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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President’s Message

As the holiday season begins, many of us look forward to celebrating with family and friends. While it is a joyous time of year, it can be an extremely challenging time for many of our neighbors. Unfortunately, there are working families and senior citizens throughout New Jersey who are experiencing difficult financial circumstances and are facing the choice between buying holiday gifts and heating or lighting their homes.

I am proud to announce that NJ SHARES has been asked to join the Policy Advisory Council of the Weatherization Assistance program.  This valuable program helps to provide energy conservation measures for income-qualified individuals – for more details see newsletter article below.

As 2017 draws to a close, I would also like to recognize all of our donors, foundation and corporate supporters, partner agencies and friends. We are truly grateful for your support. Your contribution has helped us provide energy assistance to more than 185,000 households over the past 19 years. We are truly thankful for your continued support, and we look forward to your continued generosity.

As we reflect on the last 19 years we look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary with our exciting Cool Down for Warmth hosted by the NJ Devils and presented by PSE&G. During this unique fundraiser, taking place on February 1 and 2, world-renowned ice carver Ed Jarrett will build an 8-by-12 foot Ice House on the Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza in Newark. Willing participants will sit in the house until they have met their fundraising goals.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our event sponsors including: host sponsor, the New Jersey Devils; presenting sponsor, PSE&G; and other sponsors including New Jersey Natural Gas, PNC Foundation, Atlantic City Electric (an Exelon Company) Sun National Bank, JCP&L (a FirstEnergy Company), South Jersey Gas, Rockland Electric, Credit Union of New Jersey Foundation and APPRISE, Inc. 

Warm regards,

Jim Jacob

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NJ SHARES’ Cool Down for Warmth is Coming!

Ed Jarrett, four-time Guinness World Records title holder for the Tallest Sandcastle – and incredible ice sculptor as seen here at the Ice King’s Holiday In Ice, will build an Ice House on Feb 1 and Feb 2 for our #CoolDown4WarmthNJ event, right in the middle of Championship Plaza at the Prudential Center in Newark. Our event is hosted by the New Jersey Devils and presented by PSE&G! Anyone can sign up to sit in the Ice House and raise money to provide energy assistance to struggling families and seniors in New Jersey. Visit and join the fun! The event aligns with a Devils vs Flyers game on Feb 1. The Devils have provided discount tickets through NJ SHARES for your enjoyment. NJ SHARES is passing on the entire discount to our supporters! Thank you for 20 years of your warm hearts heating homes across the state.

NJ SHARES' Dena Shipley and Barbara Gomes get ready to Cool Down for Warmth.

NJ SHARES’ Dena Shipley and Barbara Gomes Prepare for the Ice House Event

After much preparation, including dressing in layers topped with warm coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, NJ SHARES’ Barbara Gomes and Dena Shipley (and Dena’s children) experienced 15 minutes in 15 degree temperatures while touring Ed Jarrett’s Holiday in Ice display at Ice King Cold Storage in Tinton Falls. Barbara said, “We enjoyed Ed’s beautiful art, but make no mistake - enduring those temperatures because you don’t have access to heat is unimaginable, unhealthy and unsafe.”

That’s exactly why Ed will build an Ice House for the NJ SHARES’ 20th Anniversary Cool Down for Warmth on February 1 & 2.  Willing participants will sit in the Ice House until they meet a fundraising goal for the NJ SHARES’ energy assistance program.  Barbara said, “I definitely have second thoughts about my ability to endure the freezing temperatures for 30 minutes in the NJ SHARES’ Ice House. Luckily, my family, friends, neighbors and colleagues continue to donate to my Ice House challenge and if we meet the fundraising goal, I won’t have to sit in the Ice House.  I look forward to being onsite to take photos and help others meet their fundraising goals.”

At NJ SHARES we help residents in emergency situations every day.  Our staff, our agency and our utility partners work together to ensure a quick and seamless enrollment process for our clients. Throughout our 20 years we have made a real difference for 185,000 households in crisis.  Cool Down for Warmth will raise funds for New Jersey families who struggle to afford their heating costs in the winter. The event will also raise awareness for NJ SHARES, the families we serve and the generous donors who make our work possible. 

Devils Discount Tickets for You

The Devils have provided discount tickets through NJ SHARES to the Devils vs Flyers game on Feb 1.  NJ SHARES is passing on the entire discount to our supporters! Thank you for 20 years of your warm hearts heating homes across the state.

Pictured at the taping are Gregory C. Dunlap PSE&G, Grace Egan NJFA and James M. Jacob NJ SHARES.

NJ SHARES and PSE&G to be Featured on Aging Insights

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) will host a panel of experts to speak about Energy Assistance in a new episode of their monthly public access TV program, Aging Insights, featuring NJ SHARES.  The program, titled Don’t Be in the Dark-Utility Assistance (Episode #76), will air throughout January.

As part of the program, NJFA’s Executive Director Grace Egan spoke with Jim Jacob, president and CEO of NJ SHARES and PSE&G’s, Vice President of Customer Operations, Gregory Dunlap about their commitment to New Jerseyans who need help with their energy bills this winter.

45 percent of our grant recipients last year were senior citizens.  Both Jim Jacob and Gregory Dunlap plan to sit in the NJ SHARES Ice House to raise money that will energy bills of struggling seniors pay their energy bills this season. Our Cool Down for Warmth Ice House, hosted by the NJ Devils and presented by PSE&G, is part of an event that will celebrate NJ SHARES 20th heating season.  Jim and Greg discussed various programs available to assist seniors with their utilities as well as the best way to access these resources. 

The show is available on NJFA's YouTube channel  where you can see all the association’s previous shows, plus other NJFA videos.

Jim Jacob Appointed to Serve on Weatherization Committee

Helping low-income New Jersey residents meet their energy burden has always been one of our core missions. NJ SHARES was recently asked to join the Policy Advisory Council of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  Funded by LIHEAP and the U.S. Department of Energy, WAP has been providing grants to senior citizens, handicapped and low-income individuals since 1976, allowing them to weatherize their homes to conserve energy and increase efficiency. I look forward to working together with the Weatherization Committee team and am proud to be a part of this important program. 

Pictured is Kimberly Warrick receiving her graduation certificate, from left to right are: Mark Murphy LNJ President, Kimberly Warrick, Spring Lacy LNJ Board Vice Chairperson and Bill Pappalardo LNJ Board Chairperson.

LEAD New Jersey Graduates NJ SHARES’ Kimberly Warrick in 30th Anniversary Class

Kimberly Warrick, Director of Client Services for NJ SHARES was among the 50 Lead New Jersey (LNJ) Fellows who graduated on December 7th at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in East Brunswick. LNJ opens challenging possibilities to a highly select group of Fellows through exploration of the cutting edge issues that shape our lives and the opportunity to link directly with talented leaders who are making improvements around New Jersey.  The experience provides participants with the tools to help then to serve as a leader, championing their own most cherished ideas and values. The graduates spent a full year together tackling state political issues, while learning about the State’s systems and structures in education, criminal justice, environment, diversity, energy and more.  

Kimberly will continue her personal service project in 2018 by building bridges between the law enforcement community and individuals and families that need help with their utilities.  “First responders are often in a position to assist individuals and families,” Warrick said. She continued, “By educating the sheriff’s offices about the utility assistance programs available in the Garden State, we can raise awareness of the resources available to struggling families in every county." 

Pictured at t a recent Verizon event to promote Communications Lifeline is Kimberly Warrick, Gina LaPlaca of Verizon, State Senator Paul Sarlo and Doug Schoenberger of Verizon.

Verizon and NJ SHARES Celebrate 12 years of Connecting Households to Communications Lifeline

Since 2005, hundreds of thousands of struggling households were able to stay connected to emergency services, caregivers, medical professionals, families and community through the Verizon Communications lifeline program.  NJ SHARES continues its partnership with Verizon to provide outreach and enrollment services for Verizon customers.


NJSHARES Attended the Center for Non-Profits Conference

NJ SHARES Barbara Gomes and Dena Shipley joined more than 500 attendees at the ‘Power in Numbers’,conference hosted by the Center for Non-Profits on December 6 at the Palace in Somerset. This annual conference attracts professionals throughout New Jersey including representatives from non-profit organizations, major funders, corporate sponsors, government officials, and consultants.  At the conference we had the chance to connect in person with over 500 key non-profit professionals and allies.

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Policy and System Updates for 2018

The NJ SHARES Board has set a policy effective January 2, 2018 to increase the elecrtic grant benefit to $700. Customers who heat with natural gas can potentially qualify for a natural gas assistance grant of $700 in addition to an electric benefit of $700.

Please note that the NJ SHARES system will be closed for maintenance starting on 12/28/17 at 12:00p.m. and it will re-open on January 2, 2018 at 8:00a.m..


Agency Spotlight

Pictured at her desk is Paulann Pierson, Disability Services Coordinator.

Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services

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.  “At NJ SHARES, we believe it is important to empower our communities to provide assistance in their neighborhoods so that people have access to assistance in a place they feel comfortable asking for help,” said Jim Jacob NJ SHARES President and CEO.

This month we want to highlight our partners at the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services.  As a designated Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is designed to streamline access to long-term care support services, health promotion and education. This is vital to linking seniors, their caregivers, and adults with disabilities to the programs and services needed to remain independent and active in the community.

Benefits and services include Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Eldercare Services and Special Services such as State Health Insurance Assistance and the Veteran’s Administration Home and Community Based Services Program.

“Our partnership adds another layer of service to our community members who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis,” said Paulann Pierson, Disability Services Coordinator, “NJ SHARES has partnered with us on special projects that help to raise awareness on the safety-net services available to the community.

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