Win a chance to become the Cinderella Project of Maine’s first ever Cinderella for a day!

March 23rd, 2012

We’re excited to announce our first annual “Cinderella For A Day” drawing, to be held in conjunction with the 7th annual Cinderella Project Dress Giveaway on April 7, 2012!

This year, the name of a lucky girl from Waldo County will receive the royal treatment on prom day, including:

  • A free prom gown from the Cinderella Project of Maine
  • A hair up-do and makeup application by Makin’ Waves Salon
  • A Caribbean Glow spray tan from ME Hair Studio
  • Gel manicure and brow wax from Lisa Nichols Salon
  • A corsage and boutonniere from Holmes Greenhouse
  • Dinner for two at La Vida in Belfast

All of these local businesses have donated their services to help make one girl’s prom dreams come true!


In order to be eligible for the drawing, girls must receive a dress from the Cinderella Project this year and must attend a high school in Waldo County. Girls will be able to sign up for the raffle at the 2012 Cinderella Project of Maine giveaway on April 7th.


The Cinderella Project is an initiative of Waldo Community Action Partners, and strives to promote positive self-image among Maine high school girls. Gowns will be given away to any girl in need. They are all totally free with one stipulation, that girls must “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.


For more information, visit!

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New benefits portal makes online application possible through DHHS

March 15th, 2012

Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) and several Maine Community Action Agencies, including WCAP, have agreed to work in partnership with Maine DHHS to make their new online benefits portal available to those in need. The benefits portal, known as “My Maine Connection” went live in September of 2011 and has been dubbed “your resource for independence” by DHHS. The portal, which allows individuals to go online to apply for TANF (food supplements/food stamps), health care, cash assistance, and childcare, is a one stop shop for many low-income needs. Those who aren’t able to access My Maine Connection from home, whether it be because they don’t have a computer with internet or don’t know how, are able to come to Waldo Community Action Partners to use our computers and receive help. There will always be a staff member available to those who need assistance. After submitting an application, a DHHS caseworker will call the individual who submitted the application to review their eligibility and follow up with their application. DHHS planned to roll-out its recertification tool to make reapplying simple by January 2012.


To access My Maine Connection, individuals simply type in the web address: to be directed to the start page, which is pictured below. You may notice that there is a prescreen option. The prescreen option allows individuals to see what benefits they qualify for, including WIC and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Make sure to tell your clients about this new program! Anyone requesting help with applying at WCAP can talk to Tabitha or Dallas to schedule an appointment, by calling 338-6809 and asking about My Maine Connection.

Posted in Community Resources

Cinderella Project of Maine Launches New Website!

March 12th, 2012

The Cinderella Project of Maine, an initiative of Waldo Community Action Partners, has just launched a brand new website to kick off their 2012prom dress giveaway season!


The Cinderella Project of Maine developed out of something girls have been doing since they began wearing dresses to formal events. Girls want so much to look and feel beautiful on the one day of their high school prom–but do you know how much it costs? With new dresses, shoes and accessories (not to mention hair and makeup) averaging around $400-$500, this is not something that most girls can afford. So what’s their option– to not go at all?


No, because where there’s a wand–there’s a way.


In 2006, Mandie Sawyer met with two other women in Belfast, Jessica Jones and Martha Bjelland, who were trying to get this project off the ground. They recruited Amy Boucher and started soliciting dresses from everyone they knew. That first year, they had more volunteers than shoppers, but they still gave away 13 dresses. The next year in 2007, Jessica and Martha moved on from the project, so Amy and Mandie worked on recruiting new fairy godmothers to keep the Cinderella Project alive.


By 2009, Waldo Community Action Partners took on the project as one of its initiatives and the project grew to give away over 100 dresses each year to girls all over the state. This year’s giveaway will be held at the old Waltz Pharmacy in Renys Plaza in Belfast April 7, from 9am – 4pm.


To see their new website and to learn how you can help or be involved, visit

Posted in Community Projects

WCAP Releases 2011 Annual Report

March 2nd, 2012

Waldo Community Action Partners has released its 2011 Annual Report, covering the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Copies of the report were sent out in the Thursday, March 1 edition of the Bangor Daily News in a special section. The report is now available on Waldo Community Action Partners’ website. See below for a link to view the report online.

Publications & Reports

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