Happy Earth Day from WCAP

April 22nd, 2020




“By tapping into some of the learnings, outcomes, and legacy of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is building a cohesive, coordinated, diverse movement, one that goes to the very heart of what EDN and Earth Day are all about — empowering individuals with the information, the tools, the messaging and the communities needed to make an impact and drive change.” -Earth Day Network


2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and also marks the 55th anniversary of Community Action across the Nation. While Earth Day Network and Waldo Community Action Partners are two different organizations, our mission statements are very similar. The mission of WCAP is “Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance”.


Today and everyday Waldo Community Action Partners celebrates our people, our communities, and our Earth.


Happy Earth Day from WCAP!


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Food pantries in Waldo County offering assistance during COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020

WCAP’s Early Childhood Program’s Nutrition Coordinator has compiled a list of the food pantries/cupboards in Waldo County for those seeking assistance during these unprecedented times. Below you will find each food pantry/cupboard’s address, contact information and hours of operation.


If you have friends or family that do not live in Waldo County and are in need of food, please direct them to this link provided by Good Shepard Food Bank that shows all of the food pantries/cupboards in Maine. https://www.gsfb.org/covid-19-partner-agency-updates/




Waldo County Food Pantries/Cupboards:


Greater Bay Area Ministerial Food Cupboard
23 Mill Lane, Belfast
(207) 834-5815, Jim Kelly
Food Pantry currently suspended. Call number, place order, if a family qualifies, food will be delivered


Little River Church
259 Northport Avenue, Belfast
(207) 338-4843, Deb Edgerly
Emergency food boxes text: 207-636-0206
3rd Thursday of each month 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact. Established a “proxy” pick-up where neighbors/family members can pick up for others. Instituted a drive-through distribution. Clients will stay in their car and they’ll bring pre-boxed food to them.


Beacon of Hope on the Hill
21 Patterson Hill Road, Belfast
(207) 505-5414, Joanne Abbott
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


No Greater Love Food Pantry
34 Field Street, Belfast
(207) 299-2093, Tanya Bormet
Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Drive-through food distribution.


Jackson Food Pantry
260 Village Road, Jackson
(207) 322-9469, Cindy Ludden
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Produce only available 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact and instituted a drive-through distribution.


Liberty Area Food Pantry
100 Main Street, Liberty
(207) 589-4246, Anita Pease
3rd Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Packed boxes, curbside delivery


Northport Food Pantry
489 Atlantic Hwy, Northport
781-801-0331, Patti Wright
3rd Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Pick up by proxy and emergency calls accepted. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.


Crossroads Food Pantry
1106 Augusta Road, Morrill
(207) 342-4044, Raelee Heath
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Emergency boxes as needed. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.


Palermo Food Pantry
22 Veterans Way, Community Center on Turner Ridge Road, Palermo
(207) 993-2225, (207) 441-6447 (after 10:30 on pantry days), June Nerber
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Limit the number of people in the pantry at one time. Require the use of hand sanitizer before entering the pantry. Volunteers use gloves and wear a mask. Announce that people are to keep a distance from others. Will make home deliveries if people are unable to come to the pantry.


Searsport Congregational and Methodist Church Food Cupboard
43 East Main Street, Searsport
(207) 548-6204, Ralph Harvey
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Prepacked boxes, pre-bagged produce, curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.


Volunteer Regional Food Pantry
180 Depot Street, Unity
(207) 948-6232, Richard or Mertice Moore
3rd Saturdays 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Emergency boxes as needed. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.


Neighbor’s Cupboard
40 Park Drive, Winterport
(207) 299-5186
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact.
Established a “proxy” pick-up where neighbors/family members can pick up for others. Instituted a drive-through distribution of prepacked boxes, prebagged produce. A volunteer takes people’s names and family sizes from the vehicle, food is put on a table outside of the pantry, clients drive up and load into their vehicle.


Belfast Soup Kitchen
1 Belmont Ave, Reny’s Plaza, Belfast
(207) 338-4345
Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Take out service only – curbside


Unity Soup Kitchen
Community Center, 32 School Street, Unity
Every Thursday 11:00 a.m. until food is gone
Curbside delivery


Monroe Food for All Soup Kitchen
28 West Main Street, Monroe Community Church, Monroe
(207) 223-9951
Thursdays 11:30 a.m.
Currently suspended


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WCAP to hold a drive-up Community Food Pantry

March 23rd, 2020

WCAP will be having a Drive-up Community Food Pantry on Wednesday, March 25th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Jabine Head Start Center, 275 High Street. Community members are welcome to drive through and accept a pre-packaged bag of food donated by the Good Shepard Food Bank. We ask that you remain in your vehicle and follow the established traffic pattern. Bags will be brought to you. If you have any questions or need more resources to obtain food, please contact our main office at (207) 338-6809.


Posted in Community Happenings, Community Resources, WCAP Updates

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.


Posted in Community Happenings, Community Projects, WCAP Updates

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.


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WCAP Mid-Coast Public Transportation DASH bus at Belfast Art Walk this year

September 24th, 2019


Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

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!


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WCAP receives funds for kidney dialysis patients

August 17th, 2019


WCAP was lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of the Belfast Maine Rotary Club’s Belfast Harborfest Evening by the Bay event on August 16, 2019. The event was held to raise funds for our organization. Members of our Board of Directors and staff came together to volunteer. We served up some amazing dishes from local restaurants and made so many new friends, including Miss Maine! Thousands of dollars were raised at the live auction for kidney dialysis patients we transport to treatment through our transportation program, Mid-Coast Public Transportation. We cannot say thank you enough to the Belfast Rotary and to the many community members who came out to bid, mingle, and enjoy the live music.



Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

Support WCAP at Belfast Harborfest Evening by the Bay this Friday

August 14th, 2019

Like this painting? It’s called “EZDUZ IT” and it’s an original acrylic painting by Susan Tobey White. It will be up for auction at the Belfast Maine Rotary Club’s Belfast Harborfest Evening By the Bay event. All proceeds from the live and silent auctions will benefit our organization and we will be there at the event helping with the auction, serving some of the delicious local foods and beverages, and listening to live music. Come see us there! Gates open Friday, August 16, at 5:30pm on the green by the Belfast Boathouse.

The event will take place under the tent at Steamboat Landing, Becca Dean Biggs will headline Harbor Fest’s Evening by the Bay. Biggs is a singer/songwriter who pours raw emotion and shares life experience in her work. The music ranges from painful honesty to dark and playful storytelling. The sound is energetic and a blend of twangy, indie, alt rock and pop. Along with singing, she plays electric banjo and will be accompanied by Dan Miller (Leaky Boot Jug Band) and Jake Greenlaw (Toughcats).
 
The Evening by the Bay is a party with a purpose: to raise funds for WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation program, specifically for those seeking transportation through the program for kidney dialysis.
 
Many people access WCAP for public transportation for transportation to work, local businesses, and more. Many patients use it to access medical appointments and treatment. For kidney dialysis patients, treatment consists of being at the dialysis clinic three times per week for approximately four to five hours each time. These patients are not able to drive themselves to treatment as the treatment is exhausting. Some of these patients cannot pay the additional cost associated with transportation to treatment. The Evening by the Bay proceeds from the auction will provide funds to support dialysis patients who might otherwise be unable to afford transportation.
 
Tickets to the Evening by the Bay are $25 per person or $45 per couple. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Steamboat Landing under the tent. For tickets and more information, please visit belfastharborfest.com. You can purchase tickets at that website using PayPal, a debit card ,or a credit card. Tickets can also be purchased at these downtown Belfast businesses with cash or with a check made out to the Belfast Rotary Club:
Quench: 33 Main Street
The Meadow of Belfast: 48 Main Street
Left Bank Books: 109 Church Street


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WCAP

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