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As we prepared for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival this weekend, we imagined the experience of not having utilities for the basic needs, such as cooking, showering, washing clothes - all routine things we do to stay healthy and safe.
Jim Jacob, President and CEO
Could you imagine the stress associated with not having utilities to keep your loved ones healthy and safe because a temporary crisis such as a job loss or illness caused you to not be able to afford the bill? Our clients try hard to pay their bills. In fact, 98 percent of our grant recipients paid 80 percent of their balance one year after receiving help from us.
NJ SHARES is making a larger impact for seniors, 21 percent of households served represent this population. A recent impact study, provided to us by Applied Public Policy for Research and Evaluation (APPRISE) revealed that 23 percent of our 2011 grant recipients claim social security or pension as their income source. This is up from 5 percent in 2010 and up 10 percent since 2007.
NJ SHARES continues to assist those hit by the Great Recession. Similar to 2010 recipients, 14% of 2011 recipients reported receipt of unemployment compensation, compared to 12% in 2009 and about 5% in previous years. Similar to 2010 recipients, 11% of 2011 recipients reported unemployment as reason for grant application, compared to 8% in 2009, and 2% to 6% in previous years.
Be a neighborhood hero and donate to NJ SHARES today. 100 percent of your donation goes to help your neighbor in need and if you indicate your utility company, they will match your contribution dollar for dollar. To find out more, visit: http://www.njshares.org/howYouCanHelp/index.asp.
The safety of our neighbors, families and friends are of paramount importance to us, visit the Board of Public Utilities site for instructions on reporting downed wires and other safety tips associated with the impending storm. http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/pdf/announcements/2012/emergency.pdf
Pictured are Barbara Gomes, Director of Outreach and Communication and Tami Gerki, Director of Regional Community Relations & Economic Development for AGL Resources.
NJ SHARES Received a $20,000 Grant from Elizabethtown Gas Company
Elizabethtown Gas, through the philanthropic arm of its parent company AGL Resources, awarded NJ SHARES a $20,000 grant toward energy assistance.
“We are proud to be a partner of NJ SHARES since the founding in 1998. As a company it is important to us to maintain a keen sensitivity to issues affecting our communities and we are dedicated to the safety of our customers,” said Tami Gerki, Director of Regional Community Relations & Economic Development for AGL Resources.
“We are very grateful to the AGL Foundation, they demonstrate their long term commitment to their New Jersey customers by ensuring an emergency fund is available to help qualifying households stay safe and warm in their homes as we head into the colder months,” said Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES. Jacob continued, “Together we have been able to help thousands of New Jersey households with their energy bills.”
The foundation grant follows Elizabethtown Gas’ customers raising more than $25,000 in energy assistance this year. Elizabethtown Gas celebrated the generosity of their customers by matching their contributions dollar for dollar.
PNC Foundation Awards $10,000 to NJ SHARES
The PNC Foundation awarded NJ SHARES a grant to purchase energy conservation kits that will be used to continue the NJ SHARES outreach and education program promoting efficiency measures to aid low and moderate income families in their efforts to conserve energy, save money and stay warm.
NJ SHARES President and CEO, Jim Jacob said, “We are grateful to the PNC Foundation for recognizing NJ SHARES efforts to provide holistic solutions and stretch resources for households struggling to maintain self-sufficiency. The conservation kits will assist our grant recipients with managing their energy usage and equip our neighbors with the knowledge and tools to become more energy efficient.”
Social Security Makes Retiring Online Easy and Secure
Old-Age (retirement), Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)—popularly referred to as Social Security—provides monthly benefits to an eligible worker and family members when the worker elects to start receiving retirement benefits or when the worker dies or becomes disabled. A worker's lifetime covered earnings largely determines the amount of benefits received.
It is especially important for those folks who have been unemployed but are now aging into OASDI to know that applying for the benefit is easy and secure online. For more information visit: www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213.