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9/29/2017

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President’s Message

Even though the weather in New Jersey still feels like summer, soon the humidity will turn to a cool breeze.  That means it is time to get ready for the heating season ahead.  And, if the Farmer’s Almanac predictions are correct, we are in for a colder winter than last year.

I would like to thank our utility company partners for inviting NJ SHARES to speak at their community events this month. With the Federal Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) opening on October 1, NJ SHARES will take applications for households whose income is above the LIHEAP 200 percent Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and up to 400 percent FPL. Click here for more information on the eligibility guidelines for the NJ SHARES energy assistance program.

I would also like to commend the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN), for its recently released research report titled, The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice, and Poverty in New Jersey.  This major report focuses on the ways that structural racism perpetuates poverty in our state and will be highlighted at the APN’s annual summit taking place on October 27.   It reflects two years of hard work by a dedicated group of authors with the intention of starting a conversation about these very important issues.

In 2018, NJ SHARES will celebrate 20 years of being an energy safety net for our neighbors in need and in recognition this milestone, we will host a unique and exciting fundraising event.  NJ SHARES’ Cool Down for Warmth will take place on February 1 and 2.  Cool Down for Warmth will be the biggest event we have ever held, thanks in part to the use of virtual technology which will allow our supporters from throughout the state to join in the excitement from home.  For additional details click on this video link (add video link) introducing the event or visit www.njshares.org/CoolDownforWarmth.

As always, I would like to thank all of our partners, friends and supporters throughout the state – especially as we gear up for another harsh winter season.  It is because of your generous support that we have been able to provide our neighbors throughout New Jersey with the energy assistance they need.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob


What's New


NJ SHARES to Build Ice House for 20th Anniversary!

As part of our efforts to help our neighbors and showcase the critical importance of heat during the cold winter months, we will be hosting a unique and exciting fundraising opportunity called NJ SHARES’ Cool Down for Warmth!

Cool Down for Warmth celebrates NJ SHARES’ 20 years of providing energy assistance to households with nowhere else to turn. On January 31, world renowned Ice and Sand Sculptor, Ed Jarrett will team up with NJ SHARES to build an Ice House on the Prudential Center Championship Plaza in Newark. The New Jersey Devils will serve as event hosts.  The fundraiser will take place on February 1 and wrap-up on February 2. NJ SHARES friends and supporters will help us to raise funds by sitting inside the cold ice house and seeking donations to benefit NJ SHARES. Willing participants will create a Crowdrise event page and pledge to stay in the house until they have met a fundraising goal of $2,500 per team, or $1,000 per individual.  Donations may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies and 100 percent of the donations and matching funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants to qualified New Jersey households in need.

To add to the excitement - the Devils will offer discounted tickets to their February 1 game against the Flyers to all NJ SHARES supporters. The ticket offer will be available on our website soon.

Will you sit in the Ice House? Visit njshares.org/CoolDownforWarmth to learn how you can join in the fun!



Your Voice Was Heard; LIHEAP to be Funded.

Congratulations! Your voices in support of protecting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) were heard.  This important program helped nearly 275,000 New Jersey low income households stay safe and healthy last year and will open again on October 1.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing earlier this month for the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, providing funding for LIHEAP of $3.39 billion, the same level as provided in the House.

With this decision, both the House and Senate have rejected the Administration’s proposal to zero out LIHEAP. It is important that the fiscal year 2018 funds are released to address continuity of service and avoid disruption of programs at the state and local level. Our partners at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition continue to work with the National Energy Assistance Directors Association and our other partners to encourage a timely release of funds.


Events


Pictured at one of the 18 events are Atlantic City Electric’s Alita Corbett, NJ SHARES’ Dena Shipley and NJNG’s Luisa Sala and Greg Seitz.

NJ SHARES Takes Applications at NJNG Energy Assistance Days

To ready the community for the upcoming heating season, New Jersey Natural Gas hosted 18 Energy Assistance Application Days throughout their service territory in Monmouth, Morris and Ocean counties. Along with other partner agencies, NJ SHARES was on hand to take applications and provide information about our programs. The events kicked off in Lakewood on September 6th, and were held in Union Beach, Little Egg Harbor, Redbank, Neptune, Jackson, Belmar, Toms River, Brick, Morris Plains, Asbury Park, Eatontown, Bayville, Long Beach Island, Keansburg, Freehold and Long Branch. The events will conclude in Morris County in October with an energy assistance day scheduled in Denville.  For more information, visit New Jersey Natural Gas’ website.  




Jim Jacob presents at ACE Summit.

NJ SHARES Presents Program Information at ACE Summit

Jim Jacob had the opportunity to showcase NJ SHARES programs to more than 100 representatives of non-profit and government agencies who attended the annual Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Energy Assistance Summit on August 31 at the company’s headquarters in Mays Landing.

The event provided attendees information on energy assistance programs and resources available for Atlantic City Electric customers, among other pertinent topics. Check out Jim Jacob on the ACE Energy Summit Video thanking ACE for their partnership which spans 20 years! 




Pictured at the event (left to right inside the tent) are NJ SHARES’ Hannah Ayoub, our partners from Sun Bank, Rachel T. Lefkowitz and Mariya Burnell, and Sun Bank Retail/Branch Personnel, Linda Williams, Sherry Hammond and Nicole Agopian.

NJ SHARES Highlights Programs at Family Food Relief Event

NJ SHARES had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of families served by the Family Food Relief of New Jersey at their recent bi-annual bulk food sale event held at the Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium on September 13.

Thanks to Sun National Bank for inviting NJ SHARES to share their space in their Financial Literacy tent at the event.  Partners such as Sun Bank and the Family Food Relief organization share our commitment to  helping the struggling households in our state by proving the wrap around services they need.  Working collaboratively, we were able to provide food, utility and financial literacy information to better serve the households who need our help.

 




NJ SHARES' Barbara Gomes talks to NJECC organizers at the charitable campaign kick off event.

NJ SHARES Reaches Out to State Employees, Takes Part in New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign

NJ SHARES is proud to be a charitable agency of the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC).  Since 1985, New Jersey state employees have been generously contributing to NJECC approved charitable agencies and organizations via one-time cash or check donations or by authorizing regular paycheck deductions.  Participating agencies need to meet extremely strict guidelines in order to obtain approval each year. Last year, the NJ state employee charitable campaign raised more than $700,000 for participating charities.  NJ SHARES was delighted be a part of the NJECC Kick-Off and Agency Fair earlier this month at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. During the event, charitable agencies from around the state gathered to network with and present information about their individual charities to state employees taking part in the NJECC program.

Thanks to NJ SHARES hosted a table at the event, answering questions and providing information about our various assistance programs.  We would like to thank the 2017 NJECC co-chairs David Weinstein, Chief Technology Officer for the NJ Office of Information Technology and Dr. Harvey Kesselman, President of Stockton University.

NJ SHARES will also be at the following NJECC Agency Fairs this fall:

  • Tuesday, October 17 - 11 a.m. to 2p.m. – Department of Education in Trenton
  • Tuesday October 24 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Department of Transportation in Ewing
  • Wednesday, October 25 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Department of Labor in Trenton

We appreciate the donations that we have already received from New Jersey state employees as part of this charitable giving program.  Thank you to all involved for helping our neighbors throughout the state obtain the energy assistance they need.



NJ SHARES Showcases Programs at Bergen County Senior Picnic

The Annual Bergen County Senior Picnic drew hundreds of local seniors for an enjoyable day of lunch, crafts and entertainment at Van Saun Park in Paramus.  NJ SHARES hosted an information table at the event to speak about the programs available to households struggling to pay their energy, telephone and water utilities. NJ SHARES’ programs help seniors and other disadvantaged households stay safe in their homes, offering access to heat, cooling, water and telephone services. We highlighted the Verizon Communications Lifeline program which ensures that seniors can stay connected to loved ones, caregivers and doctors telephone in case of an emergency.

The event was hosted by the Bergen County Executive, James J. Tedesco III together with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Human Services and the Bergen County Division of Senior Services.


Agency Spotlight


Pictured at PRAB are Miklos Bognar Manager, Weatherization, Sonia Rivas-Auditor, Tiago Pedreiro-Auditor, Betty Wilson-Administrative Assistant and Haydee Segura-Administrative Assistant.

NJ SHARES Highlights PRAB (also known as the Puerto Rican Action Board)

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 230 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus, but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  “At NJ SHARES, we believe it is important to empower our communities to provide assistance in their neighborhoods so that people have access to assistance in a place they feel comfortable asking for help,” said Jim Jacob NJ SHARES President and CEO.

This month we want to highlight our partner PRAB.

PRAB (Puerto Rican Action Board) was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit in 1971 and has partnered with NJ SHARES to provide utility assistance since our inception in 1998.  PRAB’s mission is to offer services that improve the quality of life for the low-income population of central New Jersey.  PRAB offers a comprehensive human services program with a wide range of assistance and advocacy programs in Middlesex County including weatherization services. 

PRAB was recently named as the administrative agency for the Weatherization Assistance Program in Mercer County.   The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for low income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. Energy efficiency measures could include repair or replacement of heating systems and hot water heaters, doors, windows, door sweeps, weather stripping, wall and attic insulation, caulking, air filters LED bulbs, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, pipe insulation, health and safety tests, radon mitigation and asbestos removal. These are all free for families that qualify based on income and family size. On average, annual home energy costs can be reduced by $413 or more after the home undergoes weatherization. Interested applicants should submit an application along with proof of identification, current utility bills, proof of address, and proof of income to the PRAB office located at 90 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08902, Attention: Weatherization Department.

PRAB also has walk-in satellite locations throughout Mercer County including:

  • Jewish Family & Children Services -707 Alexander Road, Suite 204 Princeton - Tuesdays 10am-1pm
  • The PSEG office -28 West State Street, Trenton -  every Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm
  • Rise - 116 North Main Street, Hightstown - Tuesdays from 9am-12pm
  • First United Methodist Church - 187 Stockton Street, Hightstown - Thursdays from 4pm-6pm
  •  Ewing Senior and Community Center -  999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing Thursdays from 10am -2pm.

 Applications can be downloaded at www.prab.org or call 609-323-7200 for an appointment, information or questions. They are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Pictured at PRAB are Miklos Bognar Manager, Weatherization, Sonia Rivas-Auditor, Tiago Pedreiro-Auditor, Betty Wilson-Administrative Assistant and Haydee Segura-Administrative Assistant.



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