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 tlowe@waldocap.org.

 

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 https://waldocap.org/?page_id=2346, e-mail dstreubel@waldocap.org, 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 www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org/donations.


For more information, contact Tabitha Lowe at 338-6809 or visit The Cinderella Project of Maine at www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org 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 info@waldocap.org for more information.


Posted in Fuel Assistance

Morse & Memorial Parent Group meeting postponed

March 13th, 2017

POSTPONED: The Morse & Memorial (M&M) Head Start Parent Group meeting scheduled for March 14 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. has been postponed until a later date. We will keep you posted once it has been rescheduled.


Posted in Head Start

Make the most of your money! Free session rescheduled for February 28

February 15th, 2017

16508390_758275014338299_2139890738107750754_nIt’s tax season! Make sure you’re making the most of your tax return and more importantly, your money, by attending WCAP’s free informational session on “Changing Your Life Through Better Money Management.” The workshop will be held in in WCAP’s conference room (Room 206A) at the Belfast Center in Belfast on February 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be refreshments and door prizes, so don’t miss out!


Posted in Speaker's Bureau

Money management session postponed

February 13th, 2017

POSTPONED: The money management session scheduled for February 14 at 9 a.m. has been postponed until a later date. We will keep you posted once it has been rescheduled.


Posted in Uncategorized

WCAP offices closed February 13 due to weather

February 12th, 2017

Our offices will be closed Monday, February 13 due to the impending inclement weather. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.


Posted in Uncategorized


WCAP

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