North Shore Community Action Programs to honor Peabody Police Officer at Annual Gala

Peabody, MA– Each year, members of North Shore Community Action Programs (North Shore CAP) selects an honoree to present with the Frederick E. Berry Community Service Award.  This year, North Shore CAP is proud to honor Officer Richard Heath, of the Peabody Police Department, with this award.  Officer Heath’s daily interactions with members of the community embodies the very essence of this award.  Officer Heath is a 30 year veteran of the force.  He is known for a being a resource for homeless individuals; one who treats a person with kindness, dignity, and is eager to offer help. Rick is able to maintain a balance between the various needs of the homeless and the need to maintain order in a busy downtown area. Officer Heath works tirelessly keeping one of Peabody’s most vulnerable populations safe. He has been recognized by the Peabody Clergy Ministerial Association for his work in this area. Officer Heath volunteers his time at several Special Olympics events across the state during the year and is one of the main organizers of the Peabody Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in December each year.

Please join North Shore Community Action Programs in proudly honoring Officer Heath at the annual Spring Into Action Gala, being held on May 15th, 2020.  The gala attracts supporters of the organization’s many programs dedicated to helping the North Shore’s low-income families.  This year, the event is being held at the DoubleTree Hilton, located at 50 Ferncroft Road in Danvers, MA.

The Frederick E. Berry Community Service Award was established in recognition of Senator Berry’s inspiring leadership and his dedication to improving the lives of low-income families and individuals. Senator Berry represented Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, and Topsfield in the Massachusetts State Senate for 30 years.

North Shore Community Action Programs believes that a big part of creating a path for positive change in the community starts with advocacy and empowering people.  North Shore CAP was founded in 1965 in response to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of war against poverty.  This year, the organization celebrates its 55th year!  North Shore CAP offers programs such as fuel assistance, free English courses for those who speak another language, workforce readiness, home care, shelter for homeless families, housing assistance for homeless individuals, and assistance for those trying to remain in their homes.