Carry Me Home is a New England-based 501c3 non-profit organization that is run 100% by volunteers. We currently have active branches in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our warehouse is located in Brattleboro, VT.
CARRY ME HOME
WHERE HOPE STARTS TO HEAL
What We Do
Mission and Overview
Our primary mission is to support families and individuals fleeing zones of conflict. To that end we collect, sort, and donate weather-appropriate gently used children's and adult clothing, footwear and sleeping bags. We previously focused on packaging and shipping clothes to partners working at refugee camps, but now that our region is more able to welcome people who must flee their home countries, we are delighted to serve them right here.
We welcome you to help at our weekly sorting sessions!
We meet Thursdays 9:30-11:20 at Centre Church.
Please check our Facebook page (or email/text us) for updates and cancellations.
If you'd rather help sort at a different time, contact us and we'll make arrangements.
*All volunteers must be masked, COVID vaccinated if eligible, and complete a daily health screening form before volunteer sessions.
Prior to COVID, we hosted four annual Greek Supper fundraisers, in honor of the Greek people who have been the first to welcome so many people fleeing the Middle East by boat.
We look forward to another community supper some day!
House Blend shared their beautiful a cappella voices with us for a lovely coffeehouse concert in the parlor at Centre Church.
We co-sponsored film screenings about refugees and the places they travel from and through.
Sorting and Packaging
One at a Time
We are a 100% volunteer run, funded and organized group. Volunteers meet every week to sort appropriate seasonal clothing by age and item. This process aids greatly in the ease of distribution for volunteers and refugees.
Where does it all go?
What we have done so far
We have sent shipments to Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia; Chios, Polikastro, Idomeni, Lesvos, Samos, and Athens, Greece; and Calais, France. We closely coordinate with field volunteers on the ground who work tirelessly on assisting refugees ( a term we use loosely on this page to describe anyone fleeing conflict or an untenable situation in their home country, regardless of legal status). These partners advise us as to current needs, and supervise the distribution of our goods to the people who need them most. In our first four years of operation, we shipped over 12 tons (24,000 pounds or about 540 large shipping boxes) of presorted, packaged aid for refugees.
Our newer initiatives
Since 2019, in addition to continuing international shipments, we have donated clothes regularly to asylum seekers, and starting in 2021, to refugees and others seeking safety in the US. We are now working closely with CASP (Community Asylum Seekers Program), ECDC (Ethiopian Community Development Council), and community co-sponsorship groups in Southern Vermont to support the families they host and sponsor.
Understanding our mission broadly
We donate clothing that doesn't meet (or exceeds) the needs of refugees, or is too heavy to ship affordably, to Brattleboro community members via the giveaway tables at Loaves and Fishes free lunches (in the same space as our warehouse), and occasionally by special request to Groundworks.
We have donated about 200 pounds of clothes not needed locally to partners who distributed them for free at Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.
If donated items are not appropriate for any of the above, we give anything in good usable condition to our local thrift shop, Experienced Goods.
Make a Donation
Give your time:
Our biggest need right now in late fall 2021 is for volunteers to help us sort our donations, and keep them organized as we start giving out clothes.
Give new or gently used clothing:
We maintain a list of most needed items, and where to drop them off, here:
Make a monetary donation:
We also need funds to purchase items we don't have in stock, especially winter coats and boots of the correct size, for our new Vermonters. We hope to spend $50 per person for this purpose. We are waiting to understand local needs before resuming shipments elsewhere, but we will eventually need funds for this as well.
Please click the button below to make a donation via Paypal, or make a check out to Carry Me Home and mail it to:
Carry Me Home
c/o Centre Congregational Church
193 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301