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

Reminder, fuel assistance still taking appointments

March 16th, 2017

The recent bout of snow we just experienced is a strong reminder that winter is not quite over yet. WCAP’s fuel assistance program is still taking appointments and will be until the end of April. If you or someone you know is on the fence about whether to apply for fuel assistance this year, consider that receiving fuel assistance opens the door to eligibility for weatherization and other long term cost-saving programs. It’s your house – you should feel good in it!


Call (207) 338-3025 or e-mail info@waldocap.org for more information.


Posted in Fuel Assistance

WCAP fuel assistance still accepting applications, wants residents to be safe this winter

February 18th, 2015

Waldo Community Action Partners’ Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program to help eligible low-income households pay a portion of their home energy or heating bills. Fuel assistance benefits can only be used for fuel delivered to heat your home. LIHEAP will pay directly to your contracted vendor. If you have already been determined eligible since August 15, 2014, you are not eligible to reapply this heating season. If you have been denied LIHEAP benefits this year but your financial situation has changed, you may reapply. If you have not yet applied, it is not too late to do so.
 
WCAP’s fuel assistance program is still accepting applications for the 2014-15 home heating season. The benefit can be used for your primary heating source; LP, pellets, wood, electric, oil, or kerosene. For more information or to schedule and appointment to apply, please call 338-3025 or stop by the WCAP fuel assistance office located in the Belfast Center at 9 Field Street, Suite 203, in Belfast.
 
Please also remember to be safe this home heating season. Below is a list of important safety tips that any household heating their home during the cold Maine winter should know:
 
– Before purchasing a space heater, be sure it has vents and a tip switch. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord. The cord will overheat or melt. Always plug directly into a wall outlet.
 
– Maintain a safe space of 3 feet around all heaters and woodstoves. Keep children away.
 
– Turn all space heaters off when leaving a room, your home, or going to sleep.
 
– Always use the fuel specified by the manufacturer in fuel powered heaters.
 
– Be sure your fireplace/woodstove has a screen to stop sparks from getting out.
 
– Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional yearly.
 
– Never refill a fuel powered heater while it is turned on or still hot. Never refill indoors.
 
– Never use an oven or stovetop to heat your home. Toxic fumes are omitted that can’t be seen by the naked eye and could cause death.
 
– Charcoal bricks and grills (including propane BBQ grills) should never be used indoors.
 
– Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change batteries yearly.


Posted in Fuel Assistance

New York Times interviews WCAP clients and staff

January 26th, 2015

Waldo Community Action Partners had a visitor not too long ago – a reporter from the New York Times. Present for the interview was the agency’s Executive Director, staff, and several clients. The topic of discussion was declining oil prices and its effect on the low-income population.

 

To read the resulting article, published by the New York Times on January 27, 2015, click here.


Posted in Fuel Assistance, WCAP Updates

Fuel Assistance Now Taking Applications

September 1st, 2010

The Fuel Assistance office has started taking applications for the 2011-2011 season. If you need to make an appointment, you can reach them at 338-3025 or toll free at 1-800-498-3025. Please be patient when calling– they receive a very high volume of calls this time of year.


Posted in Fuel Assistance


WCAP

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