MCPT offers temporary route for Concord Coach customers affected by the Belfast stop construction

November 30th, 2017

Due to construction, the Belfast CONCORD COACH stop will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
In the meantime, Concord is asking passengers to use the Searsport location for pick- ups and drop-offs.
SEARSPORT LOCATION: Steamboat Gallery, 161 East Main St., Route 1, Searsport, ME
While the construction takes place MID-COAST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION will have weekday service available to get passengers from Belfast to Searsport and from Searsport to Belfast.
Departing Belfast: Monday – Friday at 7:20 AM & 4:40 PM
Departing Searsport: Monday – Friday at 7:45 AM & 5:10 PM
$2.00 each way
Please call Mid-Coast Public Transportation with any questions:
Toll Free: 800-439-7865
Mid-Coast Public Transportation 139 Searsport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915
Mid-Coast Public Transportation is a Program of Waldo Community Action Partners

Posted in Transportation

First meeting of work group to advance and improve public transportation in Waldo County is Dec. 1, all are welcome

November 9th, 2017


Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in Waldo County and the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.
Please join us for the first public meeting of the Waldo County Civic Transportation Advisory Work Group (W-TAWG). The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Waldo County who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.
During this meeting, we will among other items:

  • Provide a brief overview of Mid-Coast Public Transportation (MCPT).
  • Provide an overview of the direction MCPT is taking.
  • Define the structure of W-TAWG and its role.
  • Define work groups.

  • The meeting will take place on Friday, December 1st from 9am-11am at the Wentworth Event Center, 139 Searsport Avenue, Belfast.
    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know by Monday, November 27th.

  • Sign language interpreter
  • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
  • Large print documents
  • Transportation
  • Other: please specify
  • If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:
    Tel: (207) 930-7380


    Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

    Employment Workshop This Thursday

    October 23rd, 2017

    Are you searching for a job? Need to get motivated to make this happen?

    WCAP Early Childhood Program is hosting an employment workshop presented by Goodwill Workforce Solutions’ Sheila Muldoon!

    This 3 hour workshop will show you ways to:

    – Spruce up your resume
    – Update your interviewing skills
    – Connect you with hiring employers in the area & to earn a good living wage

    When: Thursday, October 26th 9am-12pm

    Where: 9 Field Street, WCAP Conference Room

    A light breakfast and luncheon will be provided before our Program’s Advisory Committee meeting, We would love to have you stay for lunch and attend from 1-2:30pm.

    We will be raffling off a door prize!

    Posted in Community Happenings, Community Resources

    Tell us what Waldo County needs and win!

    September 5th, 2017

    Get entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to Hannaford just for telling us what you think Waldo County needs! As part of our Community Needs Assessment, we’re conducting a survey to hear from you on what you think. Take 10-15 minutes to fill it out online and you’ll be given a chance at the end to enter your name into a raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards. Follow the link below to take the survey! As a bonus, if you have a Facebook page, we’ll be adding the names of anyone who likes, comments, and/or shares our Facebook post into a separate drawing for a $25 gift card because it’s very important to us to make sure this survey reaches as many people who live and/or work in Waldo County as possible. You’ll get one entry for every like, comment, or share you make on this post (three entries for doing all three, two entries for doing two, etc.) Don’t forget to fill out the survey too and you’ll also be entered to win a $50 gift card!

    This survey and the Community Needs Assessment it is a part of gets distributed across the county and plays a very important role in shaping the types of programs not just WCAP but other local service organizations offer. Let’s see how many people who live and/or work in Waldo County that we can reach!

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. pledges 10 months of donations to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger program

    July 7th, 2017


    Mark House, Vice President of Production at Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. has pledged $100 a month for 10 months to WCAP’s Heroes 4 Hunger program to assist with the program’s mission to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County.


    Heroes 4 Hunger, a program of Waldo Community Action Partners, aims to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County. The program uses a grassroots approach to deliver its services through strong community partnerships with local businesses, civic groups, municipalities, and families.


    Each year, Heroes 4 Hunger must raise $65,000 in local donations to distribute 2,000 boxes of food to families in need during the Fall and Winter months. 100% of the funds received go toward food to fill the boxes. All 26 towns in Waldo County are served, including the island of Islesboro. The food, totaling 36 tons in weight, consists of turkey, vegetables, fruit, grain, and dairy sourced wholesale from local grocery stores.


    The program gets its name “Heroes 4 Hunger” from the community volunteers and municipal emergency responders such as firemen and ambulance workers who come together to help pack and deliver the boxes twice a year. “They’re the real muscle behind our food box project,” says Heroes 4 Hunger program coordinator Tabitha Lowe. “You would never believe how many people are willing to show up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to make it happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s icy, snowing, or below 0 temperatures. They’re fearless and they’re infinitely caring about the community we live in.” Approximately 250-300 people show up to volunteer each year.


    In the summer months, Heroes 4 Hunger provides nutrition education to parents of preschool children. They are able to take part in gardening, grocery budgeting, and cooking classes free of charge. Additionally, Heroes 4 Hunger runs a food backpack program for at-risk children age 0-5. Children are sent home with nutritional food and simple recipe cards to help their families during the weekend, when children are less likely to be receiving adequate nutrition, such as that which is provided by their Head Start center during the week.


    Maine Biomass Export, Inc.’s pledge will total $1,000 at the end of the 10 month period and will be enough to purchase 1,568 pounds of food for 40 Waldo County families. To learn more about how you can help, contact WCAP Community Projects Director, Tabitha Lowe, at (207) 338-6809 ext. 115 or e-mail


    Photo Caption: Aaron Pilotte (left) Vice President of Operations and COO of Maine Biomass Exports, Inc. presents WCAP Executive Director Keith Small (right) with the first of 10 donations set to occur over the next 10 months.

    Posted in Community Projects

    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

    Boy Scout donates 5 refurbished laptops to WCAP for families in need

    June 18th, 2017


    Ben Dargon, a student at Waldo County Technical Center (WCTC), decided to combine his love for technology with his desire to do good for the community, by developing an avenue for laptops refurbished by WCTC Computer Careers students to be made available for free to Waldo County families and individuals who aren’t able to afford a computer.


    Dargon decided to approach Waldo Community Action Partners about his idea as part of his Eagle Scout project. He and some of his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop #34 dropped off five refurbished Macbook laptops as part of the project. His hope is that WCAP and Waldo County Tech Center will be able to carry on the partnership that he generated in order to continue connecting Waldo County households with low incomes with refurbished laptops in the future.


    Laptops will be distributed through WCAP’s Case Management program to individuals in the community with barriers to technology preventing them from excelling in school or obtaining a job.

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Get hired! Free employment workshop May 2

    May 1st, 2017

    Job Training FlyerSummer is almost here and that means jobs! Make sure you’ve got all the tools you need in your belt, by attending WCAP’s free informational session on resume writing, interview techniques, and more. The workshop will be held in in WCAP’s conference room (Room 206A) at the Belfast Center in Belfast on May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be refreshments and door prizes, so don’t miss out!

    Posted in Community Happenings, Speaker's Bureau

    Prom dress giveaways set for Belfast and Gardiner

    April 14th, 2017

    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 on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner.

    The Belfast giveaway will be on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renys Plaza in Belfast.

    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

    For more information, contact Tabitha Lowe at 338-6809 or visit The Cinderella Project of Maine at 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.

    Posted in Community Projects

    Reminder, fuel assistance still taking appointments

    March 16th, 2017

    The recent bout of snow we just experienced is a strong reminder that winter is not quite over yet. WCAP’s fuel assistance program is still taking appointments and will be until the end of April. If you or someone you know is on the fence about whether to apply for fuel assistance this year, consider that receiving fuel assistance opens the door to eligibility for weatherization and other long term cost-saving programs. It’s your house – you should feel good in it!

    Call (207) 338-3025 or e-mail for more information.

    Posted in Fuel Assistance


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