Landmark, Harborlight receive grants from PowerOptions


BEVERLY — Harborlight Community Partners and Landmark School are among 20 area nonprofits receiving $10,000 grants from PowerOptions.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, PowerOptions is a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits navigate energy supply arrangements and ensure they are the most inexpensive.

“We picked the winners of the donations based on where we thought the $10,000 would make the greatest impact,” said Cynthia Arcate, the organization’s CEO, noting that this would likely mean the most to smaller organizations. “We also wanted to make sure that we hit a real cross section of nonprofits.”

The company is awarding $400,000 total to helping the organizations it works with, spread throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with the grants plus paying to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations, according to a news release.

The organization is working on reviewing the sites where the charging stations could go, and those will be announced within the next few months, Arcate said.

At Landmark, the grant will go toward a new reading course.

“Landmark School is grateful for its long-time relationship with PowerOptions,” said school Headmaster Bob Broudo in a prepared statement. “This grant support will enable the Landmark School Outreach Program to further grow its online professional development course offerings and serve an even greater number of local educators.”

At Harborlight, the grant will help with renovations to properties that serve families in need of affordable housing.

“Our partnership with PowerOptions is essential every day to our ability to sustain our affordable housing offerings throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts,” said Andrew DeFranza, Harborlight’s executive director, in a statement. “We are deeply grateful for this contribution which will further support these efforts.”

Arianna MacNeill can be reached at 978-338-2527 or at amacneill@salemnews.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SN_AMacNeill.

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