Making a Difference

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

MVIEC Office

Our office is open from Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Visit our offices to learn more about our English and citizenship courses. Or call 978-683-7316 or email to sign up for a class.

See below for details of our summer ESOL and citizenship classes, and our Youth Writing Workshop. We are looking for high-school or college-aged volunteers who love books to assist the teacher of our Youth Writing Workshop, Mr Robert Largess.



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.
July 6th - September 7th
$75 fee (optional textbook $25)
Free to Lawrence residents
10 weeks
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM

English Classes

In June we are offering three ESOL level 1 courses that last for four weeks. The fee is $50.
June 7th - 30th
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM
June 14th - July 7th
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM
June 6th - June 29th
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:30 PM


English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are sponsored by the City of Lawrence and are free to residents of Lawrence ($125 for others). These classes will be available in September.

Free Youth Workshops

Our Youth Writing Program is open to 7th - 10th 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.
July 6th - August 7th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 PM - 8:00 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.


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

Cummings Foundation
Rogers Family Foundation
Stevens Foundation
DCU for Kids
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
The Women's Fund of Essex County
See the full list here