Harborlight Community Partners(HCP) will be handing out specially made Winfrey’s chocolate bars to anyone who donates a new or used book during the Thursday, December 8th, 5 PM to 8PM holiday event. Donations will be accepted at a table in the 300 Main Street shopping area.
As growing non-profit affordable housing operator and developer on the North Shore, Harborlight Community Partners raises money through donations of new and gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and video games. The donation program is a way for communities to not only feel good about participating in a green initiative to repurpose unused items, it also provides opportunity to support local affordable housing programs for people who live in our communities. The program is manned by HCP itself so 100% of the proceeds support the organization’s affordable housing efforts. Drop-off donation containers for HCP are located in the parking lots of Dawson Hardware on Enon Street in Beverly and the Crosby’s Market parking lots in both Hamilton and Salem.
Harborlight Community Partners provides housing and services primarily for low and moderate income people living in southern Essex County, and recently completed the renovation of the Willow Street Firehouse Place project. This is the Town of Hamilton’s first Community Preservation Fund supported affordable project and will include four affordable rental units and a permanent home to the Acord Food Pantry.
On December 2, 2011, Harborlight Community Partners purchased Pigeon Cove Ledges in Rockport to preserve the 30-unit affordable elder housing complex. In addition, the organization currently owns, manages, or supports 308 affordable housing units, providing home for over 400 people, including Turtle Creek, Turtle Woods, and Harborlight House elderly housing in Beverly, Whipple Riverview Place in Ipswich, and two homes in Peabody. For more information, visit www.harborlightcp.org.