We look to support refugees and immigrants new to the Portland community as they seek to make this their home. Our support includes helping with needed adjustments to their new environment, obtaining goods, assisting with English and asylum needs, helping with learning for the citizenship test and working on related legislative issues.
WIN (welcoming immigrants network) meets every third Thursday at First Parish UU Church Portland to connect about common interests and needs. Early in its development Felix (from Rwanda) spoke at our church.
In earlier years we had potlucks with Iraqi and African refugees, whom we also helped with household goods, adapting to this country and speaking English.
Do you have usable winter clothing that newcomer immigrants could use? Please bring them to Parkside Neighborhood Center, at the corner of Mellen and Grant Streets, Portland. They are open to receive clothing, bedding, and kitchen items five days a week: Mondays: 10 to 5, Tuesdays: 12 to 7, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11 to 5.
Do you have furniture you would like to donate? Pick up can be arranged or maybe you can deliver it yourself. Check with the Furniture Friends Portland, email, or call 210-5797 or leave a message at 207-200-7796. And THANKS!
Muscles are needed to help collect the furniture and move it!
Portland Adult Education has a great need for volunteer tutors to help students one hour per week in reading, writing, and conversation. Interested? contact, Moey Burchenal, at 874-8155 or email her. Further information about the Portland Adult Education program can be found here.