2014 Freezin’ for a Reason – Polar Plunge

Welcome Plungers and Chickens!
Thank you for supporting WMCA! We are thrilled to welcome you as part of our mission to mobilize all resources in developing innovative solutions to community problems.

So you’ve decided to take the Plunge! Now what?
The Plunger Tool Kit will provide you with the steps you need to take to prepare for the Plunge, as well as aid you in your fundraising efforts. The kit also contains the necessary forms you will need for the Polar Plunge.

Download you toolkit – Freezin’ for a Reason Tool Kit 2014

Sign up online to accept pledges

What is the Polar Plunge?
Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to help ensure WMCA has the resources to continue to respond quickly and effectively to the variety of needs of our low to moderate income population.

What it takes to be a Plunger…
Anyone with a little courage, a warm heart and a desire to support a worthy cause is welcome.

Each individual must raise a minimum of $25.00 to participate. Participants can purchase Freezin’ for a Reason T-shirts in advance if they wish. Call us at 1-800-645-9636 for details. It’s a great way to show your support and let everyone know you took the plunge!

Pledge yourself, then collect pledges from family, friends and colleagues to help us reach our $5,000 goal and win prizes. The first 50 participants to register with $50 in pledges will receive a WMCA baseball cap. $100 in pledges will also get you a mitten ice scraper, and at $150 you will also receive a T-shirt.

Too Chicken to Take the Plunge?
No problem… Simply register as a “Chicken” and raise pledges just like a regular Plunger and get the same prize incentives, but no need to jump in the icy water!

Chickens will cheer on the brave Polar Plungers. Now you have no excuse not to participate!

Contact Danielle Flannery at dflannery@wmca.org or by calling 1-800-645-9636.

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Annual Report

annual Report

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Princess Tea Party

Tea with Princesses Flyer – ColorPlease share with all the little princes and princesses in your life! Tickets will be available at the WIC office in Wilton and Auburn or on the day of the event. Last year was a lot of fun–The kids and adults all had a great time! Hope to see you there.

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Don’t be an April Fool! Get Covered By March 31

There are only a few days left to obtain affordable health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment ends on March 31. Don’t put off getting coverage. Here at WMCA we have certified navigators who can answer your questions and help you with the enrollment process. It’s not too late to enroll, but after March 31, 2014, you will only be eligible to enroll under special circumstances. Call our dedicated Health Insurance Navigator toll free line to speak to a navigator. 1-855-806-7333. To check out the affordable health insurance plans available to you in Maine, visit Healthcare.gov or check out Enroll207 to find an in-person assister near you.

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Find an Affordable Health Plan

WMCA’s in-person assisters can help you find the right health insurance plan for you. Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Find help from a navigator like Jake. You may be surprised at just how affordable your health insurance premium will be. A recently released report shows that a high percentage of uninsured Mainers qualify for financial assistance with their monthly premiums when they enroll.

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Model Neighborhood Project

New program off sets cost of pellet boilers

Grant money is being made available to help homeowners ditch their oil furnace and get one that burns wood pellets instead.

One of the programs using that grant money is the “Model Neighborhood Project” which is now working with homeowners in Farmington and Wilton get up to 8-thousand dollars in rebates to install a wood pellet boiler.

Right now, wood pellets are providing the same amount of heat for anywhere between 40 to 50-percent lower than oil. Richard Wilde of Farmington, is one of the first homeowners to take advantage of the program.

He got more than 6-thousand dollars in rebates to offset the installation cost of his wood pellet boiler system… which cost a little more than 19-thousand dollars. Wilde says, in January alone, he saved 268-dollars in fuel costs.

‘Everybody is trying to save money. This was really a good idea, it looks like we will be saving about 12-hundred dollars a year putting this in,’ said Wilde.

More information about the program is available by contacting William Crandall at wcrandall@wmca.org or 860-4451 and online at www.northernforest.org/model_neighborhood_project.html.

 

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Just Give It a Call

As we watch the Winter Olympics and cheer on our amazing young athletes, we can’t help but cringe when we witness the mishaps during the journey to gold. What a reminder that no matter how invincible we feel, no matter how hard we’ve trained and worked to be at the top of our game, disaster can be a snowboard jump away. I can’t imagine the extraordinary medical costs associated with some of these highly public athletic accidents. I’m reminded that there are still lots of “invincibles” here in Maine who may not be thinking about the importance of checking out health insurance in the Marketplace. The countdown is on. Check out your options and consider enrolling once you have all the facts. March 31 is the end of open enrollment. And while you’re thinking about it, take a look at this recent contest winner’s video: Just Give It a Call

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Learn about WIC

Watch this video and learn more about our WIC program

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Bon-Ton Coupon books are available now

BETTER THAN EVER!
The Community Day booklet is filled with great savings coupons and exclusive offers!

http://www.communitydayevent.com/orglookup.php

Help Support Western Maine Community Action WIC Program

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War on Poverty

Fifty years ago, on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Act that signaled the beginning of the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 provided for community-based local solutions to poverty and included a foundation for effective local organization focused on ways to address issues identified as barriers to economic self-sufficiency. Now, 50 years later, there are statistics and data to demonstrate the degree to which “poverty programs” have had an impact. The War on Poverty, a blog in the Washington Post, provides historical background, and a wealth of information, including statistical data.

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