Closed 02/07/20 due to inclement weather

February 7th, 2020

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

WCAP hires new Resource Developer

February 6th, 2020

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) is pleased to announce that Dorothy Havey has joined the organization as our new Resource Developer. This is part of a long-range plan to grow and strengthen the organization, which will be celebrating its 55th anniversary later this year.


The Resource Developer’s responsibilities will include planning, implementing, and evaluating development, communications, and public relations opportunities for the organization. WCAP looks to build on current community and organizational strengths with the addition of this position, in order to cultivate the amount of resources available to mid-coast area individuals and families with barriers to economic success.


Dorothy has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with extensive knowledge in finance, fundraising, community development, promotion and constituent services. She has served the local community as past director of Our Town Belfast, the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, and was the Director of Constituent Services in Waldo County for Senate President Mike Thibodeau. Dorothy has also worked for other mid-coast nonprofits such as the Farnsworth Art Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Penobscot Marine Museum.


When asked to reflect on past successes in organizational development, Havey recalls her enjoyment having participated in the creation of the Wyeth Center during her time at the Farnsworth Museum. Dorothy continued her passion for building expansion by joining the Facility Development Department at MBNA where she worked for five years. Most recently, Dorothy was employed by the State of Maine Department of Administration and Financial Services where she managed grants for the Department of Labor.


“Our organization is delighted to welcome Dorothy to our team. She brings an extensive background in fundraising, community development, and constituent services which will assist us in meeting our organizational and community goals. She has an energy and enthusiasm for our mission and a demonstrated commitment and dedication to the community we serve which truly lends itself well to the work she will be doing for us,” says Donna Kelley, WCAP’s President & CEO.


Dorothy and her husband, Dave McCurdy, enjoy spending time at their home on Coleman Pond. She is an avid gardener, knitter, and reader as well as kayaker and fisherman. Dorothy currently serves on the Lincolnville Planning Board and Broadband Committee and is member and past president of the Belfast Rotary Club. She is delighted to be working in the Waldo County area again, serving the area she has proudly called home for many years.


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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:



FUEL ASSISTANCE
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.


HOLIDAY FOOD BOXES
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.


HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
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.


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
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.


VOLUNTEER
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

WCAP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR ANNUAL HEROES 4 HUNGER HOLIDAY FOOD BOX PROJECTS

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 www.waldocap.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809 ext. 119 or asimmons@waldocap.org.

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 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




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

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