Making a Difference

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

Harvest Moon Festival

A Chinese & Vietnamese Harvest Moon Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 11 AM to 2 PM at The Center (Lawrence  Senior Center), 155 Haverhill St., Lawrence. The City of Lawrence Council on Aging and the Merrimack Valley Immigrant & Education Center are sponsoring this event. They are inviting the general public to experience a Harvest Moon Asian Celebration.


Tickets for a light lunch are $3 and must be purchased in advance. Entertainment will be provided by Gund Kwok, Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troup, who will perform a colorful and specially choreographed Lion Dance performance. For tickets or more information, contact The Center at 978-620-3550


The program is supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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 fall ESOL and citizenship classes.



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
September 14 - November 16
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM
September 15 - November 17
Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 PM

$75 fee (optional textbook $25)
Free to Lawrence residents (partially funded by Lawrence CDBG funds)

English Classes

In fall we are offering two ESOL level 1 courses and two ESOL level 2 courses which last for twelve weeks. The fee is $125.
September 12 - December 1
Level 1
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 -11:30 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Level 2
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Morning classes are Workplace English and are free to Lawrence residents (partially funded by Lawrence CDBG funds).

Workplace English

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).

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