Penquis Receives Grant from Maine Community Foundation

By Penquis | Jan 12, 2022

Penquis C.A.P., Inc. (Penquis) recently received $1,500 from the Ezra James Briggs Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for support services. Established in 1967, Penquis is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Maine families in becoming healthy, safe, connected, and financially secure. Penquis is Maine's largest community action agency serving primarily low- and moderate-income individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties, with an even broader impact across all 16 counties through its nearly 500 community partnerships. Penquis programs focus on five areas: school readiness, affordable housing, economic security, reliable transportation, and healthy lives. The agency touches the lives of approximately 6,000 people each day and more than 30,000 each year.

“Penquis offers a variety of services that help people of all ages, from infants to older adults,” declares Kara Hay, President & CEO. “The grant will allow us to quickly help people in a variety of ways: heating families’ homes this winter, providing care for our community’s older adults, transporting chronically ill patients to their medical treatments, and child care.

“We thank the Maine Community Foundation and the Ezra James Briggs Family Fund for recognizing the importance of making these essential services available to area residents and building not only strong, healthy families but also thriving and prosperous communities. This work has been all the more crucial since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Penquis is a member of the Maine Community Action Partnership and a chartered member of NeighborWorks® America, a membership network of over 240 community organizations across the U.S. focused on creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. Penquis has consistently earned an "exemplary" rating from NeighborWorks for attaining the highest level of performance and impact. For more information about services provided by Penquis, visit or call 1-800-215-4942.



ABOUT MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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