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Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES.

NJ SHARES’ CEO Contributes Data and Concern for Limited Income Population

James Jacob, president and CEO of NJ SHARES was recently quoted in an article in the Courier-News focusing on the number of working poor in New Jersey.  And the news is sobering.  Over the past year, the number of people requesting energy assistance in Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Morris counties was almost two times higher than in the past.

The United Way of Northern New Jersey recently released its annual Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) report focusing on the more than 1.1 million households in New Jersey who fall into this category.   These are the people who are working and earn above national poverty level but not enough to pay all of their bills.  The number of ALICE households In New Jersey increased by 7.7 percent between 2010 and 2011 according to the report, with a total of 1,149,000.

Our data at NJ SHARES reveals that 80 percent of those we assist are employed but are unable to survive financially.  In addition, 71 percent of the households we assist have a vulnerable family member.

Jacob said, “NJ SHARES commends the United Way for their efforts to make legislators and other policy leaders aware of the crisis situation faced by so many New Jersey residents through the ALICE report.  These are hard working people who are trying to make ends meet, but they are falling short.  At NJ SHARES we will continue to work to provide assistance for those in need, but it is not without the support of our partner agencies.  We will continue to work together with organizations such as the United Way to raise awareness of this important issue.”

U.S.D.H.H.S. Publishes 2014 Poverty Guideline

The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines which is the measure used to determine eligibility for most programs.

The changes affect the NJ SHARES program caps for energy, telephone and water assistance programs. All income rules have been updated and will be effective February 1, 2014.

NJ SHARES Energy, Verizon Communications Lifeline and New Jersey American Water Assistance Training Packets and Useful Tool materials are updated to reflect the income guideline policy change. NJ SHARES’ partner agencies can download this information from the intake system. For questions, contact

NJ SHARES Board of Directors.

NJ SHARES' Board Increases Electric Service Grant

The NJ SHARES’ Board of Directors decided to increase the NJ SHARES electric service grant from $300.00 to $500.00. The decision stemmed from carefully deliberating the impact evaluation conducted by APPRISE and the impact NJ SHARES electric service grant has on bill balances for our clients.

The change went into effect on January 1, 2014 which was the start of the new program year. NJ SHARES heating grant maximums for the 2014 program year remain the same.  The maximum grant per electric heat or natural gas is $700.00. Client’s who receive an electric heat grant do not qualify for an electric service grant.

Donors’ Warm Hearts Heat Mercury Past Goal

NJ SHARES’ donors raise more than $650,000 in energy assistance for 2013, exceeding the $500,000 goal. Thanks to our donors warm hearts and generous support, we can continue to help our neighbors in need stay warm this cold winter season. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Greg Seitz, NJ SHARES Board Member and New Jersey Natural Gas representative presents Jim Jacob with the $15,000 contribution.

New Jersey Natural Gas Donates $15,000 to Celebrate NJ SHARES' 15th Anniversary

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) presented a generous $15,000 donation to New Jersey SHARES (NJ SHARES) to assist in their statewide Energy Assistance Program.

Mr. Laurence Downes, CEO of New Jersey Natural Resources, who last month accepted the NJ SHARES' NEIGHBORHOOD HERO award on behalf of New Jersey Natural Gas stated, “In recognition of its 15 years of service, New Jersey Natural Gas is proud to support and contribute to NJ SHARES’ mission of helping neighbors in need.  No one should have to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table, but for too many families that is a reality they are faced with every day.  As a critical part of New Jersey’s energy safety net, NJ SHARES helps to ease the burden for those facing difficult times and make a difference where it is needed most.  New Jersey Natural Gas shares that same commitment.”

“As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary, NJ SHARES would like to thank New Jersey Natural Gas for their generous donation and support of our mission to help our neighbors in need,” said Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES. “Their valued partnership and continued support help New Jersey families in need by ensuring the necessary funds are always available to help qualifying households stay safe and warm in their homes during these colder winter months.”


Join Us for a Dine Out To Donate Event at Krogh's in Sparta on Sunday, February 23.

Another Dine-Out-To-Donate is scheduled!   This time we invite you to join us on Sunday, February 23, at Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta, NJ.  Kroghs will donate 10% of the proceeds all day on Sunday to NJ SHARES! And in honor of our 15th anniversary celebration, Kroghs will feature an ‘ Electric SHAREStini’ drink special. This special drink will sell for $15.00 and $5 of every sale will go to NJ SHARES.  100% of all raised will go to help your neighbor in need -  so come out and join us! If you click the link and bring the flyer to Kroghs, they will donate an additional $1.00 for every flyer turned in!


President's letter

Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES.

January marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a War on Poverty.  NJ SHARES joins with our colleagues at the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and our friends and partners across the state as we remember this important mission and recommit ourselves to helping fight the War on Poverty by assisting low and moderate income families in crisis.

For far too many people, the chilling cold of the winter season triggers a crisis situation as the higher cost of utility bills cause them to slip deeper and deeper into debt. For a family in need, many times all that is required is a helping hand.  Helping households through a temporary financial downturn by providing assistance with utility bills can make the difference between a family sinking into poverty, or being able to weather the storm.

We thank our donors and our legislative and agency partners for their critical support which makes it possible for us to provide Energy Assistance programs for New Jersey residents in need, especially during these cold winter months. With the generous assistance of our supporters, NJ SHARES serves as a safety net, helping families and individuals during a financial crisis.

Our donors are our heroes, be a hero in your neighborhood and donate to NJ SHARES today.

Warm Regards,

Jim Jacob

agency spotlight

Jeanne Yaecker and Kathy Muller from Freehold Area Open Door.

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 240 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  This month, we highlight Freehold Area Open Door, Inc.

Freehold Area Open Door, Inc. (Open Door) is a non-profit 501(c3) interfaith agency that provides emergency food, emergency funding, mentoring and scholarships to those in need from the Freehold area. It is administered by a 16 member volunteer Board of Trustees, 2 part-time salaried employees and over 150 volunteers.

Open Door was founded in 1970 as a joint mission effort of several local congregations providing clothing. In 1987, Open Door changed into a food pantry based on the increasing problem of hunger. Since 1987, Open Door has initiated 4 additional programs to meet the growing needs: a Food Pantry Program, an Emergency Funding/Advocacy Program, an After School Program and a Scholarship Program.

‘We are happy to be able to provide the NJ SHARES energy assistance program to our neighbors who are faced with the difficult choices of heating their home or providing food for their family.’ – said Open Door’s Director, Jeanne Yaecker.

agency toolbox

All agencies were issued updated energy, telephone and water program packets that reflect the new federal poverty level calculation. The packets are available to download when signing into the NJ SHARES secure site. If you have questions or would like to schedule training for the 2014 program year, please contact us at

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