Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) is a non-profit community action program founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1972 as a private 501(c) 3 organization. With a mission to €œbring community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life,€� WHCA helps people obtain essential services including child abuse prevention; transportation; housing rehabilitation and energy conservation; food, heat and utility assistance; and small business training and technical assistance. WHCA's staff assists thousands of Downeast residents each year through its four divisions: Community & Family Services, Down East Business Alliance, Housing and Transportation. WHCA works with other non-profit agencies, charitable organizations, foundations and federal, state and local agencies to provide a variety of services to the region. Here are some highlights of recent accomplishments: WHCA played a key role in launching 2-1-1, a statewide human services information and referral system. Its Heating and Warmth Fund (THAW) provides heating assistance to hundreds of families each year. Housing Services has created Expert Energy Solutions to provide weatherization services. Helping Hands Garage has now provided more than 100 families with reliable transportation. WHCA's volunteer drivers log more than 1 million miles each year transporting clients to essential appointments. In November of 2006, WHCA acquired the former Left Bank CafÃ© property in Blue Hill to house Friendship Cottage, an Adult Day Service Program. A capital campaign for the facility raised over $1 million and Friendship Cottage opened its doors to participants in 2008. Down East Business Alliance has now provided more than 30 Incubator Without Walls programs to help hundreds of small businesses succeed.