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




BACKGROUND
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.


CENSUS COUNTS 2020 AND COMMUNITY ACTION COUNTS
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.


2020 CENSUS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


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

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

JOIN OUR TEAM.

 

 

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:

    OPENINGS BENEFITS APPLY

     


    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 https://waldocap.org/?page_id=27.


    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 www.waldocap.org 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 belfastharborfest.com. 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 hannaford.bags4mycause.com
     
    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 www.waldocap.org 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

     

    MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    JOIN OUR TEAM.

     

     

    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:

    OPENINGS BENEFITS APPLY

     


    Posted in Uncategorized


    WCAP

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