What is York County Community Action Corporation?
For more than 50 years, York County communities have counted on YCCAC to provide opportunity and hope to people from all circumstances, particularly in times of transition or adversity.
We are driven by the belief that when our communities are strong, all of its members have opportunities to thrive— and, in turn, that when an individual achieves personal success and independence, our communities grow healthier, stronger, and more vibrant.
YCCAC programs include Children Services (Head Start and Early Head Start); Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Transportation Services; Nasson Health Care; Energy Services and Weatherization; and the Economic Opportunity Department, which houses Community Outreach, York County CA$H, Free Tax Preparation, Thriving in Place, and Housing Services.
Is York County Community Action Corporation a non-profit organization?
Yes. YCCAC was founded in 1965 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
Does York County Community Action Corporation regularly hold public fundraisers?
Yes. In 2014, YCCAC launched a fundraising program to help support all YCCAC programs and services.
Why a ceilidh? And what is a ceilidh? And how in heck do you pronounce the word?
Last question first: While it begins with a “c” and would seem to follow the pronunciation of the word “ceiling,” it actually has a very different sound. The correct pronunciation is “Kay-LEE.”
On long, dark winter nights it is still the custom in small villages for friends to collect in a house and hold what they call a “ceilidh”. Young and old are entertained by the reciters of old poems and legendary stories which deal with ancient beliefs, the doings of traditional heroes and heroines, and so on. Some sing old and new songs set to old music or new music composed in the manner of the old.
—Mackenzie, Donald A., Wonder tales from Scottish myth and legend, 1917
But ceilidhs have changed over time. Today, in many Irish and Scottish cities and towns, ceilidhs may be held in church halls or town halls, barns, community centers, and even in parks or town squares. And while some ceilidhs still incorporate storytelling and authentic costume, others rely more on music, dance, and plenty of food and drink.
The one attribute that has remained constant is that a ceilidh is a community gathering. Old and young partake in the lively experience of singing, dancing, joining in playing musical instruments (if so inclined), and in enjoying an evening among friends.
What about the auction? How does that work?
All year we’ve been collecting items for our silent auction—gift cards, overnight and weekend stays at some of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in southern Maine, theatre tickets, sports memorabilia, and . . . the list goes on. We’ve packaged the items in complimentary bundles so that you’re bidding not on a single item but on a basket containing two, three, four or even five items. (Example: One basket might contain a restaurant gift card, an overnight stay at a nearby hotel, and a wine package with two bottles of wine and two wine glasses.)
The auction begins at 6:00 p.m. The baskets are on tables in the porched area at the rear of the Spring Hill ballroom. There are bid sheets on the tables in front of each basket. Bidders use the sheets to place their bids and watch as others also place bids. The excitement builds until the bidding ends—at 7:15 p.m. sharp for the first basket. Bidding for the remaining baskets close at 5-minute intervals, so that bidding for the second basket ends at 7:20, and for the third at 7:25. The auction wraps up around 8:30.
Do I have to dress up for the event? Do I have to wear a kilt?
Of course not. Come as you are. It’s a fun-filled get-together. You’re certainly welcome to put on your plaids and kilt, and bring your bagpipes as well. But there’s no dress code. We want you—and everyone—to be as comfortable as possible.
Is the cost of my ticket tax deductible?
Sorry, no. Only donations to YCCAC are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.