WCAP Board of Directors announces triennial Low-Income Sector Election now open, accepting nominations

April 14th, 2020

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) 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 on our Board of Directors. With more than 55 years under our belt, we are dedicated to the many different services we provide to Waldo County and beyond.


Since WCAP services focus primarily on families and individuals with low incomes, as a Community Action Agency (CAA), WCAP makes sure that at least 1/3 of its Board of Directors are democratically selected representatives of low-income individuals and families who reside in the geographic area being served by our organization. Every three years, WCAP holds a new Low-Income Sector Election, inviting any and all individuals who would like to join us in our mission of “Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance” as a voice for individuals and families with low incomes.


WCAP Board of Directors members have a strong voice in agency governance and direction and are able to convey to those they represent the presence and significance of community action in their lives.


If you or someone you know is interested in joining WCAP’s Board of Directors as one of its Low-Income Sector representatives, we encourage you to complete this nomination form. There will be 5 open seats, joining 12 other individuals in our Board’s Public and Private Sectors to govern our organization. The 6th sector seat will go to the Chair of the WCAP Early Childhood Policy Council.


The 5 individuals who complete this nomination form and receive the most votes when the voting period opens will receive a seat on the WCAP Board of Directors for a 3-year term on the Low-Income Sector of our Board of Directors. Voting will be completed by individuals served by WCAP, whose incomes have been verified as low according to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Interested persons should complete the Nomination Form, by clicking the following link: https://waldocap.org/?page_id=4739


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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.


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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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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.


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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!






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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


WCAP

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