Penobscot Valley Industries (PVI)

Provides program participants with a wide range of innovative community based and on-site options to find and develop talents, to know the community, to develop friendships, and to increase independence.

What's Going On?

68 Hillside Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401

Opening its doors for the first time in 1980, PVI has grown to support over 60 men and women who wish to move toward a more independent life and to use their abilities to the fullest extent possible. PVI works with each individual not only to determine deficits that may need to be addressed but also to identify interests and talents that need to be explored and expanded. Each person has the opportunity to build an individualized program that will meet a need or goal they have identified while leaving time to pursue areas of personal interest.

This is a highly creative program that utilizes talented staff and professionals in the community. Program participants are welcome to enjoy every offering regardless of ability. The vast majority of our program participants are clients of The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and there is also an option to private pay. If you need to contact DHHS the number is 207-561-4100 (TTY 1-800-963-9490).

These are a sampling of the accomplishments and opportunities for personal growth that are available at PVI:

Workers Council is a self governing body that creates rules for the program environment. This provides a positive and effective forum for participants to learn how to address complaints or mediate disagreement using the team process.

Volunteer opportunities take place at the Bangor Veterans Home, Bangor Humane Society, the Bangor Shelter, and The Ecumenical Food Cupboard.

Newsletter and Photography groups interview community leaders and others to produce interesting and informative articles

PVI artists exhibit at the Bangor Public Library, the Maine Discovery Museum, Very Special Arts and have created window displays for Main 1 Travel in downtown Bangor.

Heritage days and Environmental Days provide opportunities to explore a broader geographic area of our state.

Trail Stewards volunteered with the Keep Bangor Beautiful initiative and were recognized by the Harbormaster for their efforts on the waterfront.

The Robotics interest group won second place in a New England based competition sponsored by Legos Inc. called Inventing the Future.

Personal fitness, in consultation with a physical therapist includes Creative Movement with Maureen Lynch of the Robinson Ballet and Special Olympics.

Cafe Night provides art, music and dance in order to raise funds for an adopted child in Kenya, the Gulf Coast Humane Society, and the PVI Art Program.