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1106, 2024

You are invited to participate in the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment

June 11th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Maine Shared CHNA) invites you to participate in their statewide community survey to learn more about the health and well-being of people living in Maine. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once you complete the survey you can enter a ra?e to receive one of 10, $100 gift cards. You can take the survey via this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MeSCHNA or through the [...]

2702, 2024

Weekly Transportation From Belfast To Bangor Is Now Available

February 27th, 2024|Categories: Transportation, WCAP Updates|

MidCoast Public Transportation has returned to providing round trip weekly transportation services on Wednesdays from Belfast to Bangor. Fare is $3.00 one- way, payment is required upon boarding. 12 Punch passes are available for $30.00 price includes two free one-way trips. Please call MidCoast Public Transportation with any questions or to schedule your trip to Bangor, 2 days business notice is required.

901, 2024

The Homeowner Assistance Fund Program is Winding Down

January 9th, 2024|Categories: Housing, WCAP Updates|

Maine Housing has announced that the HAF program has entered its final phase. We will stop accepting new HAF applications for processing on January 10th at 5:00PM. If you were planning to apply for HAF, please be sure to have your application SIGNED before 5:00 PM on January 10, 2024. Please call us at 338-6809 and ask for the WCAP Housing Department if you need help signing and submitting your [...]

1511, 2023

MidCoast Public Transportation fare change effective December 4th, 2023

November 15th, 2023|Categories: Transportation, WCAP Updates|

Effective December 4th, 2023, MidCoast Public Transportation will require payment before boarding, using exact fare by cash or check, for all public transportation services. If you have any questions about current services available or want to inquire about purchasing Bus Passes or 12 Punch Card as a form of payment, please call MidCoast Public Transportation at 1(855) 930-7900.

1411, 2023

Heroes 4 Hunger 2023 – How You Can Help Provide Holiday Meals for Waldo County Residents

November 14th, 2023|Categories: Community Projects, WCAP Updates|

          Dear Valued Community Member, When Kelsey fled from a bad situation with her baby, she came back to the familiarity of Belfast where she grew up. She was destitute, living in her car, and sleeping in parking lots with a knife in her hand for protection – if she could sleep at all. Kelsey felt hopeless, scared, and a lot of the time, hungry. The [...]

3110, 2023

Healthcare Navigator – Open Enrollment begins November 1st

October 31st, 2023|Categories: Community Resources, WCAP Updates|

WCAP is once again offering Healthcare Navigation assistance for individuals looking for health insurance through Maine's open marketplace. Open enrollment begins on November 1. CoverME.gov is Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace and the only place to get the financial assistance to make insurance and care more affordable. Free local help is available! For navigation assistance, please reach our the WCAP’s Resource Advocates who can assist you at 207-338-6809. To learn more [...]

1210, 2023

Maine Aging Study being conducted by the University of Southern Maine

October 12th, 2023|Categories: Community Happenings|

Support our friends in the community by taking this survey on aging: Maine wants to improve community services that support older adults and their family caregivers. If you are an adult who is 55 years or older or a family caregiver of an older adult, Maine’s Office of Aging and Disability Services wants to hear from you. In addition to Maine’s State Plan on Aging, this input is also used [...]

1409, 2023

Waldo County organizations invited to apply for food and shelter program funds

September 14th, 2023|Categories: Community Resources|

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated available funding of $12,886 through Phase 40 to be distributed through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to organizations who provide emergency food and shelter services in Waldo County. Applications are now open through October 2, 2023. EFSP funds are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. EFSP funding supports special emergency assistance in [...]

709, 2023

Waldo CAP Announces Community Engagement Meetings for 78-Acre Development

September 7th, 2023|Categories: Community Happenings, WCAP Updates|

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) is pleased to announce a series of three community meetings aimed at engaging residents and stakeholders in the development of a 78-acre land project in Belfast, which will also serve as the new headquarters for WCAP. These meetings are designed to provide an opportunity for community members to actively participate in shaping the future of this significant project, which holds the potential to address a [...]

708, 2023

PUBLIC NOTICE: MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE STATE OF MAINE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) PLAN OCTOBER 1, 2023 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2025

August 7th, 2023|Categories: Partner Notices|

PUBLIC NOTICE Issue Date: August 7, 2023 MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE STATE OF MAINE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) PLAN OCTOBER 1, 2023 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2025 The Department of Health and Human Services requests public comment on the above-referenced plan. A copy of the proposed plan is available for public inspection on the Maine.gov website at: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/about-us/policy-rules Public Hearing Scheduled for August [...]

308, 2023

Waldo CAP solicits community feedback on development of land

August 3rd, 2023|Categories: Community Happenings|

Waldo Community Action Partners today announced the launch of a comprehensive survey aimed at soliciting feedback on the agency's use of a 78 parcel of land in Belfast. The survey is open to all stakeholders, including the community members, nonprofits, local businesses, and all interested parties who want to enhance the services Waldo CAP provides. "We are committed to being a responsible community partner and providing high-quality services to the [...]

2206, 2023

Free Backpack and School Supply Program

June 22nd, 2023|Categories: Community Projects, Uncategorized|

_______________________________ 2023 Backpack Application(Please note: you will need to save your application as a .pdf and return by email or print and return by mail) It’s back-to-school season, and Waldo Community Action Partners wants to make sure your child kicks off the school year ready to learn! School supplies will be available free of charge to income eligible families living in Waldo County. Backpacks are prepackaged with a wide variety [...]

1505, 2023

Now accepting nominations to the Low-Income Sector of our Board of Directors

May 15th, 2023|Categories: WCAP Updates|

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 [...]

704, 2023

Public Transportation DASH Bus Routes Starting April 10th 2023

April 7th, 2023|Categories: Transportation|

We are excited to share that we are starting up our public transportation DASH routes in Belfast and Rockland on April 10th! Belfast DASH will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Rockland DASH will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tickets and fares: $2.00 per boarding. $1.00 for Seniors 60+, Students & passengers aged 6-17, Individuals with disabilities (Please have appropriate ID [...]

704, 2023

Update on MaineHousing Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Funds

April 7th, 2023|Categories: WCAP Updates|

This past winter saw a significant increase in households receiving fuel assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). MaineHousing and its Community Action Agency partners, including WCAP, have provided $48 million in fuel assistance this year. Last year at this time, we had provided just $25 million. Applications increased over 20% and this year we had 18,000 new households applying for assistance. MaineHousing has announced that it will stop [...]

704, 2023

Changes are Coming to MaineCare

April 7th, 2023|Categories: Community Resources, WCAP Updates|

During the Covid-19 pandemic, most MaineCare members could keep their MaineCare even if they experienced changes that would have otherwise made them ineligible. This was called “continous coverage.” Continuous coverage ended April 1, 2023. People with MaineCare will need to update their information to see if they can keep their coverage. Please read this announcement from the Maine's Consumer Assistance Program for important dates and what mail you should be [...]

2103, 2023

Transitional Transportation Program through OFI

March 21st, 2023|Categories: Community Resources, Transportation|

The Office for Family Independence released an updated flyer to share information about their Transitional Transportation Program. This program provides eligible families with help paying for work-related travel expenses. You may qualify if: You are currently working at paid employment; and You have a work-related travel expense; and You have a child under the age of 18 in your home; and Your income is below 200% FPL, before taxes and [...]

1403, 2023

Child Safety and Family Wellbeing Plan Community Collaboration Sessions

March 14th, 2023|Categories: Community Happenings, WCAP Updates|

A message from the Maine Child Welfare Action Network. Midcoast Maine is part of Region 2.   As you may have heard, Governor Mills announced in her State of the Budget address that the Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Maine Child Welfare Action Network to develop a plan for strengthening families in Maine. Our goal is to develop a Child Safety and Family Wellbeing Plan [...]

703, 2023

Webinar on March 9th: From Age Friendly to Longevity Ready

March 7th, 2023|Categories: Community Happenings|

Join the Maine Council on Aging for their webinar this Thursday, March 9th 2023 from 1:30-3:30pm. Topic: From Age Friendly to Longevity Ready: Evolving Maine Communities to Work for Everyone. Register here.   Dr. Kalache is coming (virtually) to Maine to share his international perspective on longevity and the importance of aligning policy and practice in building systems and communities that work for people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s. [...]

1502, 2023

2023 Cinderella Project of Maine

February 15th, 2023|Categories: Community Projects|

Waldo Community Action Partners is thrilled to announce this year's Cinderella Project prom dress giveaway event! Bring a friend and get ready to choose among hundreds of beautiful gowns. Our fairy godmothers can't wait to meet you! This year, our sponsors are First National Bank and First National Wealth Management. The Wentworth Event Center has also generously donated the use of their space for this event for the third [...]

202, 2023

Warming Centers in Waldo County

February 2nd, 2023|Categories: Community Resources|

Below is some information on warming centers in Waldo County. The Maine Emergency Management Agency is updating their website regularly with current information: https://www.maine.gov/mema/response-recovery/mass-care Please let others know! Belfast American Legion Hall : 143 Church Street Open: Friday, February 3rd - 2p-8p Saturday, February 4th 9a-6p FMI: 338-1202 Brooks Varney Community Center : 24 Veterans Highway Brooks will open their Varney Building on Saturday, February 4 from 9a-4p Islesboro Community [...]

202, 2023

Update 2/2/23: Phone Technical Issues

February 2nd, 2023|Categories: WCAP Updates|

Update 2/2/23: We are experiencing some technical issues with our phone system. We are redirecting calls as well as we can at the moment. If the call is not an emergency, we recommend you try again later in the day.   Thank you for your patience!

2201, 2023

Transportation Services Cancelled 1/23/23

January 22nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Due to inclement weather, all transportation services, with the exception of dialysis and other urgent transportation services, have been cancelled for 1/23/2023. Please contact our office at Tel: 855 930 7900 to reschedule. Thank you.

1901, 2023

Transportation Services Cancelled 1/20/23

January 19th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Due to inclement weather, all transportation services, with the exception of dialysis and other urgent transportation services, have been cancelled for 1/20/2023. Please contact our office at Tel: 855 930 7900 to reschedule. Thank you.

3012, 2022

Thank You to Our Neighbor for Neighbor Partners!

December 30th, 2022|Categories: Community Happenings, Community Projects|

We'd like to express our sincere gratitude to the community partners and volunteers involved in the Neighbor 4 Neighbor program. This year, the program provided 750 households with Thanksgiving baskets, 943 households with holiday food for the Christmas season and 901 children with gifts. From the fire departments and volunteers who help us deliver holiday food boxes countywide to the many businesses, organizations, and individuals who purchase gifts for kids, [...]

2311, 2022

Community Thanksgiving Dinners

November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Community Happenings, Community Resources|

There are a few community Thanksgiving dinners happening tomorrow, Thursday the 24th! The Open Door Soup Kitchen 180 Depot St., Unity, ME 04988 The Open Door Soup Kitchen has served warm holiday meals to its guests for nearly 20 years, and this year, it is offering free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals onsite in Unity. Thanksgiving dinner will be served on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022, and Christmas dinner will be [...]

1509, 2022

MaineHousing Water Assistance Program Now Open

September 15th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Applications for MaineHousing's Maine Water Assistance Program are now being accepted. The Maine Water Assistance Program is a limited-time program to assist Maine residents who may have fallen behind or had difficulty paying their drinking water and wastewater bills.  The program provides direct payments to water and sewer utilities on behalf of customers. This program is available to income-qualified Maine households who receive their water through public water or wastewater [...]

1309, 2022

Back to Basics Workshop

September 13th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Families is hosting a six-week series for parents and caregivers. This free event is for parents and caregivers that are managing the chaos of life and seeking tips and tricks to help balance it all. The six different presentations will provide an opportunity for questions for the presenters at the end of the session. Registration is required and you can choose one [...]

109, 2022

Neighbor for Neighbor

September 1st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The holiday season is fast approaching and Neighbor for Neighbor applications are available! Waldo County residents who are in need of a box of food for the holidays and/or help with gifts for their children can fill out an application and mail it to the WCAP office. Once an application is filled out, a local organization that provides food and/or gifts will serve your family. Most applicants seeking food baskets [...]

408, 2022

New MCC Self Drive Reimbursement Form

August 4th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Services offered through our Transit System includes mileage reimbursement for MaineCare members going to medical appointments. If you have been using our mileage reimbursement services, please note that the form has changed! You can download the new form by clicking here. For more information about our transportation services, visit the program page here.

1207, 2022

Free Backpack and School Supply Program

July 12th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s back-to-school season, and Waldo Community Action Partners wants to make sure your child kicks off the school year ready to learn! This year Waldo CAP has expanded its annual Backpack and School Supply Program to offer giveaways at sites in Thorndike and Winterport, as well as Belfast. School supplies will be available free of charge to income eligible families living in Waldo County. Backpacks are prepackaged with a wide [...]

2306, 2022

Community Cafés Start this Week!

June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Waldo Community Action Partners is pleased to sponsor Community Cafés for children and seniors every Thursday from June 23 – August 11. Cafés will be at the Burnham Town Hall from 11am-1pm and the Waldo Pierce Library (Frankfort) from 12-2pm. Meals are an Extension of the USDA’s Summer Food Program for children 18 and under and are focused on bringing seniors and children together for fun activities, companionship, and community [...]

1706, 2022

Be Advised: Fraudulent Activity re: Single-Family Housing

June 17th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

For Your Awareness: **NOTICE** USDA, Rural Development (RD) recently received reports of homeowners receiving letters offering special assistance through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and Making Home Affordable trial programs for loans that are delinquent. The letter provides a payment plan and asks the customer to complete a form to be faxed or mailed which contains private information (social security number, signature). Do not respond to this inquiry, this [...]

1606, 2022

WCAP ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN THE USDA CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

June 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Waldo Community Action Partners is honored to announce its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program as a Sponsor of Family Day Care Homes. CACFP is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating childcare centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. Each day, more than 4.2 million children and [...]

1006, 2022

Funds Available in Waldo County through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

June 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

June 10, 2022, BELFAST, MAINE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated available funding of $26,291 through ARPA-R and $8,511 through Phase 39 to be distributed through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to organizations who provide emergency food and shelter services in Waldo County. Applications are now open through July 1, 2022. EFSP funds are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal [...]

606, 2022

Change in cancellation policy for MaineCare transportation.

June 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Please take note of the following important change to the Mid-Coast Connector cancellation policy for all MaineCare transportation. Effective July 1, 2022 we will require a 24-hour notice from the scheduled time of pick up to cancel transportation. Cancellations less than 24 hours from the scheduled time of pick up will be subject to the No-Show policy. If you have any questions about this change, please reach out to customer [...]

106, 2022

Help us improve MaineCare Transportation in Mid-Coast Maine!

June 1st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are hoping you will join us at our upcoming MaineCare NET (Non-Emergency Medical Transportation) Advisory Committee meeting via ZOOM on Thursday, June 16th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Mid-Coast Connector, a division of Waldo Community Action Partners, is the regional MaineCare Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Broker for all MaineCare members residing in Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, as well as Brunswick and Harpswell. The Advisory Committee Team is [...]

2605, 2022

Volunteer for WCAP’s Community Cafés this Summer!

May 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

CACFP Coordinator, Lorey Duprey, promoting Kids Summer Meals Program in 2021. Waldo Community Action Partners is excited to announce a new initiative that is building off of last year’s Summer Food Service Program for Children – Community Cafés! However, we need your help to make it happen. Starting the week of June 23rd, we will be hosting ‘Community Cafés’ in a couple sites in Waldo County. Community Cafés [...]

1905, 2022

Reduce Heating Costs Next Winter

May 19th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Concerned about rapidly rising fuel prices? Are your windows drafty? Insulating window inserts from the non-profit WindowDressers can make your home more comfortable. Their volunteer team is now accepting orders for the fall build season.  Starting this year, the Searsport and Belfast organizing teams are merging their resources to better support the need in Waldo County for these affordable window inserts.  The 2022 build will take place at the Boathouse [...]

905, 2022

Free Backpacks for Waldo County Kids Coming August 2022

May 9th, 2022|Categories: Community Projects, Community Resources, WCAP Updates|

Get ready to get back-to-school with free backpacks and school supplies provided by WCAP! FREE to Mainecare and WIC eligible children ages K-12 who live in Waldo County. Pickups will be scheduled by appointment. Masks and proof of income eligibility required at pick-up. Coming August 2022, stay tuned for more information! Follow this link for up-to-date program information!

2504, 2022

Mainers to Receive Relief Checks

April 25th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Governor Mills and the Legislature have approved giving back more than half the budget surplus to taxpayers of Maine. To help Mainers claim their $850 relief checks, the State has launched the below website. If you have questions about the checks, please visit the website and/or contact Maine Revenue Services at 207-624-9924. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/relief-checks

1404, 2022

Waldo County Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment Report

April 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Maine Shared CHNA) is a collaboration between Central Maine Healthcare (CMHC), Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), MaineGeneral Health (MGH), MaineHealth (MH), and Northern Light Health (NLH). The vision of the Maine Shared CHNA is to turn health data into action so that Maine will become the healthiest state in the U.S. Click here to read the 2022 Waldo County [...]

804, 2022

WCAP Requesting Proposals for Building Project

April 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Waldo Community Action Partners (Waldo CAP), a private, non-profit 503(c) organization located in Belfast, Maine, is requesting proposals to help establish a building project vision for a 78-acre parcel of land located in Belfast, Maine.  Contract would likely begin summer of 2022 for a period of one year, with renewal options.  Due date for proposal submission is May 16, 2022.  For the full RFP document, please email rfp@waldocap.org.

804, 2022

FRAUD ALERT!

April 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Please be aware that some adults are being targeted by claims that they won a Social Services Block Grant award, yet must pay a transaction fee to receive this award. Those sending the notices are misrepresenting themselves as federal agents and may contact through email or social media messages. THIS IS NOT REAL.   If you have been contacted about a SSBG award that is tied to a transaction fee, [...]

2903, 2022

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

March 29th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources|

Bipartisan Legislation Addresses Poverty in America and Increases Opportunities for Families; Investing in Children and Parents Concurrently Harnesses Family's Full Potential and Promotes Economic Mobility Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to increase opportunities for families living in poverty. The bipartisan bill aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to target both parents and children with [...]

1003, 2022

Summary Report on Older Women and Economic Security

March 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Economic Security of Older Women in Maine: 2022 Data Report provides a snapshot of how women compare to men on measures such as wages and income, caregiving status, living arrangements, and rates of disability—factors that can impact Maine women's ability to meet their needs with the resources they have. The report, compiled by the Cutler Institute of Health and Social Policy, informs an initiative led by the Maine Women's [...]

703, 2022

Cinderella Project Prom Dress Giveaway!

March 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Waldo Community Action Partners is thrilled to host a masked-ball version of The Cinderella Project prom dress giveaway this year! Bring your mask, one friend, and get ready to choose among hundreds of beautiful gowns. Our fairy godmothers can't wait to meet you! The event will be on Saturday, April 9th between 9am and 4:30pm at the Wentworth Event Center in Belfast. Register online: https://calendly.com/waldocap/cinderella-project We are also offering limited appointments [...]

2402, 2022

Transportation Services Cancelled Friday 2/25/22

February 24th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Due to the expectation of inclement weather, all MCC MaineCare and Public Transportation Services are cancelled on Friday February 25, 2022, with the exception of dialysis and other urgent needs. Please contact us at 1-855-930-7900 to reschedule.   Thank you and please be safe.

2202, 2022

The Kindness that Keeps Waldo Warm

February 22nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last month, a generous individual donated $6,000 to our 'Keep Waldo Warm' fund in memory of Tanya Hubbard. Our 'Keep Waldo Warm' fund provides heating assistance to those in need throughout Waldo County, which was a cause near and dear to Tanya's heart. In fact, just four years before she lost her battle with cancer in 2016, Tanya started a campaign and raised more than $11,000 to buy heating oil [...]

2401, 2022

Winter Heating Resource Guide

January 24th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Governor’s Energy Office has produced a Winter Heating Resource Guide to help Mainers take action to save money, improve their home’s energy efficiency, and find heating assistance if needed. Click below for more information.  https://www.maine.gov/energy/winter-heating-resources

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