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Our Services

The Highway Park Neighborhood Council is dedicated to reducing generational poverty and revitalizing the Highway Park Community one program at a time. Projects include arts and cultural programs, Grow Community Teaching Garden, upgrades to the MLK Jr. Sports Field, exercise program "One Step for Life", health fairs, Historic Cemetery, Lake Huntley Boat Dock's Fishing Pier, commercial district, Wele Youth Camp & Leadership Program, Free Computer access, business incubator, and job support at Village Green Resource Center, and Great American Clean ups. We are affiliated with HP Homes 502 Direct Mortgage Program for attainable housing. Programs are designed for veterans, senior citizens, children, young adults, and the general population. 

We are an award-winning agency: Keep America Beautiful Bill Nash Award, Keep Florida Beautiful Affiliate of the Year Award (2023), multi-year KAB Presidents Circle, Highlander 501c3 of the Year for Highlands County (2022) and NAACP Community Service Award. 



The Grow Community Teaching & Demonstration Garden's purpose is not only to teach how to grow fruits and vegetables, but also agribusiness courses to start your own cottage industry. We will also host health fairs, special events, guest speakers, culinary arts, cultural programs, and more. Funded by Florida Blue, T-Mobile, US Department of Agriculture, Florida Division of Forestry, US Division of Forestry, Whole Kids, Seminole Brighton Council, Mason G. Smoak Foundation, ADuda, Heartland Cultural Alliance, Lake Placid Noon Rotary, friends and supporters. 



3rd Wele Youth Camp - "Financial Freedom"




Florida Forestry Grant

FL Division of Agriculture & Consumer Services


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$15,000 Florida Blue (2021)

$3,500 Mason G. Smoak Foundation (2022)

$3,000 Whole Kids Foundation (2022)

$2,500 Seminole Brighton Council (2022)

$50,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant 2022

$15,900 US Department of Agriculture (2023)

$5,000 Florida Department of Agriculture - FL Forestry Grant (2023)





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2022 Highlands County 501c3 of the year !!

Working to enhance, and preserve, the Highway Park Community through various initiatives including  economic revitalization, poverty mitigation programs, environmental  (Great American Cleanups, restoration of historic buildings, tree planting, educational programs), Wele Youth Leadership Program (county -wide), Veterans (US Hwy 27 S Veterans Memorial),  financial literacy workshops, GED programs, food distribution support, Senior Citizens projects, health fairs & projects, arts & cultural programs, Humanities programs from FL Humanities,  Hicoria Pines Homes (county-wide), Guidewell Innovations winners 2021, USDA 502 Certified Packagers (Low to very low-income 1st time homebuyers program for all of Highlands County), Village Green Community Resource Center (computer training, job support, business incubator), Teaching & Demonstration Garden planned for  2023, One Step For Life Health programs (MLK JR. Sports Field improvements for health & exercise). Funding for initiatives sponsored in part by: AARP, T-Mobile Home Town Grant, and our multi-year sponsors; ADuda, Alan Jay Automotive, Alice Consulting Services, Audrey Asciutto, Bert Harris (Harris & Swain Attorneys), Callahan Transport, Charles Reynolds Foundation, Chris Rider, Darnell Smith, Elaine Strong, Florida Blue Foundation's Healthy Communities,  Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, FL Division of Forestry & FL Division of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Gene & Janice Allen, Greg Reynolds, Lake Placid Noon Rotary,  Lake Placid Fresh Water Charter & Guide, Lowe's (Keep America Beautiful), Mason G. Smoak Foundation, Ross & Annette Hendricks, Seminole Brighton Council, Shirley & Ralph Harris, Susan Benton, Tiptop Vending, Tony Jenkins, US Department of Agriculture, Williams Funeral Home, Whole Kids, Zephrine Augustine & Murphy USA, and other fine benefactors, donors, & sponsors. 


Working Together for a Better Highway Park & Highlands County - click Candid Link below to access info via Guidestar


To end generational poverty and transform distressed neighborhoods into thriving, healthy, sustainable communities - good places to live, work, play, do business and raise families. 

This mission is accomplished through community revitalization projects including beautification/rehabilitation projects, job development, job training, job support, workshops, business incubator at Village Green Resource Center, arts, cultural projects, humanities programs, exhibits, festivals, food distribution support, community teaching garden, health programs, Wele Youth Leadership, senior citizen programs, veterans and affordable housing support. These activities are designed to provide economic empowerment in marginalized communities in Highlands County.

Our Values

Our guiding principles are commitment, reliability, dependability, honesty, integrity, passion for our work, compassion for our community, fair play and sincerity. 

We believe 

  • Partnerships are our best work
  • We are stewards of our community
  • Diverse experiences, cultures and backgrounds strengthen each of us  

DEI Statement

HPNC is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. We recognize diversity as a way to leverage our differences, and we involve and reflect the communities we serve.

Equity is not equality. We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive.

Inclusion: We create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

We approach our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion with courage and optimism—knowing it requires a sustained commitment


To provide pathways to wealth, health, and opportunity

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About Us 

Highway Park Neighborhood Council is a 501c3 Community Services agency. We provide free community support programs for children, senior citizens, and veterans. Other programs include, Wele Youth Leadership Program, Village Green Community 

Resource Center with free computer access/training, business incubator to help you launch your new business, job development, job training, GED programs in collaboration with South Florida State College. We also provide humanities, arts & cultural programs, health initiatives and neighborhood development projects (US Hwy 27 S Veterans Memorial, Village Green Resource Center, GROW Community Teaching & Demonstration Garden, historic cemetery renovations (listed with the National Park Service "List of Registered Historic Places"), MLK Jr. Sports Field renovations & health programs, for the Highway Park community of Lake Placid, Florida.  Housing program is for all of Highlands County, FL. To learn more about our nonprofit organization, contact us today!

Community Support Programs at Village Green Resource Center - 106 Washington Street, Lake Placid, FL

  • Business Development Workshops

  • Business Incubator (New & emerging businesses)

  • Employment Support

  • Free Internet Use and Training
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing skills training
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Help completing forms (Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, etc.)
  • Community Teaching Garden (Coming Fall 2023)
  • And More!


Committed to the Betterment of the Highway Park Community

Get to know the people in charge of The Highway Park Neighborhood Council by clicking the link below

Community Development Projects

Highway Park Neighborhood Council is committed to providing top quality programs that will enrich, engage and inspire, always putting our participants at the forefront. Learn more about our available programs, and be sure to get in touch with any questions.

Office: 863/318/7481

106 Washington Street, Suite 2

Lake Placid, FL 33852

What do we do?

And More!

  • Senior Citizens Programs
  • Veterans Programs
  • Wele Youth Leadership Programs
  • Health Fairs
  • Festivals 
  • Agribusiness Courses
  • Arts Programs
  • Food Distribution Support
  • Community Garden
  • Green Space Development
  • 1st Time Home-buyers Program
  • Job Development Support
  • Business Incubator Services

Wele Youth Leadership

Wele Talks Workshop on Leadership


Debating current events

Self Esteem workshop

Young Ladies Group

Young men's workshop

Role Modeling Discussion

Outdoor fun & activities

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Annual Health Fairs

Our Project’s Through the Years

Check out this page to revisit or learn about some of the community development projects The Highway Park Neighborhood Council has done in Lake Placid, Florida over the years.


Our Objectives

Our award-winning agency works to revitalize the Highway Park Community through initiatives such as advocacy, community rehabilitation, arts and culture, humanities and historic preservation (physical, traditional, cultural), healthy living initiatives, educational programs, economic development, affordable housing education programs (financial literacy, home ownership pros/cons, rent vs own, etc.) and community advocacy. In partnership with HP Homes, as USDA 502 Certified Packagers, we strive to help low to very low-income families on the path to homeownership throughout Highlands County.