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NJ SHARES 15th Anniversary Event at New Jersey Natural Gas.
NJ SHARES Held Inaugural 15th Anniversary Event
NJ SHARES celebrates 15 years of service to the community by thanking our partners, donors and friends for their commitment to us and the clients we serve.
On December 9, 2013, NJ SHARES held the first of a series of anniversary events at New Jersey Natural Gas headquarters in Wall Township. The event gave local community partners, agencies and donors the opportunity to celebrate the NJ SHARES history through the eyes of founders, donors, and beneficiaries.
During the program, New Jersey Natural Gas was awarded the ‘Neighborhood Hero’ award for their long standing commitment and support of NJ SHARES programs. The NJ SHARES Warm Hearts video was broadcast to our audience of Neighborhood Heros who helped us mark our anniversary and celebrate the impact we have made in service to our neighbors.
Jim Jacob presents Laurence Downes with the Neighborhood Hero Award.
New Jersey Natural Gas Receives Neighborhood Hero Award
NJ SHARES presented New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) with the ‘Neighborhood Hero’ award at the first of a series of events that will be held throughout 2014 celebrating the organization’s 15th anniversary. The award recognizes the support and commitment NJNG has made to helping their neighbors through the NJ SHARES program.
In fact, NJNG and its customers are among the most generous in our state and have raised more than $1 million in energy assistance for their community. Mr. Laurence Downes, CEO of New Jersey Natural Resources, accepted the award on behalf of New Jersey Natural Gas.
Your Warm Heart Can Heat a Home
NJ SHARES donors and corporate sponsors have now donated more than $495,000 to NJ SHARES’ programs this year. Our goal is to reach $500,000 by the end of the year. Help us reach our goal and donate to NJ SHARES today. Find out more by visiting: http://www.njshares.org/howYouCanHelp/index.asp.
Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES' President and CEO
This year, NJ SHARES has been able to assist more than 115,000 households with their energy and utility needs. This impact is only possible with your support. Our community partners, agencies, corporate, foundation and individual supporters are all critical to the success of our programs that assist our neighbors so that they can stay safe and warm in their homes and connected to their communities. Electricity, natural gas, water and telephone service are essential components to our daily lives, thank you for making these programs possible.
As we continue to assist families with their vital energy and utility needs this winter season, we would like to thank our donors for their support of our programs. Our ‘Your Warm Heart Can Heat a Home’ campaign continues to grow towards our 2013 goal of raising $500,000. If you hadn’t had a chance yet to view the 2 minute video that we recently filmed, which demonstrates the impact you have made, please visit, http://www.njshares.org/nj-shares-heat-a-home-video-1113.asp.
I wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year.
HFC staff pictured are Ryan Middleton and Elaine Torres.
NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 270 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community. This month we highlight the Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ.
The Hispanic Family Center’s (HFC) mission is to provide the community with a broad range of culturally relevant social services and advocacy programs that promote and encourage empowerment and self-sufficiency. It began in 1976 as a small advocacy organization in North Camden, and has since become a comprehensive bilingual, bicultural human services organization – serving approximately 10,000 consumers though locations in both Camden and Gloucester County. Throughout its nearly 40 year history the Hispanic Family Center has strived to meet the ever changing needs of residents of South Jersey.
What started as a grassroots organization providing mental health services and advocacy has become a community leader that provides services which positively impact the lives of its consumers. The Hispanic Family Center works with other entities to ensure appropriate access to services while maintaining a particular emphasis on promoting health, self sufficiency and opportunities for its consumers. Its services include, but are not limited to: Family Success Centers (Woodbury & Camden); LIHEAP (Woodbury & Camden); Weatherization Assistance (Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem); English as a Second language; job placement assistance; senior programs; and substance use disorder treatment.
Elsa Candelario, Executive Director for HFC said, ‘We have partnered with NJ SHARES through various programs over the past five years and congratulate NJ SHARES on their 15th anniversary in providing services to the community. We have seen firsthand the impact that NJ SHARES has made for New Jersey residents. NJ SHARES has been a lifeline when there wasn't one for the vulnerable working poor.’
Jim Jacob Presenting at the Anti-Poverty Network Summit.
Anti-Poverty Network Hosts Poverty Summit
The Anti-Poverty Network (APN) hosted a Poverty Summit on December 3rd in Mercer County. The annual event brought several hundred people together to discuss specific issues related to Poverty in New Jersey. The Conference is an opportunity to focus on issues and strategies that have been a part of the APN's action during the year. The conference also provided an opportunity for government and agency leadership to discuss public policy. Various State Legislators, Commissioners and the Governor have attended and addressed the conference in the past. Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera of the NJ Legislative District 4 gave a compassionate keynote address.
Pictured are Diner Owner, Daphne Wilczynski and NJ SHARES' Client Services Call Center Manager, Kimberly Warrick.
Dine Out in Robbinsville to Warm Homes
Daphne’s Diner in Robbinsville (www.facebook.com/DaphnesDiner) hosted a Dine-Out-To-Donate on Thursday, December 12 to raise money for NJ SHARES. NJ SHARES supports mentioned they were there for NJ SHARES and 15% of their bill goes to New Jersey SHARES to help NJ residents who are struggling to stay warm or keep the lights on.
Thanks to Daphne and her team for supporting NJ SHARES and hosting a great night for the community!
Jim Jacob and Joyce Campbell Interviewed on Live From Trenton.
Listen to our very own Jim Jacob and Joyce Campbell speak about Poverty in New Jersey
on Live from Trenton blogtalkradio.com
NJ SHARES Programs Highlighted at National
Multiple Sclerosis Society Resource Fair
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is hosting its 2013 Annual Meeting and Resource Fair on December 5, 2013 in Philadelphia. The fair provided an array of local services and resources that exist for the people living with MS in the community.
From our Neighborhood to Yours, We Wish You a Warm and Wonderful Holiday Season!