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Jim Jacob, President & CEO
Colder weather means more of the household budget will be spent to keep the heat on. For some of our New Jersey neighbors, the extra burden will be too much to bear.
The New Year wasted no time bringing cold-weather challenges for New Jerseyans. In fact, New Year’s Day was the coldest on record in our state at 6 degrees. By the first week, we were covered in snow by a rapidly intensifying winter storm that had us all talking about a bomb cyclone, and debating the definition of blizzard and nor’easter. Whipping winds and the unforgiving polar vortex unleashed bitterly cold air that continues to break below freezing records across the state.
With your support, NJ SHARES offers a safety-net for low- to moderate-income families who do not qualify for low income programs but due to a financial crisis coupled with the high cost of living are struggling to stay afloat.
Relying on the generosity of our neighbors who donate and the utility companies who match those donations as well as our corporate and foundation contributors, NJ SHARES offers grants for electric and natural gas assistance at a maximum combined grant of up to $1,400. Visit www.njshares.org to see how your warm heart can heat a home.
A special thank you to Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Public Service Electric and Gas, Rockland Electric, South Jersey Gas and our other energy program partners for their 20 years of support which continues to provide solutions to our New Jersey neighbors who have nowhere else to turn.
We are also very grateful to Verizon NJ, SUEZ Water and NJ American Water for their continued partnership which helps NJ SHARES provide needed assistance to their customers as they face any financial challenges.
And a very special thank you to our agency and legislative network of partners who connect their clients and constituents with our programs throughout the year.
Utility Assistance Programs Available for Working Households
NJ SHARES provides utility bill assistance to moderate- and fixed-income households experiencing a financial emergency, allowing our neighbors to remain safe and warm in their home while they work on resolving their financial burdens.
In New Jersey, sustainability for a family in many counties is 400 percent of the federal poverty level (about $80,000 annually for a family of 3) because the cost of living, especially housing, is so high. NJ SHARES extends the energy safety net to 400 percent of the federal poverty level – double the income qualifier of the federal program. This eligibility rule allows us to help a group of people who would otherwise have nowhere to turn when things go off track and they need help to steady them on their path to sustainability.
In addition to our existing statewide energy assistance program, NJ SHARES has partnered with Atlantic City Electric (ACE) to administer their Helping Hands program which will provide a maximum grant of $200 to ACE residential customers who earn income less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The ACE Helping Hands grant can be applied to utility bills in addition to NJ SHARES or LIHEAP assistance. This is great news for the population in South Jersey that has been suffering through very difficult economic times.
Visit www.njshares.org for more information on how to apply for assistance.
|Cool down for warmth - Updates
Winter is Here, and the Ice House is Coming
Cool Down for Warmth presented by PSE&G is almost here! We are about to embark on a momentous event that marks our 20th anniversary of providing warmth to others.
NJ SHARES is teaming up with the New Jersey Devils for this unique fundraising event. An 8 x 12-foot Ice House will be assembled on Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza in Newark by Guinness World Record Holder Ed Jarrett on January 31, and from February 1-2, all are invited to support individuals and families in need by raising funds while they sit in the Ice House.
Championship Plaza will also be abuzz with activity on the 1st – a variety of fun, family-friendly activities will accompany the Ice House including an Ice House Selfie Wall, Devils’ fan activities like Slapshot Hockey and VIP/celeb drop-ins with hot chocolate provided by The Salvation Army from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Teams are in formation now and individual fundraising efforts are underway – detailed event and donation information can be found online at njshares.org/cooldownforwarmth
Connect with NJ SHARES on social media for event details in real-time by liking “New Jersey SHARES” on Facebook, following @NewJerseySHARES on Twitter and @newjerseyshares on Instagram. You can also utilize the official Cool Down for Warmth presented by PSE&G event hashtags in any of your social media posts – #CoolDown4WarmthNJ and #NJSIceHouse2018.
ITíS NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE!
Teams are still being formed and individual fundraising efforts are underway for our Cool Down for Warmth presented by PSE&G fundraising event.
Anyone can join a team, fundraise individually or contribute to an existing team. For those interested in joining a team or participating as an individual, it is easy to set up an account on CrowdRise at https://www.crowdrise.com/NJSHARESCoolDownforWarmth and start to fundraise for the cause. You can also donate to an existing team or team member via the same Crowdrise site.
Donations may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match from NJ SHARES’ partner utility companies, and 100 percent of donations and matching funds will provide utility assistance grants to New Jersey individuals and families in need through NJ SHARES’ assistance programs.
Additional donation information can be found at: njshares.org/cooldownforwarmth.
Questions? Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Thank You to all the generous sponsors for our Cool Down for Warmth presented by PSE&G fundraising event:
New Jersey Devils
Atlantic City Electric, an Exelon Company
New Jersey Natural Gas
Jersey Central Power & Light/A FirstEnergy Company
Sun National Bank
South Jersey Gas
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Credit Union of New Jersey Foundation
…And many more!
Your support allows NJ SHARES to continue our work and mission of providing utility assistance grants to individuals and families in need throughout the state through various programs.
New Jersey Resources Launches Their Ice House Challenge
NJ SHARES is so excited to announce that New Jersey Resources, parent company of New Jersey Natural Gas, has launched an Ice House challenge for our Cool Down for Warmth event!
Adding some fun to the mix, New Jersey Resources has elected two of their executives to compete to stay out of the NJ SHARES Ice House. Kathy “The Ice Queen” Ellis and Craig “The Iceberg” Lynch are collecting donations from supporters to keep them out of the Ice House – whoever raises the least will be sent to the NJ SHARES Ice House to sit for 30 minutes on February 1 to Cool Down for Warmth.
Donations to NJ SHARES’ energy assistance programs will help families, senior citizens and veterans stay warm this winter. All donations raised through the New Jersey Natural Gas company challenge will help households in New Jersey Natural Gas company service territory, and may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match.
Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/NJSHARESCoolDownforWarmth and pick a New Jersey Resources team or any team that you would like to help stay warm – your generous donation will help warm a home this winter!
New Jersey DEVILS Share the Warmth Ė Discounted Tickets Still Available!
Come out to the New Jersey DEVILS vs Philadelphia Flyers game the night of February 1 at the Prudential Center and check out our Cool Down for Warmth Ice House on Championship Plaza! The New Jersey Devils, our host sponsor, have made discounted tickets available for NJ SHARES supporters via the hyperlinked text above – hope to see you at the game!
New Jersey Performing Art Centerís ďAinít Misbehavin'Ē Benefits NJ SHARES
We are excited that New Jersey Performing Art Center (NJPAC) is one of our Cool Down for Warmth event partners!
NJPAC will be hosting the musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’” from February 1-4 – a show that highlights the struggle of paying rent, and aligns with NJ SHARES’ mission to raise funds for paying the utility bills! The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Fats Waller song.
Tickets sales to the Ain’t Misbehavin’ performances from February 1-4 will benefit NJ SHARES – you can purchase your tickets and support NJ SHARES via this link:
NJ SHARES Exhibits Programs at Seton Hall Pirates Game
On Saturday, January 13, NJ SHARES’ Monica Grybowski had the opportunity to speak with Seton Hall Pirates fans at the Prudential Center about NJ SHARES programs and the Cool Down for Warmth event! Thanks to the Seton Hall Pirates for supporting NJ SHARES and our Cool Down for Warmth event!