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


Posted in Community Happenings, WCAP Updates

WCAP celebrates selection as Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program beneficiary

August 14th, 2019

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of August. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which launched in April 2014, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. Waldo Community Action Partners was selected as the August beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Hannaford located at 93 Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.
 
WCAP will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during August. “We were very excited to have been chosen as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Program,” said Donna Kelley, President & CEO at Waldo Community Action Partners. “WCAP and the Belfast Hannaford are both strong committed advocates for our community and our community members. It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to be the recipient of proceeds through the support of Hannaford and our community members which will provide support for the community services we provide.”
 
For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com
 
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 Community Happenings, WCAP Updates

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

WCAP launches new First-Time Homebuyers and Financial Education programs

July 5th, 2017

Prospective homebuyers whose lender or mortgage assistance program requires them to attend a HUD approved homebuyer education class no longer need to travel outside Waldo County to fulfill requirements. First Time Homebuyer classes are now available right here in Belfast, through Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP).


After completing a year-long certification process, WCAP is an officially certified HUD Housing Counseling Agency and hoMEworks Certified Agency now offering First Time Homebuyers courses once a month. Additionally, the agency’s full-time certified housing and financial counselor, Bjorn Streubel, is able to assist with a wide variety of topics. Bjorn holds certifications from HoMEworks Network of Maine and NeighborWorks Training Institute for housing counseling and foreclosure counseling.


Streubel works one on one with clients who need to deal with mortgage foreclosure, foreclosure mitigation or diversion, and property tax foreclosure mitigation. Individual assistance is also offered to create household budgets, repair or build credit, and preparations to buy a home. “Those are the names of the things we do but the biggest thing we do is share knowledge and remove the fears of the unknown,” Streubel stated.


All Waldo County residents are eligible to take advantage of these free or near free services. For more information or to make an appointment contact Bjorn at 338-6809 ext. 515.


Upcoming First-Time Homebuyers classes include:


– August 5 & 6
– September 9 & 10
– October 14 & 15
– November 4 & 5
– December 2 & 3


All classes are held from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the WCAP Conference Room (Suite 206) at 9 Field Street in Belfast. To register, visit the Financial Education webpage of WCAP’s website at https://waldocap.org/?page_id=2346, e-mail dstreubel@waldocap.org, or call (207) 338-6809, ext. 515.


Posted in Housing, WCAP Updates

WCAP closes out 2016 with new mission statement

December 9th, 2016

“Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance”

That will be the focus for WCAP and its staff as it heads into 2017, following a 5-year strategic planning process that spanned from late spring to early fall. The WCAP Board of Directors voted unanimously at their December 8, 2016 meeting to adopt the above mission statement, replacing the agency’s prior mission statement, “To create opportunities for people to improve their quality of life.”


Posted in WCAP Updates

This week in 1969

March 3rd, 2015

Waldo Community Action Partners, originally known as Waldo County Committee for Social Action, has been around since 1965 and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
 
As part of that 50th anniversary celebration, WCAP has been revisiting much of its history with clients, volunteers, and partners. The agency was grateful to the Republican Journal this morning, when a small bit of its history surfaced in an installment of the newspaper’s Journal Files online.
 
The paragraph under February 27, 1969 read, “The first senior citizens center in Waldo County was opened in Belfast Monday under the co-sponsorship of the Waldo County Committee for Social Action and the Marine Corps League. Despite a blinding snowstorm, more than a dozen senior citizens over 55 years of age from Belfast and surrounding communities were on hand for the opening and were greeted by Belfast Mayor Asa O. Holmes.”
 
To read the full article and see what other news was reported this week in history, follow this link on the Republican Journal’s VillageSoup website:
 
http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/first-casting-of-piano-plate-in-maine-saw-mill-running-day-and-night/1308095?cid=789626


Posted in WCAP Updates

WCAP will be closed Tuesday, January 27 due to the weather

January 26th, 2015

WCAP will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to the pending inclement weather. Client appointments will be rescheduled if they have not been already. Please stay in and be safe!


Posted in WCAP Updates

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

WCAP Is Now On Facebook!

June 6th, 2013

Waldo Community Action Partners is so excited to announce that we have a Facebook page. Connect with us there for news, pictures, and information that we find relevant about our community and the work we all do together to make it a better place!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:

Click the icon above to visit to our Facebook page!


Posted in WCAP Updates

WCAP Meets Matching Gift Challenge

January 18th, 2013

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP), the largest provider of low-cost and free transportation and early childhood education in coastal Waldo County, raised more than $6,000 in the last month, successfully meeting the challenge from generous donors who offered to match the gifts dollar for dollar, according to WCAP executive director Keith Small.


“With reduced federal and state support, these private gifts become even more important,” Small said this week. “They give us the flexibility to provide services to low-income families when and where they are most needed.”


Nearly a dozen donors provided the impetus for the winter fund raising challenge, with gifts of $100 to $1,000. Nearly three dozen local businesses and individuals contributed to WCAP to meet the match. “Everyone at WCAP, Board members and staff, volunteers and clients, is very grateful to the generous contributors who made this campaign a success,” said Small. “People seem to appreciate that a matching challenge doubles the impact of their gift and helps more people in Waldo County. We may even be able to extend the challenge throughout the winter.”


WCAP is a multi-service agency that has provided Waldo County’s people with Head Start early childhood education and nutrition, transportation, housing and fuel assistance, and other important community programs since 1965. Last year it provided services to nearly 8,000 people, more than one out of every five county residents. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to:


WCAP
P.O Box 130
Belfast, ME 04915.


Posted in WCAP Updates


WCAP

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