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2/28/14

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Events


Ellen McDonald from Salon Serendipity joins Barbara Gomes at Krogh's for Dine to Donate

Krogh's Hosts Dining to Donate for NJ SHARES

Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Sparta hosted a Dining to Donate for NJ SHARES on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Bob Fuchs, owner, promotes a family atmosphere at the pub and the tone is infectious. This Sunday, the restaurant was packed with folks from open to close and Krogh’s donated 10% of every check to NJ SHARES to help neighbors in need with their utility bills.

NJ SHARES would like to thank all the Neighborhood Heroes who joined Kroghs in supporting NJ SHARES as we continue to provide critically needed assistance during this extremely cold winter.

 A special thank you to Ellen McDonald, owner of Salon Serendipity in Sparta who shared her warm heart by donating her time to join NJ SHARES’ Barbara Gomes in mingling with patrons and getting the word out about NJ SHARES.  Some of the neighborhood heroes who came out to Krogh’s to support NJ SHARES are: former Mayor Michael Spekhardt and his wife Mary Pat, Monika Crummett, Patty Buchanan and Laurie and John McDonough. Thanks to the Ventolo and Lizarazo families and a very happy birthday to Susan and Pablo Lizarazo! Thank you for sharing your special occasion with us!




Fran Wise & Dena Shipley

NJS Attends United Way's Economic & Energy Expo Atlantic County

The Economic & Energy Assistance Expo was held at Hamilton Mall on February 20, 2014 from 12 to 6pm.  This joint venture between the United Way and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office connected community members in need of assistance with programs and services available in Atlantic County Representatives from the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office R.E.A.L. Help Program, Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas and other county social service providers were available to discuss assistance programs and service options available in the community.

Pictured are Fran Wise, Director of Community Investments for Atlantic and Cape May Counties - United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey and Dena Shipley, NJS Outreach Coordinator




Like Us!

New Jersey SHARES Facebook Page Celebrates First Anniversary

My how time flies!  It’s been a year since we announced the NJ SHARES Facebook Page.  Your response has been heart-warming – we have recently topped 700 likes!   If you haven’t already, please “Like” us on Facebook and consider sharing us with your network.

“Like” Us:
It’s easy to “Like” the New Jersey SHARES, Inc. page. First, log into your own Facebook page. Next, click on this link http://www.facebook.com/njshares OR manually type that address into your own web browser, and you will be transported to our page. Underneath our cover photo and next to our name, you will see an icon that says “Like” with a thumbs-up graphic. Simply “Like” the page by clicking on that icon.

Share with Network
Once you have “Liked” New Jersey SHARES, Inc.’s page, consider sharing the page with your friends and other networks. Visit New Jersey SHARES, Inc.’s Facebook page – underneath our cover photo, next to the icon that says “Like,” there should be another icon that looks like a wheel or gear. Click that icon, and a drop down menu will appear. Next, click on “Share…” which is listed underneath “Create a Page.”


President's letter


Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES' President and CEO

This winter has been much colder than average with numerous snow and ice storms.  Soon, many New Jersey residents will be facing higher than normal utility bills as a result of this frigid weather.  Many people will see an increase in their January and February bills, which will come due in March, just as the Winter Moratorium consumer protection expiries.  These higher bills have the potential to create an emergency situation for our neighbors in need as they struggle to meet their financial obligations.  It may also create a bottleneck at the agencies who are working hard to help these households in crisis.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Winter Termination Program (WTP), an important safeguard protecting many New Jersey residents from having their utility service interrupted or turned-off during the coldest winter months, ends on March 15.  However, there are other programs that are available to help including:

  • The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families and individuals meet home heating costs and is available through April 30.
  • New Jersey’s Universal Service Fund (USF), administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, helps lower gas and electricity costs for eligible households and is available throughout the year. Those applying for LIHEAP assistance automatically have their application submitted to the USF.
  • The Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses Program (TRUE), administered by  the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA) is available year round for low to middle-income individuals who quality and are struggling to pay their gas and electric bills. 

For those who do not qualify for programs such as those listed above, NJ SHARES is here to help.  For the past 15 years, we have been the safety net organization for those who are unable to pay their utility bills due to circumstances beyond their control – such as unemployment, illness, medical expenses or other financial hardship.  In addition to providing grants, we are able to connect low and moderate-income households with important resources offering education, information, referral and advocacy support.

As the only non-profit energy assistance fund that raises money to help our New Jersey neighbors in need afford their utility bills, I would like to ask for your help.  Visit our website at www.njshares.org and make a donation as part of our Warm Hearts Heat Homes campaign.  We are grateful for the support of 240 partner agencies as well as all of our Neighborhood Heroes who have already made donations, helping us to provide critically needed assistance during this extremely cold winter.


Agency spotlight


Carol Tonks - Executive Director - ACI

Alliance Center for Independence

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 240 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 talk about the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) recognizes disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. ACI is a 501(c)(3) community-based, grassroots organization that supports and promotes independent living for people with disabilities in Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties in New Jersey.

ACI provides information and referral services and develops and implements educational programs and innovative activities that promote activism, peer support, health and wellness, employment and independent living skills for people with disabilities and their allies. ACI supports the philosophy of independent living for all persons with disabilities.

Alliance Center for Independence is one of the 10 Independent Living Centers and currently serves over 2000 people in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties in New Jersey.   “NJ SHARES provides an additional resource to support individual and families with disabilities who desire to be living independently,” said Carole Tonks, executive director for ACI.

The Independent Living Centers emerged as an outcome of advocacy efforts around the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement which led to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. There are 10 Independent Living Centers serving all 21 counties in New Jersey and 7 of them partner with NJ SHARES to bring our energy and utility assistance programs to their clients.


What's New


Delicious Heights OUTPOST

Join Us for a Dine Out To Donate Event at Delicious Heights OUTPOST on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another Dine-Out-To-Donate is scheduled!   This time we invite you to join us on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Delicious Heights OUTPOST in Basking Ridge NJ.  DH OUTPOST will donate 5% of the proceeds all day on Thursday to NJ SHARES!  100% of all funds raised will go to help your neighbor in need -  so come out and join usIf you click the link and bring the flyer with you DH OUTPOST will donate an additional $1 for every flyer turned in!




In the Devils Penalty Box

Watch Your Email For Information About Our Upcoming NJ Devils Events

Watch your email for information about two upcoming NJ SHARES Night at the NJ Devils events. We will be selling discounted tickets for games on March 27th and April 7th. There will be some interesting details to follow – get ready to see the Devils take the ice while helping your neighbors in need stay warm.




Social Security Administration

How to Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

The most convenient way to apply for disability!!!  Think www.socialsecurity.gov first!!!

  Why should I apply online for Social Security disability benefits?

Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:

  • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment;
  • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer; and
  • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

 How secure is my personal information?

We use the most secure technology on the Internet to keep your information private.

How do I apply online?

Follow these four simple steps:

Step 1 - Review the Adult Disability Checklist

Step 2Fill out the Disability Benefit Application

Step 3Fill out the Adult Disability Report

Step 3Fill out the Authorization to Disclose Information Form and mail or take it to your Social Security Office.

    Electronic Signature Process For Form SSA-827

Applying Online For Disability Benefits – Video - Webinar.

A number of enhancements have been made to Social Security’s online disability application, making it easier and more convenient to complete online. During this video - webinar, we will highlight the new aspects of this online application and tell you about other Social Security disability initiatives currently underway.

 Please click below:

Watch the webinar (previously recorded)

Is the process easy to follow?

Yes. We ask only the questions that pertain to your situation, and we provide links to more information. Also, there are examples to help you. You can print or save a copy of the information you enter.

What information should I gather before I get started?

For the Disability Benefit Application., you should have:

  • Your Social Security number;
  • Direct deposit numbers (from a check, or ask your financial institution for the numbers) to have your monthly benefits deposited automatically;
  • Your W-2 Form from last year or, if you were self-employed, your federal income tax return (IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE);
  • An original or certified copy of your birth certificate and, if you were born in another country, we also need proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency;
  • Information about any workers’ compensation claim you have filed, including date of injury, claim number, and proof of any payments made to you; and
  • If you were in the military service, the original or certified copy of your military discharge papers (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty.

 For the Adult Disability Report., you should have:

  • The name, address, and phone number of someone who knows about your condition and can help with your claim;
  • Information about your illnesses, injuries, and conditions, including dates of treatment, and patient ID numbers; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the medical providers who treated you;
  • Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them;
  • Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who requested the tests;
  • Medical records that you already have; and
  • A list of up to five jobs and dates you worked during the last 15 years.

Do I have to finish all the questions in one session?

No. If you need more time, you can save the information you entered and then stop. We will give you separate numbers for the Disability Benefit Application and the Adult Disability Report that you can enter when you want to return to answer the rest of the questions.

What if I can’t answer everything?

Even if you are unable to answer all the questions on the Adult Disability Report, you may still submit it to us. We will help you get the missing information.

However, make sure you complete the Disability Benefit Application and select the “Submit Now” button.

What happens next?

We will ask you to sign a medical release form that allows us to get information from your doctors.

You also can print a cover sheet that you can use to send us a signed medical release and any medical records you already have in your possession.

We will contact you if we need more information about your claim.

Once we have all the information we need to make a decision about your disability claim, we will send you a letter.

Availability

The online forms are available to you seven days a week during the following hours (Eastern time):

Monday-Friday: 5 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Saturday: 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Holidays: 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Contacting Social Security

For more information and to find copies of our publications, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov or call toll-free, 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778). We treat all calls confidentially. We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.

 Seguro Social - Solicite para beneficios de incapacidad por Internet (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/soliciteporincapacidad/)



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