Ways To Help Asylum Seekers

The Expo: The United Way is coordinating the volunteer effort at the Expo, including scheduling and screening (i.e., background checks). For more information or to volunteer:https://www.unitedwaygp.org/2019/06/14/expo-shelter/
NOTE: Portuguese translators urgently needed.
1. The City of Portland
o   Text the word EXPO to 91999 
2. The Congolese Community of Maine
CoCoMaine has started a GoFundMe “to help provide financial comfort to our new families arriving in Portland […]. [We] as brothers and sisters want to fundraise for housing efforts, electricity bills, rents, and household items so our people can succeed after finding their sanctuary.”:https://www.gofundme.com/f/6tun5-support-asylum-seekers…
3. Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
To support ILAP’s advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers, donate through this link:https://ilapmaine.ejoinme.org/donate
DONATE GOODS – if you are unable to drop your items at any of these locations be will be glad to bring them for you. 
Please note that goods should be donated to the Expo via the organizations below. Donations of goods from individuals will not be accepted at the Expo. Note also that there may now be a greater need for toddler sized diapers/training pants and clothes. Packages of new and unused underwear and socks for persons of all sizes will be greatly appreciated.
1.      The Opportunity Alliance’s WIC
TOA WIC will be assisting clients at the Expo by providing client-centered onsite services with a focus on breastfeeding and formula feeding families and pregnant women. Among other things, they are distributing prenatal vitamins and items that aid with hygiene for families and safe formula preparation. TOA WIC are accepting donations of goods through their Amazon wishlist, available here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/246MR2IIDRYC4…
2.      Gateway Community Services
501 Forest Ave., Portland
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am to 5 pm

Special hours: Saturday, 6/15, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 6/16, 10 am to 6 pm
Accepting items that can help with the immediate needs at the Expo, including the following:
·         baby food and formula 
·         diapers
·         feminine hygiene products (please provide sanitary napkins, not tampons)
·         water
·         clothes (seasonally appropriate and in good condition)
·         personal care items (e.g., soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste)
Please note: Gateway are not accepting household items at this time for Expo families.
3.      Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services
at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
1342 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Accepting the items below for donation to the individuals and families currently housed at the Expo:
·         diapers
·         wipes
·         formula
·         menstrual products [Note: Gateway says no tampons. Unclear if there is a specific preference here.]
4.      Coffee By Design
Accepting, at their three Portland locations:
·         diapers
·         baby clothes
·         feminine hygiene products
·         socks