WCAP’s Disaster Relief Food Distribution

April 29th, 2020

WCAP will again be distributing Disaster Relief Food at the Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road, Waldo, on Tuesday, May 5th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The distribution will consist mainly of produce and frozen meats. Some dry, shelf-stable products will also be available. This distribution is for all Early Childhood Program families, as well as the general public.

Please follow traffic signs, there will be a one-way traffic pattern around the building. This is a no-contact drive-through food pantry. Please do not exit your vehicle. The requested product will be placed in your trunk or back seat.

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Giving Tuesday Now

April 29th, 2020

GivingTuesdayNow is taking place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. Typically Giving Tuesday occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, during a time when we have so much to be thankful for. But we have much to be grateful for now. Even though the COVID-19 has altered our lives, it has impacted others dramatically, especially the low-income population. Waldo Community Action Partners has responded to community needs from day one of the pandemic. We are hoping you will send in a generous donation today so that WCAP can continue to provide services to Waldo County’s most needy!

To make your donation, simply click here. https://secure.lglforms.com/form_e…/s/aRXsqkadBFy0dtLMOn4Dmw

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Happy Earth Day from WCAP

April 22nd, 2020

“By tapping into some of the learnings, outcomes, and legacy of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is building a cohesive, coordinated, diverse movement, one that goes to the very heart of what EDN and Earth Day are all about — empowering individuals with the information, the tools, the messaging and the communities needed to make an impact and drive change.” -Earth Day Network

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and also marks the 55th anniversary of Community Action across the Nation. While Earth Day Network and Waldo Community Action Partners are two different organizations, our mission statements are very similar. The mission of WCAP is “Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance”.

Today and everyday Waldo Community Action Partners celebrates our people, our communities, and our Earth.

Happy Earth Day from WCAP!

Posted in Community Happenings, Uncategorized

Waldo Community Action Partners to assist in administering statewide Rent Relief Program for people affected by COVID-19

April 16th, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Mills and MaineHousing have entrusted the ten Maine Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to process and deliver a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which will allow renters to apply for a one-time $500 payment to their landlords in order to avoid eviction for the month of that payment, at this point April or May.

With only a little over a week notice to prepare for a new, $5 million dollar program, the CAA leadership was able to commit to running the program without being paid the usual and customary administrative fees. “We want the money to go to people who need it most, as quickly as possible” said Donna Kelley, CEO of Waldo Community Action Partners. “We are here for this exact reason – when the community needs us, we act,” she continued.

MaineHousing is funding the program using $5 million from the Housing Opportunities for Maine (HOME) Fund, after the Governor asked them for a plan to protect Mainers. The Community Action Agencies, who partner with MaineHousing on a number of programs, were asked if they had the ability to turn around the funds to pay landlords very quickly, and they responded by making staffing flexible during this time when many other programs are already working differently, but continue.

The program provides up to $500 for 10,000 Maine individuals and families who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic, and who need help to pay either April or May rent. It does not act as full payment if rent is higher but is a bridge to other programs until they begin; however, landlords who accept the funds agree not to evict the tenants for that month. Households are eligible if they earn up to 100% of the state median income* and are not already in another subsidized program, which have other alternatives for rental payments.

The program is structured to get money to people who need it as quickly as possible through a streamlined application process. Applicants apply online at mainehousing.org/covidrent or they can call Waldo Community Action Partners, Brian Friel at 930-7361 if they don’t have access to the internet or have questions about the program.

Since the order to stay home and to close schools, Waldo CAP has continued many programs in person and virtually. Head Start and Early Head Start families continue to receive nutritious meals daily; heating assistance applications are being processed and fuel is being delivered; transportation programs continue for both medical and non-medical needs. In many cases, front line our staff are busier than ever assuring people in their communities have the support they need.

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, 501(c)(3) 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.

*State Median Income per Month Guidelines:

1 Person Household $3,696
2 Person Household $4,833
3 Person Household $5,971
4 Person Household $7,108
5 Person Household $8,245
6 Person Household $9,382
7 Person Household $9,596
8 Person Household $9,809

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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

Posted in WCAP Updates

WCAP to hold two more disaster relief food distributions

April 13th, 2020

Our next distribution of Disaster Relief Food Boxes will be as follows at the Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road, Belfast:

Tuesday, April 21st:
Only WCAP Early Childhood Program families can attend this distribution
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 22nd :
Anyone from the Waldo County general public is welcome to attend this distribution
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM/until supplies are depleted

Please follow traffic signs, there will be a one-way traffic pattern around the building. This is a no contact drive through food pantry. Please do not exit your vehicle. Boxes will be placed in your trunk or back seat.

If you have any questions, please contact Cherie Merrill at WCAP: 338-6809 ext. 202. Leave a detailed message and your call will be returned.

Posted in Community Projects

Do you need Health Insurance?

April 3rd, 2020

There are special enrollments available that you may qualify for. These include: recently lost coverage, had a move, had a baby, gotten married among some. Don’t delay special enrollment periods are typically 60 days surrounding a qualifying event. Waldo Community Action Partners and other similar agencies are still here to help. Please call 1 (877) 930-7351 to speak to a certified Navigator. We will find options that are available for you.

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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

Posted in Community Happenings, Community Resources, WCAP Updates


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Belfast, Maine 04915
Phone: (207) 338-6809