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president's message

Jim Jacob, President & CEO

November reminds us to reflect back on the important things in life, things that we are thankful for. Through the years, I have a lot to be thankful for and the work we are able to do at NJ SHARES is high on my list. Through the generosity of our donors, partner agencies, corporate and foundation sponsors, volunteers, Board, staff and friends we can celebrate the true impact made for 180,000 households.

Anyone can face a financial crisis and it is important to note that most NJ SHARES grant are provided to the working poor, those facing a temporary setback and those with vulnerable household members. A recent program-impact evaluation indicates that 82 percent of our grant recipients have employment income and a vulnerable household member. Fifty percent of households who received NJ SHARES assistance last year had a child under the age of 18 and 48 percent had a household member over 60 years old.

Your support renews hope for NJ SHARES grant recipients.  NJ SHARES assistance alleviates the household’s immediate crisis.  Though many grantees still carry balances after receiving NJ SHARES assistance, the report tell us that our grant recipients are successful at paying their bills after receiving our grant. In fact, nearly 80 percent of our grantees only received our assistance once.

As we work together to help our neighbors who are facing difficult circumstances, we are grateful for your continued support.  NJ SHARES is prepared to help as many qualified households as possible face the challenge of the upcoming winter season by helping them stay warm and safe in their homes this heating season. This year our average grant size has risen to $760, which is how much money a qualified household needed to restore or continue their utility service.

Your Warm Heart continues to make the lives of our neighbors better. Thank you for all that you do!

Best Regards,

Jim Jacob


What's New

Be Part of NJ SHARES' #Giving Tuesday Campaign

The generosity of people like you helps our neighbors avoid the tragedies associated with not having life-sustaining utility service.   NJ SHARES and more than 5,000 non-profits and businesses throughout the country are kicking off the giving season with our #GivingTuesday campaign. It’s not too early or too late for you to be part of this national movement – mark December 1st on your calendars and click here for more information on how to make a donation today.


NJ SHARES Supports Our Veterans

NJ SHARES wishes to thank our veterans who sacrifice so much!  In honor of Veterans Day, NJ SHARES joined the Anti-Poverty Network, the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition and the Community FoodBank of New Jerse in their social media campaign called #NJHungryHeroes. On November 11, we tweeted messages that recognize the economic struggles veterans face, and the importance of food assistance and other programs that support struggling veterans.


NJ SHARES night with NJ DEVILS, January 8, 2016!

NJ DEVILS Shares Discounted Tickets - Just for You!

Discount Tickets Available: NJ SHARES Night with the DEVILS – January 8, 2016! The New Jersey Devils will once again “Share the Warmth” as they take the ice on January 8, 2016 against the Boston Bruins by offering DISCOUNTED stadium tickets to our supporters with proceeds benefiting NJ SHARES! In addition, each ticket purchaser will receive a FREE Devils gift!

Purchase your tickets to the game today – NJ SHARES will be recognized as the Devils’ Community Assist Non-Profit of the Game on the 8th! You can mingle with us on the concourse and see our featured highlights during the game.

Tickets make great Holiday gifts and you can get your shopping done early. To purchase tickets, visit: and use promo code SHARES16. To purchase 10 or more tickets, email Mike Simonetta at  

UW Cares Now SUEZcares

New name, same great program! United Water Cares is now SUEZcares, one of two vital water assistance programs we administer at NJ SHARES.

United Water and NJ SHARES first partnered 10 years ago in 2005 to create the program. SUEZcares provides relief to people facing a temporary financial crisis by administering grants to help pay the water bills of households in need through a network of community-based social service agencies in United Water’s service territories.

For more information, call 1-888-942-8080 or visit NJ SHARES website for an online application and detailed eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Pictured from left to right are Briana Major (Program Assistant), Jennifer Lazor (Volunteer), Stephanie Villari (Program Specialist) and Arlene Grybowski (Assistant Manager Administration).

NJ SHARES Grant Processing Staff Ready to Assist

The team processing applications at NJ SHARES are a primary part of the assistance process.  Their role is to navigate through the important documents and applications submitted by our applicants and/or our agency network and ensure their accuracy. Then they work with each energy and water utility company in New Jersey (and some additional states for the SUEZcares program - formerly United Water Cares) to verify account information and grant award details.

Because electricity, natural gas and water are important to safety and quality of life, NJ SHARES grants are applied directly to the recipient’s utility account and service continuance or restoration is expedited.


NJ SHARES Participates in Public Employees Charitable Campaign November Event Series

NJ SHARES attended the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC) events this month where we had the opportunity to speak to public employees in Mercer County at the Agency Fairs hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and Mercer County Community College.

“Individual giving is the lifeblood of any charitable organization; even a small amount can add up to a large impact,” said NJ SHARES Development Director Barbara Gomes.

NJ SHARES thanks our public workers for their service to our shared community. Additionally, we thank our donors who continue to support our work and, in turn, help our neighbors avoid the tragedies associated with not having life-sustaining utility service.

NJ SHARES extends its sincerest gratitude to the volunteer organizers of the campaign, who we call the “organizers of philanthropy.” Your dedication makes an impact for so many. Thank you for your efforts to enrich the lives of our neighbors.

The NJECC kicked off in October and NJ SHARES attended a series of informational events to meet with public employees and thank them for donating and/or considering a future contribution to NJ SHARES. The NJECC is a campaign for public workers to make charitable contributions to the charities of their choice through payroll deductions. 

NJ SHARES Shows "American Winter" at Union County Human Service Advisory Council Meeting

The NJ SHARES’ American Winter film is on display on the NJ SHARES website and is being showcased at events across the state.  This month, NJ SHARES was invited to showcase the video and speak to the Union County Human Service Advisory Council (HSAC) on our programs.

Each county’s HSAC is appointed by the county government to review county level human service activities. The HSACs serve as the primary vehicle for making local recommendations to assist both the county government and the New Jersey Departments of Human Services and Children & Families decision making; identifying the high priority human service needs for the community at-large; the coordination and improvement of services to target populations; the planning, coordination and implementation of NJDHS/NJDCF initiatives at the county level; and input to the NJDHS/NJDCF on funding priorities and allocations. 

PSE&G's Claire Bartolomeo speaks to the community at their energy assistance education event this month.

PSE&G Hosts Energy Assistance Events in Burlington and Passaic Counties

On November 6th and November 10th, PSE&G hosted an energy assistance education event in Burlington and Passaic counties to inform social service agencies in the region of the energy assistance program updates.  PSE&G showcased the NJ SHARES’ American Winter Video at both events.  Local community organizations connect qualified households to available resources.

NJ SHARES is thankful for the opportunity to partner with PSE&G and our agency network this heating season. NJ SHARES was joined by other program representatives in presenting information and materials to the social services, non-profit and government attendees. 

Senator Van Drew made remarks at the Seventh Annual Cape May County Event.

NJ SHARES Community Disabilities Awareness Day

NJ SHARES participated in the Seventh Annual Cape May County Community Disabilities Awareness Day, hosted by the Cape May County Department of Aging & Disability Services.  Held at the Avalon Community Center on Saturday, November 14, this countywide event focused on the interests and needs of individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and friends.

Agency Spotlight

Pictured are: DenaShipley (NJ SHARES), Mike Mcneil and Lynne Liotino (STEPS).

Solutions to Ending Poverty Soon (STEPS)

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 250 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus, but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  This month we want to highlight our partnership with STEPS (Solutions To Ending Poverty Soon).

STEPS is an organization made up of volunteers who work to bring community leaders, clergy, and law-enforcement together to work with all ethnic groups. STEPS began in 1993, when the state legislature planned to end the general assistance program. At that pivotal time, a group of concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds came together and were able to get the state legislature to change their minds.

Since then, STEPS has been fighting poverty and exposing the problems of housing, education, unemployment, health care and day care and the cost of living in New Jersey.

“Our partnership with NJ SHARES enables STEPS to connect struggling, working families with resources to help them to get back on their feet," said Lynne Liotino, Vice President of STEPS.


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Health Insurance Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016, visit for low-cost plans that cover preventative care, doctors visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations and more. Four out of five New Jerseyans who applied last year got help paying for their insurance.  On the website you can also find a free in-person assistance to help you complete your application.

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