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, Catholic Charities may have an opportunity that is right you. Below you will find some highlighted volunteer opportunities. Click here to find a complete list or here for a wish list of some items Catholic Charities could use.
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!
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If you have just a few hours to give each week, youc an make a tremendous difference in someon'es life. S.E.A.R.C.H. (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage & Hope) volunteers are matched with elderly persons, often with similar interests, and spend a few hours each week providing support, companionship, and helping with daily tasks. Those who volunteer will tell how rewarding it is and how much they look forward to those weekly visits.
HOP (Hands On Projects) Team Members
Are you interested in volunteering but have limited time? You may want to jump on this opportunity. HOP volunteers help with one-time projects. It could mean stuffing envelopes, organizing files, or helping out at events such as Catholic Charities' annual golf tournament, among other things. Your total commitment may be no more than just a few hours, but you can still provide valuable assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.