The 2020 U.S. Census and you

September 23rd, 2019




BACKGROUND
On April 1, 2020, the United States will conduct the decennial census to count ALL people who live in our country, regardless of citizenship status. This constitutionally mandated count is foundational to our democracy and shapes the future of our communities by determining representation and legislative district, distribution of federal dollars, and local decisions around the expansion of services and economic development.


An accurate count in 2020 is crucial for the Community Action Network. Agencies rely on census data to determine federal funding allocations, conduct needs assessments and ultimately create programs that meet local needs and lift up the communities and families we serve. Unfortunately, history shows that the Census always misses some percentage of the population in the final count, especially in disadvantaged or marginalized communities including low-income households, young children, people of color, and immigrants. These are the groups most likely to be served by Community Action, and these are the groups with the most to lose.


CENSUS COUNTS 2020 AND COMMUNITY ACTION COUNTS
As a voice for the country’s 1000+ community action agencies, The Community Action Partnership and Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) are committed to ensuring every member of our community is counted. We are proud to serve our community and will work to engage and support Census activities across Waldo County. Community Action is embedded in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country. Our network’s Census effort seeks to maximize these relationships.


2020 CENSUS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Will it make a difference for my community?
Yes! It allows the community to get the funds it needs for its population. When you respond to the Census, you help your community get its fair share of more than $750 billion per year in federal programs like Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, Section 8, and more.


Do I participate if I’m not a permanent citizen?
Yes! The U.S. Constitution says the Census should count every person, whether they are a permanent citizen or not. Federal money and Congressional representation are determined by total population size, not just permanent or legal citizens. States use population to allocate funding for legislative and school districts as well.


Do they come to my home?
They will not come to your home if you complete the form online, by mail, or over the phone. If you do not complete the Census around April 1, 2020, you will receive reminder letters and postcards. If you still do not respond, a Census Bureau employee will come to your home, but will not enter.


Can the information on the Census form be used to deport me?
NO. It is illegal for Census Bureau employees to disclose personal information about individuals. They cannot share information with the FBI, ICE, or any other government or private sector entity. No other government agency has the legal right to access census information. Census employees take confidentiality very seriously, swearing a lifelong oath to protect respondents’ privacy on their first day.


Please consider completing the Census and encourage others to do so too!


Posted in Community Happenings, Uncategorized

New Employment Opportunities

September 17th, 2019

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

JOIN OUR TEAM.

 

 

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
  • Education Technician
  • Assistant Teacher (Two positions: Belfast and Searsport)
  • Lead Teacher (Two positions: Winterport and Unity)
  • Classroom Aide
  • Driver
  • Substitute Driver
  •  

    For more information, please select an item below:

    OPENINGS BENEFITS APPLY

     


    Posted in Uncategorized

    WCAP Early Childhood Program announces new partnership with RSU 71

    August 23rd, 2019


    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) Early Childhood Program will partner with RSU 71 for the upcoming school year to provide multiple pre-k classrooms in Waldo County.


    Following the recent closure of a local nonprofit, WCAP and RSU 71 entered into partnership agreement to preserve early childhood education services in the community. There will be four classrooms; two located at East Belfast Elementary School and two located at Gladys Weymouth Elementary School in Morrill. The classrooms will blend public school and Head Start services to ensure an efficient delivery of programming for all families.


    In addition to public pre-k services through collaborations with RSU 3, RSU 20, and RSU 22, WCAP’s Early Childhood Program has been providing Head Start and Early Head Start services in Waldo County since 1965. Head Start promotes the school readiness of children under 5 through education, health, social and other services. WCAP is actively accepting applications for both public pre-k and Head Start classrooms throughout Waldo County at this time.


    Families who are interested in enrolling their child in pre-k or Head Start should reach out to WCAP at 338-3827 or they can complete the first application step on WCAP’s website at https://waldocap.org/?page_id=27.


    Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, private non-profit organization located in Belfast, Maine. It is designed to utilize and mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents in the alleviation of poverty and address its underlying causes. WCAP’s mission is “building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance”. For more information, visit www.waldocap.org or call (207) 338-6809.


    Posted in Head Start, Uncategorized

    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.


    Posted in Uncategorized

    New Employment Opportunities

    July 16th, 2019

     

    MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    JOIN OUR TEAM.

     

     

    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:

    OPENINGS BENEFITS APPLY

     


    Posted in Uncategorized

    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.


    Posted in Uncategorized

    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.


    Posted in Uncategorized

    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 www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org/donations.

    For more information, contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 or visit The Cinderella Project of Maine at www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org 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


    WCAP

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