Making a Difference

We serve immigrant and refugee families through outreach and educational programs to assist them in becoming productive members of the community.

Register for Free Writing Workshop

Using Zoom for remote online learning, this workshop helps students entering grades 7 through 12 to improve their writing skills. Students will write short stories, poems, essays, and reports while exploring the myths and tales of a variety of cultures.

The workshops take place by Zoom from 6.00 PM -8.00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7th through August 20th.

Please use this online form to register for the free workshop by June 23rd, if possible.

MVIEC Office and Covid-19

Our office is open to help with citizenship questions. Call 978-683-7316 to set up an appointment and please wear a mask if you are visiting the office. Language and citizenship classes are suspended until September.

Citizenship Classes

From gathering the necessary information and documents needed to complete their applications to meeting individually with prospective citizens and assisting them as they prepare for their exam and interview, the program gently guides its participants through a seemingly overwhelming process ensuring that they stay the course and attain their citizenship status.
10 weeks, once per week
$50 fee (optional textbook $25)
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 PM

English Classes

We offer two Level 1 and two Level 2 ESOL classes with up to 15 students in each class. Instructors work with the entire class, as well as identify individual needs of students.
ESOL I and II Classes
12 weeks, $100 fee
Monday & Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday & Thursday Classes
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Elder Services

Our case managers provide advocacy, translation services, access to social services, and translation support for medical appointments. They collaborate with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the Lawrence Senior Center to link seniors to life-saving and preventative services that help seniors prosper in the community.

Youth Workshops

Our Youth Writing Program is open to 6th - 11th grade students. In a 12 session summer workshop, they will be exposed to various types of writing and explore many styles and examples. Hands on work will include writing assignments, group sharing and project rewrites. Students are encouraged to rely on their personal experiences by writing about families, and telling their stories as recent immigrants and as children of first generation immigrants and refugees.
Ongoing Monthly Workshops
6:00 to 8:00 PM

English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are free to residents of Lawrence.
Ongoing sessions
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00-11:30 AM or 12:15-2:45 PM.
Free to Lawrence residents


Our operations are supported by generous contributions from local and national organizations, including:

Cummings Foundation
Rogers Family Foundation
Stevens Foundation
Saab Family Trust
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
See the full list here