Waldo Community Action Partners to assist in administering statewide Rent Relief Program for people affected by COVID-19

April 16th, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Mills and MaineHousing have entrusted the ten Maine Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to process and deliver a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which will allow renters to apply for a one-time $500 payment to their landlords in order to avoid eviction for the month of that payment, at this point April or May.

With only a little over a week notice to prepare for a new, $5 million dollar program, the CAA leadership was able to commit to running the program without being paid the usual and customary administrative fees. “We want the money to go to people who need it most, as quickly as possible” said Donna Kelley, CEO of Waldo Community Action Partners. “We are here for this exact reason – when the community needs us, we act,” she continued.

MaineHousing is funding the program using $5 million from the Housing Opportunities for Maine (HOME) Fund, after the Governor asked them for a plan to protect Mainers. The Community Action Agencies, who partner with MaineHousing on a number of programs, were asked if they had the ability to turn around the funds to pay landlords very quickly, and they responded by making staffing flexible during this time when many other programs are already working differently, but continue.

The program provides up to $500 for 10,000 Maine individuals and families who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic, and who need help to pay either April or May rent. It does not act as full payment if rent is higher but is a bridge to other programs until they begin; however, landlords who accept the funds agree not to evict the tenants for that month. Households are eligible if they earn up to 100% of the state median income* and are not already in another subsidized program, which have other alternatives for rental payments.

The program is structured to get money to people who need it as quickly as possible through a streamlined application process. Applicants apply online at mainehousing.org/covidrent or they can call Waldo Community Action Partners, Brian Friel at 930-7361 if they don’t have access to the internet or have questions about the program.

Since the order to stay home and to close schools, Waldo CAP has continued many programs in person and virtually. Head Start and Early Head Start families continue to receive nutritious meals daily; heating assistance applications are being processed and fuel is being delivered; transportation programs continue for both medical and non-medical needs. In many cases, front line our staff are busier than ever assuring people in their communities have the support they need.

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, 501(c)(3) 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.

*State Median Income per Month Guidelines:

1 Person Household $3,696
2 Person Household $4,833
3 Person Household $5,971
4 Person Household $7,108
5 Person Household $8,245
6 Person Household $9,382
7 Person Household $9,596
8 Person Household $9,809

Posted in Housing

WCAP Board of Directors announces triennial Low-Income Sector Election now open, accepting nominations

April 14th, 2020

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) 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 on our Board of Directors. With more than 55 years under our belt, we are dedicated to the many different services we provide to Waldo County and beyond.

Since WCAP services focus primarily on families and individuals with low incomes, as a Community Action Agency (CAA), WCAP makes sure that at least 1/3 of its Board of Directors are democratically selected representatives of low-income individuals and families who reside in the geographic area being served by our organization. Every three years, WCAP holds a new Low-Income Sector Election, inviting any and all individuals who would like to join us in our mission of “Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance” as a voice for individuals and families with low incomes.

WCAP Board of Directors members have a strong voice in agency governance and direction and are able to convey to those they represent the presence and significance of community action in their lives.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining WCAP’s Board of Directors as one of its Low-Income Sector representatives, we encourage you to complete this nomination form. There will be 5 open seats, joining 12 other individuals in our Board’s Public and Private Sectors to govern our organization. The 6th sector seat will go to the Chair of the WCAP Early Childhood Policy Council.

The 5 individuals who complete this nomination form and receive the most votes when the voting period opens will receive a seat on the WCAP Board of Directors for a 3-year term on the Low-Income Sector of our Board of Directors. Voting will be completed by individuals served by WCAP, whose incomes have been verified as low according to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Interested persons should complete the Nomination Form, by clicking the following link: https://waldocap.org/?page_id=4739

Posted in WCAP Updates

WCAP to hold two more disaster relief food distributions

April 13th, 2020

Our next distribution of Disaster Relief Food Boxes will be as follows at the Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road, Belfast:

Tuesday, April 21st:
Only WCAP Early Childhood Program families can attend this distribution
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 22nd :
Anyone from the Waldo County general public is welcome to attend this distribution
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM/until supplies are depleted

Please follow traffic signs, there will be a one-way traffic pattern around the building. This is a no contact drive through food pantry. Please do not exit your vehicle. Boxes will be placed in your trunk or back seat.

If you have any questions, please contact Cherie Merrill at WCAP: 338-6809 ext. 202. Leave a detailed message and your call will be returned.

Posted in Community Projects

Do you need Health Insurance?

April 3rd, 2020

There are special enrollments available that you may qualify for. These include: recently lost coverage, had a move, had a baby, gotten married among some. Don’t delay special enrollment periods are typically 60 days surrounding a qualifying event. Waldo Community Action Partners and other similar agencies are still here to help. Please call 1 (877) 930-7351 to speak to a certified Navigator. We will find options that are available for you.

Posted in Uncategorized

Food pantries in Waldo County offering assistance during COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020

WCAP’s Early Childhood Program’s Nutrition Coordinator has compiled a list of the food pantries/cupboards in Waldo County for those seeking assistance during these unprecedented times. Below you will find each food pantry/cupboard’s address, contact information and hours of operation.

If you have friends or family that do not live in Waldo County and are in need of food, please direct them to this link provided by Good Shepard Food Bank that shows all of the food pantries/cupboards in Maine. https://www.gsfb.org/covid-19-partner-agency-updates/

Waldo County Food Pantries/Cupboards:

Greater Bay Area Ministerial Food Cupboard
23 Mill Lane, Belfast
(207) 834-5815, Jim Kelly
Food Pantry currently suspended. Call number, place order, if a family qualifies, food will be delivered

Little River Church
259 Northport Avenue, Belfast
(207) 338-4843, Deb Edgerly
Emergency food boxes text: 207-636-0206
3rd Thursday of each month 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact. Established a “proxy” pick-up where neighbors/family members can pick up for others. Instituted a drive-through distribution. Clients will stay in their car and they’ll bring pre-boxed food to them.

Beacon of Hope on the Hill
21 Patterson Hill Road, Belfast
(207) 505-5414, Joanne Abbott
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

No Greater Love Food Pantry
34 Field Street, Belfast
(207) 299-2093, Tanya Bormet
Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Drive-through food distribution.

Jackson Food Pantry
260 Village Road, Jackson
(207) 322-9469, Cindy Ludden
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Produce only available 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact and instituted a drive-through distribution.

Liberty Area Food Pantry
100 Main Street, Liberty
(207) 589-4246, Anita Pease
3rd Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Packed boxes, curbside delivery

Northport Food Pantry
489 Atlantic Hwy, Northport
781-801-0331, Patti Wright
3rd Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Pick up by proxy and emergency calls accepted. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.

Crossroads Food Pantry
1106 Augusta Road, Morrill
(207) 342-4044, Raelee Heath
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Emergency boxes as needed. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.

Palermo Food Pantry
22 Veterans Way, Community Center on Turner Ridge Road, Palermo
(207) 993-2225, (207) 441-6447 (after 10:30 on pantry days), June Nerber
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Limit the number of people in the pantry at one time. Require the use of hand sanitizer before entering the pantry. Volunteers use gloves and wear a mask. Announce that people are to keep a distance from others. Will make home deliveries if people are unable to come to the pantry.

Searsport Congregational and Methodist Church Food Cupboard
43 East Main Street, Searsport
(207) 548-6204, Ralph Harvey
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Prepacked boxes, pre-bagged produce, curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.

Volunteer Regional Food Pantry
180 Depot Street, Unity
(207) 948-6232, Richard or Mertice Moore
3rd Saturdays 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Emergency boxes as needed. Pre-packed boxes, pre-bagged produce curbside delivery. Only volunteers allowed in the building.

Neighbor’s Cupboard
40 Park Drive, Winterport
(207) 299-5186
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Assembled boxes of food to speed up the distribution process and minimize contact.
Established a “proxy” pick-up where neighbors/family members can pick up for others. Instituted a drive-through distribution of prepacked boxes, prebagged produce. A volunteer takes people’s names and family sizes from the vehicle, food is put on a table outside of the pantry, clients drive up and load into their vehicle.

Belfast Soup Kitchen
1 Belmont Ave, Reny’s Plaza, Belfast
(207) 338-4345
Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Take out service only – curbside

Unity Soup Kitchen
Community Center, 32 School Street, Unity
Every Thursday 11:00 a.m. until food is gone
Curbside delivery

Monroe Food for All Soup Kitchen
28 West Main Street, Monroe Community Church, Monroe
(207) 223-9951
Thursdays 11:30 a.m.
Currently suspended

Posted in Community Happenings, Community Resources, WCAP Updates

Temporary modifications to Rockland and Belfast DASH bus schedules

March 31st, 2020

(Photo Credit: WABI TV 5)

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) will modify the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) city bus routes and schedules in both Belfast and Rockland temporarily to better serve community members in need during this time.

Beginning on Wednesday April 1 and lasting until April 29th, or further notice, the service will not be traveling a set route and time schedule as usual. Instead, the service will be responding to individuals needing to get to essential services such as shopping in town.

The service will be available for in town trips in Rockland and Belfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All trips will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis according to demand and available resources. To reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission through monetary transaction, this temporary service will be without charge to passengers.

To schedule a pickup or for more information, please call customer service at (207) 338-4769, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Thank you.

Posted in Transportation

WCAP to hold a drive-up Community Food Pantry

March 23rd, 2020

WCAP will be having a Drive-up Community Food Pantry on Wednesday, March 25th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Jabine Head Start Center, 275 High Street. Community members are welcome to drive through and accept a pre-packaged bag of food donated by the Good Shepard Food Bank. We ask that you remain in your vehicle and follow the established traffic pattern. Bags will be brought to you. If you have any questions or need more resources to obtain food, please contact our main office at (207) 338-6809.

Posted in Community Happenings, Community Resources, WCAP Updates

Cinderella Project of Maine 2020 free prom dress giveaways postponed

March 20th, 2020

For more than a decade, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events have put the health and wellbeing of students and their families at the core of the project’s standards. It is that very standard that has led us to respond proactively to the current challenges our state now faces relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Cinderella Project of Maine’s parent organization, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has made the decision to align its preventative efforts regarding gatherings with the Cinderella Project of Maine’s partner, Gardiner Area High School, as well as the Maine CDC. Per the Maine Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to limit large gatherings of 250 people or more, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events scheduled for March 21 in Gardiner and April 4 in Belfast will be postponed until further notice.

For more information, contact Amanda Simmons at (207) 338-6809 or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cinderellaprojectmaine. The Cinderella Project of Maine is a project of Waldo Community Actions Partners, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Belfast, Maine.

Posted in Community Happenings, Community Projects, WCAP Updates

Food resources during COVID-19 emergency

March 17th, 2020

RSU 71
Grab & Go Bagged breakfast & lunch available at door
Monday – Friday 8AM – 12PM
Captain Albert Stevens School, Belfast
East Belfast School, Belfast
Ames Elementary School, Searsmont

Unity School will be open 3/17/2020 & 3/18/2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for families to pick up meals. All other schools will be available for meal pick up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 3/17/2020 & 3/18/2020.

RSU 22
Breakfast & lunch to go meals being served at Leroy Smith school Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Pick up meals at door.

RSU 20
School closure for RSU 20 will begin March 16th and run through March 27th; possibly longer. Students who attend RSU 20 who live in any town are eligible to participate in the KINDNESS program which will provide food throughout the entire closure, no matter how long it may last so that all students have necessary and adequate amounts of food.

If you would like to participate in the program, please call one of the numbers listed below to sign up and either receive a pickup time or set up a delivery time. When calling, please have the following information available:

– Last Name
– Number of children and grade each child is in
– Any food allergies the district needs to be aware of
– Address for delivery (if unable to come pick up)

Contact Dave Walsh at (207) 323-2396 or Jayne Snowdale at (407) 694-8733.

This program is free and any student attending RSU 20 is eligible.

The Game Loft
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches today to any child from noon to 2 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 17. Lunches will include a sandwich and fruit and vegetables.

The Game Loft will be closed from March 16 through March 29 for regular programming but will serve free lunches to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service.

Town of Searsport
The Town of Searsport is participating in a free meals program for all seniors, shut-ins, or quarantined individuals who are unable to lave their homes during the current COVID-19 emergency. Anyone in need of meals can call Dave Walsh at (207) 323-2396 or Jayne Snowdale at (407) 694-8733. All meals are free and will be delivered.

Posted in Community Resources, Uncategorized

COVID-19: WCAP offices closed to the public until March 30, essential services continue

March 16th, 2020

Dear Community Member, 
For 55 years, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has held the firm belief that our community’s best interest should always remain at the core of our organization’s values. It is that very belief that has empowered us to respond proactively to the current challenges our state now faces relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Late last week, Gov. Janet Mills announced that Maine has had its first presumptive case of the coronavirus. Since then, we learned that there has been an increasing number of cases. Given the rapidly changing situation in our nation and our state, and based on the advice of medical and government officials to help contain the spread of the virus, Waldo Community Action Partners is instituting the following measures, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020:  
All WCAP facilities will be closed to the general public for two weeks. 
The welfare of those we serve is our number one priority. We will continue to monitor and assess this situation daily. As conditions shift, we will inform the community of any changes. In the meantime, our facilities are tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on March 30, 2020. 
At this time, to ensure due diligence to those we serve and our staff, WCAP will be canceling meetings and events through March 30, 2020 and recommending phone or video conferencing whenever possible. WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events will be postponed until further notice. 
WCAP will be canceling all meetings and scheduled events and recommending phone or video conferencing as an alternative. As things change, these plans will be reviewed and adjusted. Per the Maine Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to limit large gatherings of 250 people or more, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway events scheduled for March 21 in Gardiner and April 4 in Belfast will be postponed until further notice.
The following WCAP services will continue to provide services via phone or electronic communication at a distance during the two weeks WCAP’s facilities are closed to the public, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
– Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
– Resource Advocacy (case management)
– Energy Savings Program
– Central Heating Improvement Program (CHIP) No Heat Services
– Early Childhood Program
– Navigator 
The following essential program services will continue as identified in individual program plans, with special attention to pre-screening and modifications starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (this may be subject to change at any time):
– Transportation Services
– Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) By Appointment Only
– Home Repair
– Weatherization
WCAP recognizes that these are unsettling times for many and we appreciate your patience as we adjust to these unique, evolving circumstances. Thank you for your understanding and partnership. As always, we appreciate your support and commitment to our organization and the greater community. 
Thank you, 
Donna M. Kelley, LCSW
CEO, Waldo Community Action Partners

Posted in Uncategorized


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