Cinderella Project of Maine 2020 free prom dress giveaways postponed

March 20th, 2020

For more than a decade, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events have put the health and wellbeing of students and their families at the core of the project’s standards. It is that very standard that has led us to respond proactively to the current challenges our state now faces relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Cinderella Project of Maine’s parent organization, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has made the decision to align its preventative efforts regarding gatherings with the Cinderella Project of Maine’s partner, Gardiner Area High School, as well as the Maine CDC. Per the Maine Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to limit large gatherings of 250 people or more, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events scheduled for March 21 in Gardiner and April 4 in Belfast will be postponed until further notice.

For more information, contact Amanda Simmons at (207) 338-6809 or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cinderellaprojectmaine. The Cinderella Project of Maine is a project of Waldo Community Actions Partners, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Belfast, Maine.


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Cinderella Project of Maine to hold free prom dress giveaways in March and April

March 3rd, 2020

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.


The Gardiner giveaway will be Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner. The Belfast giveaway will be on Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Renys Plaza, where there will also be a representative from Belfast City Drawers, who will offer free bra fittings to students and any adult that brings a student. They will also have a selection of gently used bras available for students to pick up that are attending the Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway in Belfast.


The Cinderella Project of Maine’s prom 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 (207) 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.


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Help during the holidays

December 16th, 2019


While this time of year is one that many look forward to, it is important to remember that for some people, the holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year.


If you know of someone who may be feeling a little stretched thin this winter, or if you yourself are feeling that way, consider some of the programs Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has to offer:



FUEL ASSISTANCE
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps qualified homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Benefits include help paying for fuel and emergency fuel delivery. You can also qualify for energy-related repairs if you are eligible for HEAP. This year, Maine State Housing Authority, who oversees Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds in Maine, raised the program’s income guidelines, 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.


HOLIDAY FOOD BOXES
WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger works in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, civic groups, town officials, and firemen to distribute 2,000 boxes (36 tons) of food containing meat, fruit, vegetables, grain, and dairy to Waldo County families in need during the holiday season as part of their Holiday Food Box Project.


HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
WCAP facilitates the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, which is a group of area agencies and organizations who act as a clearinghouse for holiday projects throughout Waldo County. This program ensures that resources are shared and unduplicated so that the maximum number of families possible are helped during the holiday season. Families can apply for assistance with gifts for their children during the holiday season through WCAP and the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, starting in mid-September and ending early November each year, with gifts made available mid-December.


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Winter weather can cause a lot of stress, especially for those who may not have very reliable vehicles, vehicles that perform poorly in the snow, and/or jobs that don’t afford them sick time or the flexibility to call out. While WCAP’s public transportation program isn’t accessible in very bad weather, it can be of value to families who find their old vehicle doesn’t want to start anymore in the cold weather, gas and repair costs are piling up, or holiday traffic is creating more stress than they need. WCAP’s general public transportation program is for everyone. You don’t need to meet any qualifications or requirements to use it. There are different public transportation options depending on where you live. Fares range from $1.50 to $8.00 each way. Additionally, WCAP runs the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), which is a shuttle-style bus service available in both Belfast and Rockland that anyone can use. The buses make a continuous loop and bus stops are marked with blue and yellow signs. Passengers may be dropped off and picked up anywhere along the route. Passengers pay a $2.00 one-way fare when boarding the bus. $5.00 day passes are also available, as well as 12-punch cards for $20.00 and monthly passes for $50.00. Reduced fares are available. For more information, call WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program at (207) 338-4769.


VOLUNTEER
Doing something to help someone else can be a great way to lift one’s spirits during the winter months and the holiday season. WCAP offers a few different volunteer opportunities during the holiday season, including volunteering as a driver for the transportation program (year round and not just during the holidays) or volunteering to help pack some of the food boxes that are distributed in November and December. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program, call (207) 338-4769. There are a lot of people in the community looking for help getting to and from their doctor’s appointments or even just getting to the grocery store. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to pack this year’s December round of holiday food boxes, all you need to do is show up at Troy Howard Middle School on Saturday, December 21 at 6am. This is a fun holiday tradition for many and don’t worry about the early start time; warm coffee and hot chocolate is provided!


Posted in Community Projects, Fuel Assistance, Transportation

WCAP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR ANNUAL HEROES 4 HUNGER HOLIDAY FOOD BOX PROJECTS

November 20th, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Waldo Community Action Partners’ Heroes 4 Hunger program has been hard at work planning and fundraising for one of Waldo County’s largest annual collaborative efforts— its Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Box Projects.

Soon, the Troy A. Howard Middle School gymnasium in Belfast will be filled with enough food to feed nearly 1,000 households in Waldo County for Thanksgiving. WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger invites you and your family, friends, and neighbors to join them again this year in bringing a little added cheer to the community this holiday season. It takes over 250 volunteers to help pack and deliver the 36 tons of food that the project brings to the community each year.

The date of the Thanksgiving food box assembly is November 23rd, 2019 at Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast at 6 a.m. The Christmas food box assembly will be December 21th, 2019 at 6 a.m. at the Troy A. Howard Middle School.

The food for this project is supported 100% by the donations of those in the community. The project would not happen without these donations. If you would like to sponsor a family for the holidays, a gift of only $25 will buy a box of food with a turkey and enough fixings to feed a large household. In a store, the equivalent would cost a family almost $40—money that could be put toward fuel or other critical end-of-year needs. All donations are put entirely toward food to fill the boxes.

Donations can be sent to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger Thanksgiving Food Box Project, P.O. Box 130, Belfast, ME 04915 or dropped off to Suite 201 at the Belfast Center in Belfast on 9 Field Street. Donations may also be made online at www.waldocap.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 ext. 119 or asimmons@waldocap.org.

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 338-6809.


Posted in Community Happenings, Community Projects

WCAP to offer school supplies for children in need again this year

July 12th, 2019

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 10, 2019.

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.


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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 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

Volunteers Needed for WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger Holiday Food Box Projects!

November 9th, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Waldo Community Action Partners’ Heroes 4 Hunger program has been hard at work planning and fundraising for one of Waldo County’s largest annual collaborative efforts— its Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Box Projects.

Soon, the Troy A. Howard Middle School gymnasium in Belfast will be filled with enough food to feed nearly 1,000 households in Waldo County for Thanksgiving. WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger invites you and your family, friends, and neighbors to join them again this year in bringing a little added cheer to the community this holiday season. It takes over 250 volunteers to help pack and deliver the 36 tons of food that the project brings to the community each year.

The date of the Thanksgiving food box assembly is November 17th, 2018 at Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast at 6 a.m. The Christmas food box assembly will be December 15th, 2018 at 6 a.m. at the Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast.

The food for this project is supported 100% by the donations of those in the community. The project would not happen without these donations. If you would like to sponsor a family for the holidays, a gift of only $25 will buy a box of food with a turkey and enough fixings to feed a large household. In a store, the equivalent would cost a family almost $40—money that could be put toward fuel or other critical end-of-year needs. All donations are put entirely toward food to fill the boxes.

Donations can be sent to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger Thanksgiving Food Box Project, P.O. Box 130, Belfast, ME 04915 or dropped off to Suite 201 at the Belfast Center in Belfast on 9 Field Street. Donations may also be made online at www.waldocap.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 ext. 119 or asimmons@waldocap.org.


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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

Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. pledges 10 months of donations to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger program

July 7th, 2017

 

Mark House, Vice President of Production at Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. has pledged $100 a month for 10 months to WCAP’s Heroes 4 Hunger program to assist with the program’s mission to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County.

 

Heroes 4 Hunger, a program of Waldo Community Action Partners, aims to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County. The program uses a grassroots approach to deliver its services through strong community partnerships with local businesses, civic groups, municipalities, and families.

 

Each year, Heroes 4 Hunger must raise $65,000 in local donations to distribute 2,000 boxes of food to families in need during the Fall and Winter months. 100% of the funds received go toward food to fill the boxes. All 26 towns in Waldo County are served, including the island of Islesboro. The food, totaling 36 tons in weight, consists of turkey, vegetables, fruit, grain, and dairy sourced wholesale from local grocery stores.

 

The program gets its name “Heroes 4 Hunger” from the community volunteers and municipal emergency responders such as firemen and ambulance workers who come together to help pack and deliver the boxes twice a year. “They’re the real muscle behind our food box project,” says Heroes 4 Hunger program coordinator Tabitha Lowe. “You would never believe how many people are willing to show up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to make it happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s icy, snowing, or below 0 temperatures. They’re fearless and they’re infinitely caring about the community we live in.” Approximately 250-300 people show up to volunteer each year.

 

In the summer months, Heroes 4 Hunger provides nutrition education to parents of preschool children. They are able to take part in gardening, grocery budgeting, and cooking classes free of charge. Additionally, Heroes 4 Hunger runs a food backpack program for at-risk children age 0-5. Children are sent home with nutritional food and simple recipe cards to help their families during the weekend, when children are less likely to be receiving adequate nutrition, such as that which is provided by their Head Start center during the week.

 

Maine Biomass Export, Inc.’s pledge will total $1,000 at the end of the 10 month period and will be enough to purchase 1,568 pounds of food for 40 Waldo County families. To learn more about how you can help, contact WCAP Community Projects Director, Tabitha Lowe, at (207) 338-6809 ext. 115 or e-mail tlowe@waldocap.org.

 

Photo Caption: Aaron Pilotte (left) Vice President of Operations and COO of Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. presents WCAP Executive Director Keith Small (right) with the first of 10 donations set to occur over the next 10 months.


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Prom dress giveaways set for Belfast and Gardiner

April 14th, 2017

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.


The Gardiner giveaway will be on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner.


The Belfast giveaway will be on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renys Plaza in Belfast.


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 Tabitha Lowe 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.


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WCAP

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