Help during the holidays

December 16th, 2019

While this time of year is one that many look forward to, it is important to remember that for some people, the holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year.

If you know of someone who may be feeling a little stretched thin this winter, or if you yourself are feeling that way, consider some of the programs Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has to offer:

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps qualified homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Benefits include help paying for fuel and emergency fuel delivery. You can also qualify for energy-related repairs if you are eligible for HEAP. This year, Maine State Housing Authority, who oversees Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds in Maine, raised the program’s income guidelines, making it possible for more families to qualify for home heating assistance. The new income guidelines can be found by clicking here. Eligibility is based on 3 or 12 month (whichever you choose) gross income history from all sources in the household. Keep in mind that there are many factors that go in to finding out if you are eligible, including adjustments to your income that are made during the application process. So, apply even if you are over income the limits, as you may find during the application process that you still qualify. Waldo County residents can apply through Waldo Community Action Partners by scheduling an appointment. You can also apply over the phone. Appointments can be made by calling (207) 338-3025.

WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger works in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, civic groups, town officials, and firemen to distribute 2,000 boxes (36 tons) of food containing meat, fruit, vegetables, grain, and dairy to Waldo County families in need during the holiday season as part of their Holiday Food Box Project.

WCAP facilitates the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, which is a group of area agencies and organizations who act as a clearinghouse for holiday projects throughout Waldo County. This program ensures that resources are shared and unduplicated so that the maximum number of families possible are helped during the holiday season. Families can apply for assistance with gifts for their children during the holiday season through WCAP and the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, starting in mid-September and ending early November each year, with gifts made available mid-December.

Winter weather can cause a lot of stress, especially for those who may not have very reliable vehicles, vehicles that perform poorly in the snow, and/or jobs that don’t afford them sick time or the flexibility to call out. While WCAP’s public transportation program isn’t accessible in very bad weather, it can be of value to families who find their old vehicle doesn’t want to start anymore in the cold weather, gas and repair costs are piling up, or holiday traffic is creating more stress than they need. WCAP’s general public transportation program is for everyone. You don’t need to meet any qualifications or requirements to use it. There are different public transportation options depending on where you live. Fares range from $1.50 to $8.00 each way. Additionally, WCAP runs the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), which is a shuttle-style bus service available in both Belfast and Rockland that anyone can use. The buses make a continuous loop and bus stops are marked with blue and yellow signs. Passengers may be dropped off and picked up anywhere along the route. Passengers pay a $2.00 one-way fare when boarding the bus. $5.00 day passes are also available, as well as 12-punch cards for $20.00 and monthly passes for $50.00. Reduced fares are available. For more information, call WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program at (207) 338-4769.

Doing something to help someone else can be a great way to lift one’s spirits during the winter months and the holiday season. WCAP offers a few different volunteer opportunities during the holiday season, including volunteering as a driver for the transportation program (year round and not just during the holidays) or volunteering to help pack some of the food boxes that are distributed in November and December. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program, call (207) 338-4769. There are a lot of people in the community looking for help getting to and from their doctor’s appointments or even just getting to the grocery store. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to pack this year’s December round of holiday food boxes, all you need to do is show up at Troy Howard Middle School on Saturday, December 21 at 6am. This is a fun holiday tradition for many and don’t worry about the early start time; warm coffee and hot chocolate is provided!

Posted in Community Projects, Fuel Assistance, Transportation

Closed due to inclement weather

December 3rd, 2019

Due to inclement weather conditions, all WCAP offices will be closed today to ensure the safety of our staff and our clients. We will reopen for normal business tomorrow, weather permitting. Mid-Coast Public Transportation will be cancelled today with some exceptions. Please note that cancellations do include both Belfast and Rockland DASH.

Posted in Uncategorized


November 20th, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Waldo Community Action Partners’ Heroes 4 Hunger program has been hard at work planning and fundraising for one of Waldo County’s largest annual collaborative efforts— its Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Box Projects.

Soon, the Troy A. Howard Middle School gymnasium in Belfast will be filled with enough food to feed nearly 1,000 households in Waldo County for Thanksgiving. WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger invites you and your family, friends, and neighbors to join them again this year in bringing a little added cheer to the community this holiday season. It takes over 250 volunteers to help pack and deliver the 36 tons of food that the project brings to the community each year.

The date of the Thanksgiving food box assembly is November 23rd, 2019 at Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast at 6 a.m. The Christmas food box assembly will be December 21th, 2019 at 6 a.m. at the Troy A. Howard Middle School.

The food for this project is supported 100% by the donations of those in the community. The project would not happen without these donations. If you would like to sponsor a family for the holidays, a gift of only $25 will buy a box of food with a turkey and enough fixings to feed a large household. In a store, the equivalent would cost a family almost $40—money that could be put toward fuel or other critical end-of-year needs. All donations are put entirely toward food to fill the boxes.

Donations can be sent to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger Thanksgiving Food Box Project, P.O. Box 130, Belfast, ME 04915 or dropped off to Suite 201 at the Belfast Center in Belfast on 9 Field Street. Donations may also be made online at If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 ext. 119 or

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 or call 338-6809.

Posted in Community Happenings, Community Projects

WCAP Mid-Coast Public Transportation DASH bus at Belfast Art Walk this year

September 24th, 2019

Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

The 2020 U.S. Census and you

September 23rd, 2019

On April 1, 2020, the United States will conduct the decennial census to count ALL people who live in our country, regardless of citizenship status. This constitutionally mandated count is foundational to our democracy and shapes the future of our communities by determining representation and legislative district, distribution of federal dollars, and local decisions around the expansion of services and economic development.

An accurate count in 2020 is crucial for the Community Action Network. Agencies rely on census data to determine federal funding allocations, conduct needs assessments and ultimately create programs that meet local needs and lift up the communities and families we serve. Unfortunately, history shows that the Census always misses some percentage of the population in the final count, especially in disadvantaged or marginalized communities including low-income households, young children, people of color, and immigrants. These are the groups most likely to be served by Community Action, and these are the groups with the most to lose.

As a voice for the country’s 1000+ community action agencies, The Community Action Partnership and Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) are committed to ensuring every member of our community is counted. We are proud to serve our community and will work to engage and support Census activities across Waldo County. Community Action is embedded in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country. Our network’s Census effort seeks to maximize these relationships.


Will it make a difference for my community?
Yes! It allows the community to get the funds it needs for its population. When you respond to the Census, you help your community get its fair share of more than $750 billion per year in federal programs like Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, Section 8, and more.

Do I participate if I’m not a permanent citizen?
Yes! The U.S. Constitution says the Census should count every person, whether they are a permanent citizen or not. Federal money and Congressional representation are determined by total population size, not just permanent or legal citizens. States use population to allocate funding for legislative and school districts as well.

Do they come to my home?
They will not come to your home if you complete the form online, by mail, or over the phone. If you do not complete the Census around April 1, 2020, you will receive reminder letters and postcards. If you still do not respond, a Census Bureau employee will come to your home, but will not enter.

Can the information on the Census form be used to deport me?
NO. It is illegal for Census Bureau employees to disclose personal information about individuals. They cannot share information with the FBI, ICE, or any other government or private sector entity. No other government agency has the legal right to access census information. Census employees take confidentiality very seriously, swearing a lifelong oath to protect respondents’ privacy on their first day.

Please consider completing the Census and encourage others to do so too!

Posted in Community Happenings, Uncategorized

New Employment Opportunities

September 17th, 2019






Waldo Community Action Partners 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. With more than 50 years under our belt, we offer both stability and room to grow. Whether you’re fresh out of school and craving experience or a seasoned professional looking for a place to make your mark, we have jobs from entry-level to executive that make a difference.


Current job openings include:

  • LIHEAP Client Services Intake Specialist
  • Education Technician
  • Assistant Teacher (Two positions: Belfast and Searsport)
  • Lead Teacher (Two positions: Winterport and Unity)
  • Classroom Aide
  • Driver
  • Substitute Driver

    For more information, please select an item below:



    Posted in Uncategorized

    WCAP Early Childhood takes a trip to the Belfast Farmers Market

    September 11th, 2019

    For the past four summers, WCAP’s Early Childhood programs have been collaborating with Midcoast Maine Community Action’s Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) program to bring families to the farmers’ market. From July to October, WIC provides eligible pregnant women and children from 9 months to 5 years Farmers’ Market benefits, in addition to the monthly foods they already receive as a benefit of WIC. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a part of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services with a focus to increase the use of fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits and vegetables by WIC participants. Families who qualify for Head Start also qualify for WIC benefits. The Jabine Head Start center in Belfast is less than a mile from the Belfast Farmers’ Market, which happens every

    For a trip to the market, WIC meets families at the Head Start center, issues farmers’ checks and then leads the group to the market. After a stop at the information booth and a discussion around cashing benefits, families are then encouraged to explore the market and use their checks. These Farmers’ Market benefits are $20 per person eligible. During our August trip, 11 children and 8 adults, including 3 staff took the trip to the market. WIC Farmers’ Market benefits valued at $180 were issued. This partnership allows families to access locally grown fruits and vegetables, ask questions and learn about seasonality, recipes, and how vegetables are grown. It is an opportunity for them to learn about programs like Maine Harvest Bucks, which allows them to double their SNAP/Food Stamps when shopping at the market, making eating local more affordable.

    Posted in Head Start

    WCAP Early Childhood Program announces new partnership with RSU 71

    August 23rd, 2019

    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) Early Childhood Program will partner with RSU 71 for the upcoming school year to provide multiple pre-k classrooms in Waldo County.

    Following the recent closure of a local nonprofit, WCAP and RSU 71 entered into partnership agreement to preserve early childhood education services in the community. There will be four classrooms; two located at East Belfast Elementary School and two located at Gladys Weymouth Elementary School in Morrill. The classrooms will blend public school and Head Start services to ensure an efficient delivery of programming for all families.

    In addition to public pre-k services through collaborations with RSU 3, RSU 20, and RSU 22, WCAP’s Early Childhood Program has been providing Head Start and Early Head Start services in Waldo County since 1965. Head Start promotes the school readiness of children under 5 through education, health, social and other services. WCAP is actively accepting applications for both public pre-k and Head Start classrooms throughout Waldo County at this time.

    Families who are interested in enrolling their child in pre-k or Head Start should reach out to WCAP at 338-3827 or they can complete the first application step on WCAP’s website at

    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 or call (207) 338-6809.

    Posted in Head Start, Uncategorized

    WCAP receives funds for kidney dialysis patients

    August 17th, 2019

    WCAP was lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of the Belfast Maine Rotary Club’s Belfast Harborfest Evening by the Bay event on August 16, 2019. The event was held to raise funds for our organization. Members of our Board of Directors and staff came together to volunteer. We served up some amazing dishes from local restaurants and made so many new friends, including Miss Maine! Thousands of dollars were raised at the live auction for kidney dialysis patients we transport to treatment through our transportation program, Mid-Coast Public Transportation. We cannot say thank you enough to the Belfast Rotary and to the many community members who came out to bid, mingle, and enjoy the live music.

    Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

    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 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


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