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.
PURPOSE AND MISSION
In order to reduce poverty in its community, a Community Action Agency works to better focus available local, state, private, and federal resources to assist low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities, and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
The mission of WCAP is “Building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance”.
A Community Action Agency has received designation as a Community Action Agency either from the local government under the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, or from the state under the Community Services Block Grant Act of 1981 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. It is recognized as an eligible entity as defined in the CSBG Act, and can receive funding from the state under the Community Services Block Grant. WCAP has a governing board consisting of at least one-third democratically selected representatives of:
- low- income people
- one-third local public officials or their designees
- representatives of business, industry, labor, religious, social welfare, and other private groups
Waldo CAP belongs to a national network of similar agencies, the majority of which received their initial designation, federal recognition and funding under the amended Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
MODE OF OPERATION
A Community Action Agency carries out its mission through a variety of means including:
- community-wide assessments of needs and strengths
- comprehensive anti-poverty plans and strategies
- provision of a broad range of direct services
- mobilization of financial and non-financial resources
- advocacy on behalf of low-income people
A Community Action Agency involves the low-income population it serves in the planning, administering, and evaluating of its programs.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Most poverty-related organizations focus on a specific area of need, such as job training, health care, housing, or economic development. Community Action Agencies reach out to low-income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve low-income clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.