Our Programs

Waldo Community Action Partners provides programs and services to support members of our community as they strive to lead meaningful and productive lives.

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Transportation Services

Transportation Services

WCAP provides transportation services to residents of Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties as well as the communities of Brunswick and Harpswell through its MidCoast Public Transportation and MidCoast Connector Maine Care transportation programs. These services provide access for community members to medical services, work, shopping, social events and more.

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Resource Advocacy

WCAP’s Health Insurance Navigator Program aims to help you navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace is a way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Through the Marketplace, you can access quality health plans, make apples-to apples comparisons between different options, and access tax credits that could lower your monthly premiums right away.

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Housing

WCAP offers an array of services that could allow for major improvements to the health, safety, and comfort in your home. Please refer to the information below for an explanation of what programs we offer. These programs are targeted to Waldo County homeowners and/or renters with low incomes.

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Energy

The Energy Services office may be able to provide support services to maintain your independent living. Please refer to the information below for an explanation of what programs we offer. These programs are targeted to low-income Waldo County homeowners and renters.

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Early Childhood

Waldo CAP Early Childhood Program serves children and families in the Waldo County. We work with children ages birth to five years old, as well as pregnant mothers. Services are delivered through a home visiting model, pre-k collaborations with area school districts, and our centers in Belfast and Searsport. All programming is provided at no cost to the recipients, though some programs have income guidelines.

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Community Partnerships

WCAP develops partnerships with other community organizations, involves low-income clients in the agency's operations, and administers a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

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We offer a wide range of high quality of teaching and extra-curricular activities.

Our Promise

Community Action changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America better place to live. We care about the entire communities and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Our Vision

Waldo Community Action Partners was founded in 1965. Waldo Community Action Partners provides leadership and advocacy in the community to collaborate and develop programs and workgroups that address community problems and obstacles that prevent families from thriving. Elimination and alleviation of poverty in the areas of body, mind and spirit is our ultimate goal and service and advocacy are the primary tools.
 
Waldo Community Action Partners provides programs and services to support members of our community as they strive to lead meaningful and productive lives. We have strong commitments to Transportation Services, Housing Repair Services, Family Services such as Head Start/Child Nutrition, Energy Services, and Community Services carried out in partnership with other community groups.

 
We hold the following declarations as guidance for the work we do:

  • Every member of our community desires self-sufficiency and has an innate capacity with appropriate supports
  • Every member of the community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect
  • Every member of the community, regardless of economic status, should have a voice in the way of the state and federal policies and programs are developed and operated.

Waldo Community Action Partners has committed to:

  • Respectful and dignified treatment of clients
  • Responsible governance
  • Exemplary fiscal management
  • Thoughtful and deliberate use of technology
  • Excellence in customer service
  • Community leadership and partnership
  • Effective advocacy for the vulnerable and needy populations
  • Integrity in all actions

Overall, WCAP is dedicated to and strives to provide win-win solutions for clients, staff, volunteers and the entire community with a “no wrong door” policy in order to find viable options so that no person goes unserved.

 

ABOUT

WCAP

 

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”.

 

STRUCTURE

 

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.