County Profile

Waldo

Located in the central-east part of the state, Waldo County is home to Unity College. The county’s economy is based on agriculture, lumbering, fishing and tourism.

Waldo

Waldo County at a Glance:

  • 21.3% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 30.2% of children in Waldo County receive SNAP benefits, 61.8% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 26.2% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Waldo County is 8.7 per 1,000.**
  • 8.5 per every 1,000 children in Waldo County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 54% of children in Waldo County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 43.2% of people in Waldo County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 19.5% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 34.1% of the population achieved a high school degree; 11.2% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Waldo County is 86.7%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
2020Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To provide general operating support.Rockland, ME
2019Beacon Project$10,000To fund transportation costs for low-income island residents to medical and other critical appointments on the mainland.Islesboro, ME
2019Knox County Homeless Coalition$15,000To provide support for general operations to serve homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.Rockland, ME
2019Northern Light Inland Hospital$25,000To support on-site food, food security resources, and transportation vouchers for primary care patients at Northern Light Inland Hospital who are screened and identified as in need of additional supports.Bangor, ME
2018Belfast Public Health Nursing Association$22,500To provide direct outreach, medical care and support to low-income and at-risk children and adults in Waldo County who require assistance in meeting their basic needs of shelter, food, medical care, and safety.Belfast, ME
2018Goodwill Industries of Northern New England$20,000To provide support for the Job Connection Bangor program, providing wrap-around workforce development services to low-income adults with multiple barriers to successful employment such as food scarcity, unstable housing, and transportation issues.Portland, ME
2018Knox County Homeless Coalition$15,000To provide support for general operations to serve homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.Rockland, ME
2018Waldo Community Action Partners$20,000To provide support for emergency home repairs for low-income families in Waldo County in order to prevent homelessness.Belfast, ME
2017Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.Rockland, ME
2017Unity Barn Raisers$12,000To provide meals for low-income families in Waldo County.Unity, ME
2016Island Institute$300,000A three year grant to provide business support services to small businesses in rural coastal areas and islands in Maine.Rockland, ME
2016Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2015Food AND Medicine, Jobs with Justice Education Fund$15,000To provide funding to deliver healthy, locally grown food to SNAP users, including families in crisis, laid-off workers, seniors, and people with disabilities who need homecare.Brewer, ME
2015Jackson Food Pantry$5,000To provide food to low-income children, families and seniors in Waldo County.Jackson, ME
2015Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2015Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To support programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Maine.  Belfast, ME
2014Maine Farmland Trust$15,000To provide funds for the Local Food for Seniors program.Belfast, ME
2014Volunteers of America Northern New England$20,000To provide funding support and staffing for mental health counseling to incarcerated men.Brunswick, ME
2013Cancer Support Center of Maine$5,000To provide gas cards for cancer patients traveling to and from medical appointments.Bucksport, ME
2013Central Maine Area Agency on Aging$25,000To provide direct services to low income seniors and their family caregivers to help them remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.Augusta, ME
2013Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To continue a highly successful Community Farm Share program targeting low income seniors.Belfast, ME
2013Maine Seacoast Mission$25,000To support elders who wish to age in place in their homes and communities to do so successfully.Bar Harbor, ME
2013Penobscot Bay YMCA$15,000To expand existing programs for seniors to include fitness classes, transportation and social opportunities.Rockport, ME
2013Penobscot Community Health Care$25,000To increase provision of home-based primary care to seniors with chronic conditions, allowing them to age in place and maintain their health.Bangor, ME
2012Beacon Project$5,600To fund transportation costs for elderly residents to medical appointments on the mainland.Islesboro, ME
2012Maine Farmland Trust$50,000To provide access to local farm products through free farm shares in Waldo and Kennebec counties to low-income people facing food insecurity .Belfast, ME
2012Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast$25,000To support the Court Diversion program for juvenile/young adult offenders.Belfast, ME
2012Unity Barn Raisers$11,000To provide high nutritional value meals to low-income families in Waldo County.Unity, ME
2012Waldo Community Action Partners$12,500To support early education services for children and adults from low-income and underserved households.Belfast, ME