You might be eligible for fuel assistance this year

August 9th, 2019

Maine winters are tough but they’re especially tough for those who struggle with home heating costs. According to the Governor’s Energy Office, the estimated yearly cost to heat an average-sized well-insulated Maine home with fuel oil #2 was $3,317 in 2018. In order for a family of 4 to be eligible for fuel assistance in 2018, they would have had to make only $31,375 per year or less. This year, things are heating up for families who may have been just outside the income limitations last year.


Maine State Housing Authority, who oversees Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds in Maine, announced this summer that they will raise the program’s income guidelines this year, making it possible for more families to qualify for home heating assistance. The new income guidelines can be found by clicking here. Eligibility is based on 3 or 12 month (whichever you choose) gross income history from all sources in the household. Keep in mind that there are many factors that go in to finding out if you are eligible, including adjustments to your income that are made during the application process. So, apply even if you are over income the limits, as you may find during the application process that you still qualify.


Waldo County residents can apply through Waldo Community Action Partners by scheduling an appointment. You can also apply over the phone. Appointments can be made by calling (207) 338-3025 on or after September 3.

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New Employment Opportunities

July 16th, 2019






Waldo Community Action Partners is a poverty-focused non-profit with its central office space overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay. We seek motivated, resourceful, dedicated individuals to bring their knowledge, expertise, and fresh ideas to our rapidly growing organization. With more than 50 years under our belt, we offer both stability and room to grow. Whether you’re fresh out of school and craving experience or a seasoned professional looking for a place to make your mark, we have jobs from entry-level to executive that make a difference.


Current job openings include:

  • LIHEAP Client Services Intake Specialist
  • Center Facilities Coordinator
  • Director of Development
  • Lead Teacher
  • Long-Term Substitute Lead Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Classroom Aide
  • Site Supervisor
  • Dispatcher
  • Member Intake Representative
  • Driver

    For more information, please select an item below:



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    Community Action Month Recap

    May 31st, 2019

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) was incorporated in the spring of 1965, as part of the U.S. Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This Act was created for the purpose of strengthening, supplementing, and coordinating efforts in furtherance of The War on Poverty, which is the unofficial name for a piece of legislation first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In other words, the Federal government was trying to be more strategic about how it spent its funds to alleviate poverty. Since communities across the nation are so diverse in need (especially between urban and rural communities), the concept of Community Action was born, to administer Federal funds to alleviate poverty on a local, grassroots level.

    Each May, the 1000+ Community Action Agencies across the nation come together to celebrate Community Action. Even though all Community Action Agencies look different, depending on the needs of the community they serve, we all have the same overarching goals and values.

    The Promise of Community Action is that “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”

    This past month, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) kicked off Community Action Month by volunteering to be a part of the city’s Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful clean up event. It was a great opportunity to get outside, share some laughs with coworkers, and appreciate the level of pride everyone has for our fantastic mid-coast community. We even made some new friends along the way.

    On May 7th, we took part in National Teacher Appreciation Week in conjunction with Community Action Month by celebrating our Early Childhood Programs many amazing teachers, classroom aides, and staff. If you’ve ever been in one of our Early Childhood Program classrooms, or any classroom at all, you know the special kind of magic teachers bring with them. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and every day, we are filled with gratitude for the good work being done for the children in our community.

    Later in the month, WCAP joined others across the world by celebrating families on the International Day of Families and families and also joined forces with the 9 other Community Action Agencies in Maine to share information on social media about our collective impact as a network. We also shared some of our own impact information, which you can find at the end of this article.

    Throughout the years, thousands of community members, civic organizations, and businesses have opened their doors to our agency. We can’t help but look back and think how much better we are because of them and the enrichment they offer not only to those we serve but also our community as a whole. Thank you, Waldo County, for a very fulfilling 54 years and more to come!

    Posted in Uncategorized, WCAP Updates

    Delayed opening due to weather

    March 4th, 2019

    WCAP offices will delay opening March 4, 2019 due to the weather, in order to better ensure the safety of our clients and our employees. We will be opening for the day at 11:00 a.m.

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    Closed due to weather

    February 13th, 2019

    WCAP offices will be closed February 13, 2019 due to the weather, in order to better ensure the safety of our clients and our employees. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on February 14, 2019.

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    Cinderella Project of Maine to hold prom dress giveaways in January and April this year

    January 9th, 2019

    The Cinderella Project of Maine is proud to announce that it will be holding prom dress giveaways in both Belfast and Gardiner again this year—however, the two locations will offer the giveaways at different times of year.

    The Gardiner giveaway will be earlier this year and will be on Sunday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner. There will not be a giveaway in Gardiner in April.

    The Belfast giveaway will be in April, with the exact date and location to be announced closer to the giveaway date. There will not be a Belfast giveaway in January.

    Gowns are free to all Maine high school students in need of a dress for prom with one stipulation – that they promise to pay the favor forward in some way by doing something nice for someone else in their community.

    If you or someone would like to donate a dress to the Cinderella Project of Maine, it’s not too late. Dresses are accepted all the way up until the day of the last giveaway. Dress donations are accepted at any Day’s Jewelers store in the State of Maine. For additional dress drop off locations, visit

    For more information, contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 or visit The Cinderella Project of Maine at or on Facebook. The Cinderella Project of Maine is a project of Waldo Community Actions Partners, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Belfast, Maine. Your donations are tax deductible.

    Posted in Community Projects, Uncategorized

    FREE School Supply Giveaway

    July 18th, 2018

    Waldo Community Action Partners wants to make sure your child kicks off the school year ready to learn! School supplies will be available FREE of charge to Waldo County eligible families on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Please call (207) 338-6809 to set up an appointment. You will need to bring your child’s MaineCare or WIC folder to the appointment for proof of income.

    Posted in Community Happenings, Community Projects, Uncategorized

    Tell us what Waldo County needs and win!

    September 5th, 2017

    Get entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to Hannaford just for telling us what you think Waldo County needs! As part of our Community Needs Assessment, we’re conducting a survey to hear from you on what you think. Take 10-15 minutes to fill it out online and you’ll be given a chance at the end to enter your name into a raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards. Follow the link below to take the survey! As a bonus, if you have a Facebook page, we’ll be adding the names of anyone who likes, comments, and/or shares our Facebook post into a separate drawing for a $25 gift card because it’s very important to us to make sure this survey reaches as many people who live and/or work in Waldo County as possible. You’ll get one entry for every like, comment, or share you make on this post (three entries for doing all three, two entries for doing two, etc.) Don’t forget to fill out the survey too and you’ll also be entered to win a $50 gift card!

    This survey and the Community Needs Assessment it is a part of gets distributed across the county and plays a very important role in shaping the types of programs not just WCAP but other local service organizations offer. Let’s see how many people who live and/or work in Waldo County that we can reach!

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    Boy Scout donates 5 refurbished laptops to WCAP for families in need

    June 18th, 2017


    Ben Dargon, a student at Waldo County Technical Center (WCTC), decided to combine his love for technology with his desire to do good for the community, by developing an avenue for laptops refurbished by WCTC Computer Careers students to be made available for free to Waldo County families and individuals who aren’t able to afford a computer.


    Dargon decided to approach Waldo Community Action Partners about his idea as part of his Eagle Scout project. He and some of his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop #34 dropped off five refurbished Macbook laptops as part of the project. His hope is that WCAP and Waldo County Tech Center will be able to carry on the partnership that he generated in order to continue connecting Waldo County households with low incomes with refurbished laptops in the future.


    Laptops will be distributed through WCAP’s Case Management program to individuals in the community with barriers to technology preventing them from excelling in school or obtaining a job.

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    Money management session postponed

    February 13th, 2017

    POSTPONED: The money management session scheduled for February 14 at 9 a.m. has been postponed until a later date. We will keep you posted once it has been rescheduled.

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    9 Field Street, P.O. Box 130
    Belfast, Maine 04915
    Phone: (207) 338-6809