all questions that children have about blindness. At Catholic Charities Maine, our Education Services for Blind Children’s program has teachers for the blind and visually impaired who help students who are blind or visually impaired. We would love to share information and activities that you could do at the parish level with children to help raise their awareness about vision impairment or help support the program.  Though we are funded primarily through the State of Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, we find that there is just not enough money to support our staff in what they do. If your parish would be interested in getting more information that you could share with your children, please contact Nancy Moulton at 207-592-4760  nmoulton@ccmaine.org.

Thrift Stores:

Catholic Charities operates five thrift stores across the state, with proceeds going to support its many programs.  You can support the thrift stores through donations and through purchases. Learn more: http://www.ccmaine.org/thrift-store/organize-a-drive

Refugee and Immigration Services:

Welcome Kit: Refugees arriving in this country often carry little with them. They need everything from can openers to household cleaners.  You can help by putting together welcome kits.  Learn more:   http://www.ccmaine.org/refugee-immigration-services/support/other-ways-to-help

For more information, contact the Portland office, 80 Sherman Street, at 207-871-7437 or the Lewiston office on 27 Pine Street, 207-344-6615.