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10/28/2016

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Today, the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN) will release five systematic recommendations to dismantling structural racism in the Garden State to an audience of approximately 250 participants at its Annual Poverty Summit. Held at Middlesex County College in Edison, the Poverty Summit’s theme of Solving Poverty: Working Together for Racial and Economic Justice, stemmed from a year-long study on understanding the systemic factors that perpetuate poverty and the need to engage diverse stakeholders in solutions that can grow opportunity, not poverty, in New Jersey.

NJ SHARES along with representatives from direct service organizations, advocacy groups, the faith community, government partners, academics and individuals who have experienced poverty will participate in the Summit.  APN is a membership organization of concerned individuals focused on preventing, reducing and ending poverty in New Jersey. The summit gathers partners and members from around the state to learn about and strategize solutions to end poverty. The full report is expected to be released next year.

I would also like to note the 11th anniversary of the opening of our Call Center and commend Verizon for its support on behalf of this important initiative.  You will learn more about the specific services offered by the Call Center and Verizon New Jersey’s involvement in the program in an article later in this newsletter featuring our successful collaboration.

It is important to work together; in this case, reports such as the APN Report and programs like our Call Center help us to better provide solutions to our client’s needs in their journey to self sufficiency.  Our work would not be possible without the support of our individual donors, agency partners, utility companies and corporate funders. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity which allows us to continue to help our neighbors in need.

Regards,

Jim Jacob


What's New


NJ SHARES marks Energy Action Month with Comfort Partners Program Outreach.

NJ SHARES Recognizes Energy Action Month

The month of October has been designated as Energy Action Month by President Obama. The official proclamation states, “During National Energy Action Month, we rededicate ourselves to securing a more prosperous and energy-independent future. As climate change continues to threaten our planet, we must join together to reduce our carbon emissions, protect our environment, and leave behind a cleaner and more resilient world for generations to come.”

NJ SHARES recognizes the importance of National Energy Action Month as we continue to advocate for energy efficiency.  By working to educate New Jersey residents and others on the critical need to maintain a clean environment, we encourage those we serve to be aware of their energy consumption levels.  One of the important initiatives we support and promote is The New Jersey Comfort Partners Program, offered through The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).  This free energy saving and education program is available to qualified low-income customers.  In addition to learning about ways to conserve energy and make their homes more energy efficient, participants may receive energy savings products (determined on a home-specific basis) such as efficient lighting products, water heaters, insulation and more, all installed free of charge.  For a complete list of programs, visit the BPU website: www.state.nj.us/bpu/residential/program.

Recently, NJ SHARES had the opportunity to work with PSE&G to provide outreach and education on the Comfort Partners program to Mercer County residents who received assistance from NJ SHARES programs and who also may qualify for free energy efficiency measures. 

 




NJ SHARES Client Call Center Sponsored by Verizon celebrates 11 years of service.

NJ SHARES Client Service Call Center Celebrates Anniversary

This month, NJ SHARES marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of our Call Center. The NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center, sponsored by Verizon, assists people on the application and enrollment process for Verizon New Jersey’s Communications Lifeline program and 10 additional programs for which clients may be categorically eligible.  Today, our partnership with Verizon is stronger than ever, providing help to more than 100,000 households in need each year. The NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached toll-free at 888-337-3339. For more information, visit: www.njshares.org/otherPrograms/communications-lifeline.asp.  




The NJ Devils ‘Share the Warmth’ with NJ SHARES Night to be held January 20, 2017!

NJ SHARES Night with the New Jersey DEVILS

Save the Date... Our next NJ SHARES Night with the New Jersey DEVILS is January 20, 2017! The New Jersey Devils will once again ‘Share the Warmth’ as they take the ice, on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM against the Montreal Canadiens, by offering DISCOUNTED stadium tickets to our supporters with proceeds benefiting NJ SHARES!  Come support NJ SHARES as the Community Assist Partner of the Night!

  • Group Seating at the Game
  • Discounted Group Ticket
  • Group Welcome on the Scoreboard
  • Group Gift for Everyone in Attendance

To Order Tickets, Please Visit: www.newjerseydevils.com/njshares17 – Promo Code: njshares17

Order deadline is December 30, 2016.  If you experience technical problems with the discount code or need printable tickets, please call Joshua Malakoff at 973-757-6162.  Download the PDF for ticket Pricing and Details Note: The promo code is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.




Barbara Gomes Development Director for NJ SHARES talks to state employees about NJ SHARES programs at multiple events around the state this month.

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

NJ SHARES is proud to be a participating 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. 

This month, NJ SHARES was able to meet with state employees at the Department of Education, the Office of Information and Technology, the Civil Service Commission, the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Transportation. We provided details on our organization and explained how their NJECC contributions help those in need throughout New Jersey to pay their energy, telephone and water bills. 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.




Maria Tramo, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager – West Trenton present a grant to Jim Jacob President and Barbara Gomes Development Director for NJ SHARES.

Investors Foundation Donates $5,000 to NJ SHARES’ Energy Assistance Program

Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, recently gave a $5,000 grant to help NJ SHARES resolve qualified household's immediate utility needs enabling families to stay safe in their homes while they regain self sufficiency.

“Unforeseen circumstances affect us all, and it’s thanks to NJ SHARES that residents of New Jersey don't have to worry about those struggles affecting their ability to provide clean water and electricity in their homes for their families,” said Maria Tramo, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager – West Trenton.

“Too many of our neighbors are struggling and living paycheck-to-paycheck. NJ SHARES’ assistance helps families in temporary crises avoid the hard choices of whether to feed their family, pay the rent, or keep the lights on,” said Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES. “This grant from the Investors Foundation will help to strengthen our communities by providing utility assistance for low- and moderate-income households who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.”

 


Community OUtreach


Residents attend Rahway Health Fair.

NJ SHARES Participates in Rahway Health Fair

The Minority Task Force on Aging of Union County and the Union County Department of Human Services held its annual health fair on Saturday, September 24, at the Rahway Senior Citizens Center located at 1306 Esterbrook Avenue. NJ SHARES provided information on our energy program as well as Verizon’s Communication Lifeline program.  Other organizations were available to discuss many areas of interest and offered materials for attendees to take home. Professionals were on hand to administer hearing tests and to perform blood pressure screenings.




Somerset County Residents Attend Disability Services Fair.

NJ SHARES Provides Outreach at Somerset Disability Fair

On Saturday, October 1, the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services held a countywide Disability Services Fair at the Thomas Kavanaugh VFW Hall located at 600 Washington Street in Manville. This event focused on the interests and needs of individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and friends, but was open to all in the Somerset County community.

This year, in addition to the Provider Services exhibit tables there was a workshop which covered Special Needs Financial Planning and information on the new ABLE 529 - type accounts. Also new this year was a Kids Korner, which freed up parents to visit and speak with exhibitors more freely.  




Taking applications at the Atlantic City Convention Center are NJ SHARES’ Kimberly Warrick and Alisa Guenther from Spruce Family Center for Success.

NJ SHARES Continues Outreach to South Jersey Casino Workers

NJ SHARES has been working with local and state agencies such as: Unite HERE! Local 54; the Department of Labor; Stockton University; Atlantic City Electric and New Day Family Success Center to provide resources and assistance to those who have been displaced by the casino closings in Atlantic City.  More than 10,000 jobs have been lost in the city since 2014, affecting multiple southern NJ counties.

This month, NJ SHARES was present at 5 events in the area to educate the community on our programs as well as take applications for qualified households who brought their required financial and household documents with them. These events also provided education on resume preparation and interview presentation.




NJ SHARES' Dena Shipley and New Jersey Natural Gas' Tom Hayes pose for a photo at the NJNG Energy Forum in Lakewood.

NJ SHARES Attends New Jersey Natural Gas Customer and Energy Forums

New Jersey Natural Gas held its annual Customer and Energy Forums this month in three counties - Ocean, Monmouth and Morris.  The first was held on October 6 in Lakewood, the second was held on October 13 at the Parsippany Hilton and the last one was held on October 20 at the Sheraton in Eatontown.

The purpose of the annual forums are to efficiently address energy assistance needs and provide information on valuable resources available through New Jersey Natural Gas. The forum also provides an opportunity to share views on the company. 




Pictured are Martha Nealer, Assistant Director for United Way of Salem County; Tisha Owens, Community Service Assistant for The Salvation Army Salem; Dena Shipley, Outreach Coordinator for NJ SHARES and Alita Corbett, Customer & Community Relations.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at the United Way of Salem County Resource Fair

United Way of Salem County's Faith Works Council hosted its second annual Resource Fairs this month. The first was held at the John B. Campbell Center, 114 Walnut Street in Salem on October 11th and the second was held at the Bishop Williams Community Center, 44 Willis Street in Penns Grove.

The Resource Fairs were designed to give the community access to helpful information from various agencies.  Participants were encouraged to bring information with them to screen their eligibility for various assistance programs including NJ SHARES energy, telephone and water resources.  Supplies such as baby food, wipes, diapers, wash, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and other personal hygiene goods were available to participants at no cost.

 




NJ SHARES Celebrates Fall with 2 Mercer county community events held in Veterans Park.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at Hamilton’s Veterans Park Events - Oktoberfest and Fall Fest 5K

The Hamilton recreation department held Oktoberfest in Veterans Park on Saturday, October 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  NJ SHARES joined the fun as an exhibitor and was able to talk to the participating community about our assistance programs. 

NJ SHARES will return to Veterans Park on Saturday, October 29 to exhibit our programs to the community participants of the Fall Fest 5K to benefit the Healthy Living Program of the Mercer County Hamilton Area YMCA.


Agency Spotlight


CICDC Staff and Agency Partners of NJ SHARES pictured are Lamia Whitehead, Intern; Damaris Ramirez, Program Director; Juana Kearney, Assistant; Anamar Burgos, Intern.  Not pictured but an integral part of the team is Brooklyn Sierra.

Cathedral International Community Development Corporation (CICDC)

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.  This month we are pleased to highlight our more than 10 year partnership with the Cathedral International Community Development Corporation located in Perth Amboy and serving Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

Founded by Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. in 1990, the Cathedral International Community Development Corporation (CICDC) is a non profit 501 (c)3 corporation organized  to focus on the economic development of the surrounding Perth Amboy community. The CICDC philosophy is to Empower Educate and Emancipate. That philosophy ultimately seeks to invest in human capital through the creation of jobs, life skills training, affordable and quality housing, education, economic development and access to critical support services. The mission of the CICDC is to proactively serve the critical needs of the surrounding communities and the church by providing faith-based social services and economic development opportunities.

“At NJ SHARES we feel very privileged for the longevity and strength of our partnership with the Cathedral International Community Development Corporation and our continued joint commitment to neighbors helping neighbors,” said Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES President and CEO.

“New Jersey SHARES is a good program for our families in crisis who do not qualify for other State or Federal programs.  The majority of clients that we see are referred by the utility companies and are not even aware that they qualify for assistance,” said Damaris Ramirez, CICDC Program Director.



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