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

WCAP celebrates selection as Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program beneficiary

August 14th, 2019

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of August. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which launched in April 2014, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. Waldo Community Action Partners was selected as the August beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Hannaford located at 93 Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.
WCAP will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during August. “We were very excited to have been chosen as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Program,” said Donna Kelley, President & CEO at Waldo Community Action Partners. “WCAP and the Belfast Hannaford are both strong committed advocates for our community and our community members. It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to be the recipient of proceeds through the support of Hannaford and our community members which will provide support for the community services we provide.”
For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit
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 Community Happenings, WCAP Updates

You might be eligible for fuel assistance this year

August 9th, 2019

Maine winters are tough but they’re especially tough for those who struggle with home heating costs. According to the Governor’s Energy Office, the estimated yearly cost to heat an average-sized well-insulated Maine home with fuel oil #2 was $3,317 in 2018. In order for a family of 4 to be eligible for fuel assistance in 2018, they would have had to make only $31,375 per year or less. This year, things are heating up for families who may have been just outside the income limitations last year.


Maine State Housing Authority, who oversees Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds in Maine, announced this summer that they will raise the program’s income guidelines this year, 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 on or after September 3.

Posted in Uncategorized

New Employment Opportunities

July 16th, 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
  • Center Facilities Coordinator
  • Director of Development
  • Lead Teacher
  • Long-Term Substitute Lead Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Classroom Aide
  • Site Supervisor
  • Dispatcher
  • Member Intake Representative
  • Driver

    For more information, please select an item below:



    Posted in Uncategorized

    WCAP to offer school supplies for children in need again this year

    July 12th, 2019

    Waldo Community Action Partners wants to make sure your child kicks off the school year ready to learn! School supplies will be available FREE of charge to Waldo County eligible families on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

    Please call (207) 338-6809 to set up an appointment. You will need to bring your child’s MaineCare or WIC folder to the appointment for proof of income.

    Posted in Community Projects

    Changes to Belfast and Rockland DASH schedules

    June 17th, 2019

    Please note the following changes to the Rockland and Belfast Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) bus route schedules, effective Monday, July 8th, 2019:


    We have carefully designed these new routes and schedules using data gathered during the past year of testing the new DASH system. The new routes are based on passenger use, analysis of which stops are being used, feedback from the communities regarding the need for new stops, and fiscal feasibility studies.


    Please see the following new schedules for both the Rockland and Belfast DASH routes. Each route image has a link to our website with both a large version and a PDF version with route maps.


    Updated Rockland DASH schedule (Click here or on the schedule below to open in a new window)



    Updated Belfast DASH schedule (Click here or on the schedule below to open in a new window)



    Belfast & Rockland DASH Schedule change Brief Questions and Answers

    (Schedule change effective July 8th, 2019)

    What will the new days and hours of service be?

    Belfast DASH will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:20 A.M. to 5:16 P.M. (Eight (8) loops per day).


    Rockland DASH will operate Monday through Friday from 7:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (Eight (8) loops per day).


    Will I be able to flex stops as usual?

    Yes, there are no changes to the flex stop availability. Call (207) 338-4769 to learn more or to schedule a flex stop.


    Will the prices and fares change?


    No, the prices and fares will be the same, including the reduced price Chickadee cards.


    Why is the Belfast Dash changing direction?


    The direction change will allow the service to stop at more places with a more efficient and safe route.


    Why is the Rockland DASH direction changing and becoming a loop?


    The new loop route in Rockland will accommodate more stop options and efficiencies. This will allow more people to use the services.


    What are the reasons for changing the DASH routes at this point?


    The new routes, effective July 8th, 2019, are based on passenger use, analysis of which stops are being used, feedback from the communities regarding the need for new stops, and fiscal feasibility analysis.


    How can I get more information about the DASH changes and other services?


    We always appreciate hearing from you:

  • We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at (207) 338-4769
  • Please send us an email any time to
  • You can also find the new schedules on our website at or on our Facebook page at

    Posted in Transportation

    Community Action Month Recap

    May 31st, 2019

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) was incorporated in the spring of 1965, as part of the U.S. Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This Act was created for the purpose of strengthening, supplementing, and coordinating efforts in furtherance of The War on Poverty, which is the unofficial name for a piece of legislation first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In other words, the Federal government was trying to be more strategic about how it spent its funds to alleviate poverty. Since communities across the nation are so diverse in need (especially between urban and rural communities), the concept of Community Action was born, to administer Federal funds to alleviate poverty on a local, grassroots level.

    Each May, the 1000+ Community Action Agencies across the nation come together to celebrate Community Action. Even though all Community Action Agencies look different, depending on the needs of the community they serve, we all have the same overarching goals and values.

    The Promise of Community Action is that “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”

    This past month, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) kicked off Community Action Month by volunteering to be a part of the city’s Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful clean up event. It was a great opportunity to get outside, share some laughs with coworkers, and appreciate the level of pride everyone has for our fantastic mid-coast community. We even made some new friends along the way.

    On May 7th, we took part in National Teacher Appreciation Week in conjunction with Community Action Month by celebrating our Early Childhood Programs many amazing teachers, classroom aides, and staff. If you’ve ever been in one of our Early Childhood Program classrooms, or any classroom at all, you know the special kind of magic teachers bring with them. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and every day, we are filled with gratitude for the good work being done for the children in our community.

    Later in the month, WCAP joined others across the world by celebrating families on the International Day of Families and families and also joined forces with the 9 other Community Action Agencies in Maine to share information on social media about our collective impact as a network. We also shared some of our own impact information, which you can find at the end of this article.

    Throughout the years, thousands of community members, civic organizations, and businesses have opened their doors to our agency. We can’t help but look back and think how much better we are because of them and the enrichment they offer not only to those we serve but also our community as a whole. Thank you, Waldo County, for a very fulfilling 54 years and more to come!

    Posted in Uncategorized, WCAP Updates

    Delayed opening due to weather

    March 4th, 2019

    WCAP offices will delay opening March 4, 2019 due to the weather, in order to better ensure the safety of our clients and our employees. We will be opening for the day at 11:00 a.m.

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Closed due to weather

    February 13th, 2019

    WCAP offices will be closed February 13, 2019 due to the weather, in order to better ensure the safety of our clients and our employees. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on February 14, 2019.

    Posted in Uncategorized

    RESCHEDULED: Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway at Gardiner rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 from 12pm to 4pm

    January 15th, 2019

    DATE CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER: Please note that the Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway scheduled in Gardiner this weekend will be held A DAY EARLIER, Saturday, January 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. due to the expected snow storm.

    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—however, the two locations will offer the giveaways at different times of year.

    The Gardiner giveaway will be earlier this year and will be on Saturday, January 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner. There will not be a giveaway in Gardiner in April. Please note: This event date was originally scheduled for a different day but was changed due to the weather. Saturday, January 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. is the correct date and time.

    The Belfast giveaway will be in April, with the exact date and location to be announced closer to the giveaway date. There will not be a Belfast giveaway in January.

    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 Amanda Simmons 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 Happenings


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