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Communities of Light™

Illuminating the Night to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The 12th Annual Communities of Light™ ~Peace Begins at Home county-wide lighting of candles will commence at dusk on
Monday, December 9, 2013.

During the winter solstice in December, Communities of Light™ (COL) candles line the streets of central New Jersey – a powerful symbol of hope for women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. Communities of Light™ raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and the services available to help victims in Mercer County.

The candles come from special luminary kits produced by Womanspace. Their light helps spread our important message that Peace Begins at Home. Each year, more than 200 volunteers sell, distribute and display the luminary kits. Volunteers sell the luminary kits to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. If you would like to help Womanspace sell luminary kits read more on our COL Volunteer page.

At dusk on Monday, December 9, 2013, hundreds of people, scores of organizations and community groups, and the 13 municipalities within Mercer County will light thousands of their candles. Domestic violence agencies from neighboring New Jersey counties also participate in Communities of Light. Click here for a list of Municipal and Community lightings.

100% of all proceeds from event sponsorships, luminary kit sales and donations to Communities of Light benefit Womanspace programs that serve over 10,000 adults and children each year, who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. View event Sponsorship opportunities.

Thousands of candles will sparkle as Mercer County residents unite in illuminating their neighborhood streets, walkways, businesses, churches and community centers.  Each luminary kit costs $10 and includes supplies and safety instructions for assembling 6 luminary displays to cover 150 linear feet. Kits are for sale at various retail locations throughout Mercer County, view the list of retailers. You can also purchase kits online.

Last year Womanspace served over 11,000 adults and children. It is our hope that families who struggle with violence in their homes will see that their community stands with them and learn that help is available. In order to succeed we need the support of the Mercer County community; supporters can contact Susan D. Klejst, Director of Development, at (609) 394-0136 or at If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Adams at 609-394-0136 or at

Thanks to our generous COL Sponsors!

Candlelight Sponsor: Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. Counselors at Law

Mercer County

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline

(609) 394-9000

New Jersey Statewide

Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline

(800) 572-SAFE (7233)

For callers with hearing or speech impairments:

(TTY) 888-252-SAFE (7233)

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