Waldo Community Action Partners Executive Director Keith Small will be stepping down from his position in mid-January 2018, the WCAP board of directors announced Dec. 8.

Previously Downeast Business Alliance director at Washington Hancock Community Agency, Small joined WCAP in 2011. He led the organization through a period of "dynamic growth" in many of the agency's programs and services, according to a WCAP press release.

Over the last few years, WCAP has added new Head Start sites, expanded transportation services to Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties, as well as the municipalities of Brunswick and Harpswell, and added such new programs as housing counseling, case management, and financial education.

"Keith was the right leader at the right time," said board Chairman Faith Campbell. "The financial health of WCAP has never been stronger, and he has built a staff team that gives all of us on the board great confidence as we look to the future."

Campbell also announced that the board has contracted with Starboard Leadership Consulting to assist in a search for an interim director who can work with the board to conduct an organizational assessment in advance of a search for a full-time, permanent executive director.

"We are working from a very solid foundation, thanks to what has been accomplished during Keith's time with us," Campbell said, "and for that we owe him our heartfelt thanks."

Small's plans for the future are still taking shape: "It has been an incredible honor to have worked with this tremendous staff team and with such a passionate and caring board of directors," he said. "No matter what comes next for me, I will always be grateful for my years at WCAP."

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, private non-profit organization located in Belfast, Maine. It is designed to mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents, alleviate poverty and address its underlying causes.

WCAP’s mission is “building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance.”

For more information, visit waldocap.org or call 338-6809.