Catholic Charities needs school supplies, volunteers

Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), located at 2220 W. Market St., is in need of back-to-school supplies for the children in refugee families who have resettled into our community.

According to Chris Clements, community resource developer for MRS, especially needed at this time are backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, folders, filler paper and notebooks. The items may be dropped off at the MRS office on Market Street, or the main Catholic Charities’ office at 2911 S. Fourth St.

The MRS program is also seeking volunteers to attend its Aug. 28 training and orientation session designed to prepare them to help refugee individuals and families.

Upon completion of the session, the volunteer will help refugees enhance their English as a second language skills, and they will act as a friend to the new member of the community by introducing them to community resources, such as the libraries, parks, grocery stores and public transportation.

The training session will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the MRS office at 2911 S. Fourth St. If interested in attending, call Rita Eichert, volunteer and community, outreach coordinator at 637-9786, or reach her by email at reichert@archlou.org.

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