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, e-mail, 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:

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!


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:

P.O Box 130
Belfast, ME 04915.

Posted in WCAP Updates

WCAP Welcomes New Executive Director

September 29th, 2011

Waldo Community Action Partners is pleased to announce that Keith Small will be the agency’s new executive director. Small will be the third executive director in the agency’s 46 year history.

Small has 30 years of experience in community action work. Prior to accepting the position of executive director at WCAP, he was the director of the Down East Business Alliance, a division of the Washington Hancock Community Agency in Ellsworth.

In his early years with WHCA, Small was a fuel assistance intake worker and then a community liaison. In 1985, his primary focus became small business development. The program grew from a single loan program in 1985 to the five loan program that it is now. It was in this program that Small, along with colleagues, piloted the first Incubator Without Walls Business Alliance Program, through which they served more than 400 small-business entrepreneurs in Washington and Hancock Counties.

Though Small grew up in Hancock County, he has spent a lot of time in Waldo County and appreciates the vibrant economic atmosphere of the coastal area, according to a press release from WCAP. Small also has a particular interest in the interior and western part of the county.

“I have an interest in the farming community here in Waldo County,” he said, in the press release. “[Incubator Without Walls] devised some training programs specific to farmers, and also piloted the first statewide Maine Farmers’ Market Convention… so, it really has grown to recognize farmers as small businesses too.”

Small will officially begin his tenure as executive director at the end of September, upon the retirement of the current Executive Director Joyce Scott. When asked about his new role, Small said, “I’m just honored to be selected for this position… with Joyce, there’s certainly huge shoes to fill. She’s become an icon in many respects and she knows the program’s details inside and out. I am up to the challenge and I really look forward to working with the very capable staff here at WCAP to help us all collectively meet that challenge.”

Posted in WCAP Updates


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