Article Title: Donate

  • Heat a Home

    When the weather turns cold, thousands of families in our service area struggle to stay warm. Your donation will provide emergency heating assistance to families at risk of going without heat. You may designate your gift for households in a particular town or county, or allow your gift to be used wherever there’s a need. Thank you for warming homes and hearts!

  • Provide a Backpack

    Registration for the 2019 We’ve Got Your Back is currently closed, but we need your help filling the requests for 1,500 backpacks. A backpack is a needed back-to-school item, yet it is also one of the more expensive. The We’ve Got Your Back program provides children living in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties, from families facing financial challenges with backpacks to help them prepare for the school year. The backpack may be the only new item a child has when they return to school. Help to build a child’s confidence and demonstrate that the community cares about their education.

  • Provide a turkey for Thanksgiving

    Over 5,000 families throughout Maine are in need this holiday season. You can be a part of the WABI Turkey Telethon and spread gratitude this Thanksgiving by helping those facing hardships.  Provide a Thanksgiving meal for our senior citizens, friends and neighbors in need by making a tax deductible donation below.

  • Give a holiday toy to a child

    Christmas is for Kids (CIFK) is a fun and easy way to spread holiday cheer. Many local children would have little or nothing to look forward to Christmas morning without your support. In late November, you can visit the Christmas is for Kids website at and select a child or family to sponsor, or you can give a general donation below and we will select a child and shop for you. The average donation to meet one child’s need and/or wish is between $35-$45. Thank you for adding joy this holiday season!

  • Transportation Support

    Imagine living in rural Maine with a chronic health condition and little to no financial means to get to treatment. That is the reality for many individuals. Your donation to Access to Care will provide transportation assistance (rides or financial reimbursement) for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to chemotherapy, dialysis and other crucial medical treatment.

  • Repair a home

    Maine has a large number of homes with outdated heating systems, inadequate plumbing and/or electrical systems, poor insulation, structural decay and insufficient accessibility design. Yet, they are what often provide housing for our low-income citizens. Donations are used to provide emergency home repair when there is a danger to a family’s health or safety.

  • For survivors of domestic violence, the Penquis Law Project provides high quality civil legal assistance at no cost. However, funding is not available to pay for court, service and other fees necessary to substantiate victims’ claims in court. Donations to support the Penquis Law Project are used to remove this cost barrier and help victims achieve a life without violence.

  • Support the needs of a sexual assault survivor

    For survivors of sexual assault, Penquis subsidiary Rape Response Services offers a 24-hour crisis and support line, accompaniment to medical and legal appointments, support groups and follow up services. Occasionally, victim/survivors of sexual assault have needs beyond the services we have funding to provide. Donations to the Support for Survivors fund will be used to provide victims of sexual assault with transportation to and from the hospital/medical provider, a hotel stay, clothing and/or other personal items needed as a result of an assault.

  • Support services for child victims of sexual abuse

    The best response to child sexual abuse is a coordinated community response. At the Penquis Children’s Advocacy Center (Penquis CAC), law enforcement, child protective services, and victim services professionals work together to coordinate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse while helping abused children heal. Your donation will support the work of the Penquis CAC, helping to reduce trauma to child victims and increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions when investigations lead to criminal prosecution.

  • Provide volunteer opportunities for seniors

    The Penquis Foster Grandparent Program connects low-income seniors with opportunities to volunteer in schools and child care centers. Your donation has multiple benefits: seniors benefit from a small stipend and purpose in their lives, at-risk children and youth receive the support they need to succeed, and schools and child care providers benefit from volunteer assistance, allowing them to better meet children’s needs.

  • Support the general fund at Penquis

    Penquis helps thousands of individuals and families annually to keep their homes heated in the winter, to provide children with quality learning experiences, to get to needed medical treatment, to escape violence, to start their own businesses, to own their own homes and much more. Support of the Penquis General Fund helps to provide services when the need exceeds the funding available to allow families to receive the help they need when they need it.

  • Provide services to pregnant and parenting youth

    The Penquis Journey House, located in Dexter, is a transitional living program for pregnant and/or parenting young women between the ages of 16 and 21 who are experiencing homelessness. Your gift supports the provision of 24-hour on-site staff for support and guidance, case management services, parenting support and help obtaining resources.


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