Incorporated in 1967, Penquis was created as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to bring locally developed solutions that create opportunities for financial equality, strengthen families, and improve the quality of living conditions for individuals and families in our communities.
Community Action Agencies (CAAs)
Penquis is one of nearly 1100 Community Action Agencies across the United States and one of ten in Maine. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 implemented to fight Americaâ€™s War on Poverty. The ambitious purpose of the Act was clearly defined:
â€śTo eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.â€ť Community Action Agencies continue to thrive.
Our Mission Statement: Penquis is a community of people who have joined
in a common mission to assist individuals and families in preventing,
reducing, or eliminating poverty in their lives and, through
partnerships, to engage the community in addressing economic and social
needs. Penquis primarily serves low- and moderate-income individuals in
Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox Counties, though several programs
extend well beyond these boundaries.
Rape Response Services, MaineStream Finance, Penquis Housing Inc. Penquis Development Inc.
Penquis is a member of the Maine Community Action Association.
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