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3/31/2016

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president's message


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Earlier this month, I joined colleagues in Washington, DC for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Action Day. Sponsored by the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC), this annual event brings together key officials and energy assistance organizations from across the country for a day of advocacy and support for this critical federal energy assistance program.  We were very pleased to be able to attend this important event of behalf of NJ SHARES and all those we serve. In New Jersey, we are fortunate that our legislators understand and support the LIHEAP program.

With the March 15 expiration of the Board of Public Utility’s Winter Termination Program, which protects low to moderate income households from utility service termination during the cold winter months, we have been working in the community with our utility partners to let customers know that there are resources available to help them.

NJ SHARES remains ready to offer assistance to households in need. We provide much needed resources for those who are not able to pay their energy bills due to circumstances beyond their control.

We would like to thank our generous donors and wide network of community-based social service agencies and legislative offices who make it possible for us to provide grants and resources to low and moderate income households so that they can keep their homes warm/cool and, most importantly, safe year round.

For more information on any of our energy assistance program, visit our website at www.njshares.org or call our toll-free hotline – 1-866-NJSHARES (657-4273).

Regards,

Jim Jacob


Events


http://www.njshares.org/media/NJSHARES-TGIFridays-3-31-16.pdf

TODAY - TGI FRIDAYS to DONATE 20% of Sales to NJ SHARES

Today, starting at noon, head to the TGI Fridays on Route 9 in Morganville and present this flyer to your server to have 20% of your bill donated to NJ SHARES! Help us provide utility assistance for those who otherwise can’t afford it - grab your family and friends and come enjoy a meal with us!




Claire Bartolomeo, PSE&G; Kimberly Warrick, NJ SHARES; Congressman Tom MacArthur; and Rosa Pagnillo-Lopez, PSE&G; talk about LIHEAP and the need to fund this key program.

NJ SHARES Visits Capitol Hill to Support Increased Funding for LIHEAP

On March 2, NJ SHARES joined our peers across the country on Capitol Hill this week for the National Energy and Utility Affordability’s Action Day.  The event gives NJ SHARES the opportunity to thank our local representatives for continuing to support the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and urge them to restore the program to at least $4.7 billion. This level will better address the burden that our LIHEAP-eligible families across the country face. 

NJ SHARES supports this effort as we raise private funding to extend the energy safety net in New Jersey in order to further address the needs of moderate income households who may suffer a temporary financial crisis in our high-cost-of-living state and are now in need help with their energy bills.




Jim Jacob stands next to Senator Kelly Ayotte as she addressed a crowd of affordable energy advocates after accepting the Extra Mile Award.

NJ SHARES Joins NEUAC for Award Presentation

For many years, the National Fuel Funds Network, one of predecessor organizations of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition, presented the Extra Mile Award to members of Congress who walked the extra mile for low-income families. This year’s recipient is Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.  First elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Ayotte has already distinguished herself as a legislator who works across the aisle. Most recently, drawing on her experience as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General, Senator Ayotte has brought Democrats and Republicans together to focus on the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug addiction. She brings that same spirit of helping the most vulnerable people to her advocacy for LIHEAP. 




2016 NEUAC Conference to be held in Denver on June 6-8.

NJ SHARES to Present at the 2016 NEUAC Conference

Registration is now open for the National Energy Utility and Affordability Coalition's next signature event, the 2016 NEUAC Annual Conference. The dates are June 6-8, 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO. You can register at www.neuac.org.




NJ SHARES Board Member, Joyce Campbell, (Front row, third from the left) with Assembly members and other honorees on the floor of the NJ State Assembly.

Former NJ SHARES Board Chairperson Receives Special Honor from the State Assembly

NJ SHARES celebrates recent honorees and anti-poverty advocates, Joyce Campbell of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton (and also NJ SHARES Board Member); Diane Riley, the Director of Advocacy for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey; and Serena Rice, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey. All three women received special recognition at the State Assembly in Trenton this month.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, honored the three women on the floor of the Assembly, saying “Whether it’s ensuring that people have the opportunity to earn a living wage, or that children are not going to bed hungry at night or that seniors are able to afford to heat their homes in the winter, we need to take a comprehensive approach to lift people out of poverty in New Jersey. These honorees live and breathe this challenge each and every day and have made a marked difference in the lives of families throughout New Jersey. For that, they deserve to be honored during this year’s Women’s History Month."

“This recognition is an incredible honor and I am grateful to have worked with such tireless advocates and to have been inspired by those who struggle to make ends meet," said Campbell, who serves as the Associate Executive Director for External Affairs for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, as well as the Vice-President of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey's Board of Trustees. "There is no doubt that I have received much more than I have given. And, we won’t give up until poverty is a word of the past.”

Coinciding with this honorable event, voting was held that day on key bills dealing with poverty, including an increase in heating assistance for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and incentives to encourage the implementation of Breakfast after the Bell. Other poverty-related legislation addressed included the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, additional rental vouchers, increasing assistance for WorkFirst New Jersey recipients, funding to prevent lead poisoning and pay equality for women.




Pictured at the event are NJ SHARES partners (from left) Peter Eschbach, NJAW; Ashley Smith, Family Service Association; Dena Shipley, NJ SHARES; Fran Wise, United Way and NJ SHARES' Board Chairperson, Alita Corbett, Atlantic City Electric.

NJ SHARES Takes Applications at the Hamilton Mall

Partnering with the United Way, Atlantic City Electric, New Jersey American Water, the Family Service Association and South Jersey Gas, NJ SHARES was at the Hamilton mall to meet with and take applications for families in Atlantic County who need our services.

The Annual Expo, assembled by the United Way and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s office, helps to connect the community with social service providers to discuss assistance programs and service options available them.




Social Service Representatives attend one of PSE&G’s Workshops.

NJ SHARES Presented at PSE&G's Energy Workshops

With the consumer protection expired on March 15 and January and February heating bills coming due, PSE&G recently hosted six workshops in their service territory to ensure that local community leaders and social service agencies know to expect an influx of applicants looking for assistance.  NJ SHARES joined other presenters from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Weatherization, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Comfort Partners to convey program updates.

The events gave us an opportunity to see our agency and community partners and to present information on our energy, water and telephone assistance programs to the audience.




Middlesex County Held First Disability Connections Information & Resource Fair

NJ SHARES joined the Middlesex County Office on Aging and Disabled Services for their first annual Disability Connections Information and Resource Fair.  The fair, held on March 12, at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, helped to connect folks in the community with disabilities and caregivers with available resources and support services in their area. NJ SHARES staff was on hand to talk to folks about our programs.




Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones with NJ SHARES’ Kimberly Warrick.

NJ SHARES Meets Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones

NJ SHARES Director of Client Services Kimberly Warrick met with Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones to discuss how NJ SHARES can help her constituents.   

The Assemblywoman is concerned for the seniors in her community, in addition to those constituents who have suffered the ripple effect of the Atlantic City casino closings. Atlantic County is the epicenter however the entire South Jersey community has been impacted and her constituents in Camden County are struggling.

Assemblywoman Jones will refer people to our local community partners to apply for the NJ SHARES energy, water and Communication Lifeline programs.  We are excited to partner with Assemblywoman’s office on future community events. 




NJ SHARES will Exhibit at the Abilities Expo on April 29 – May 1

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend the Abilities Expo on April 29 – May 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The New York Metro Abilities Expo will feature an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, events, celebrities and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.

“It’s not just that we provide a forum that showcases essential technology to bridge the gap between ability and disability,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The Expo is always new and exciting with a host of all-inclusive, adaptive activities.”

Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available during show hours.

“The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun,” said Korse. “Most of all, it’s a celebration of what you can do, not what you can’t."


Legislator Spotlight


Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (center) meets with NJ SHARES' Boar Chairperson, Alita Corbett (left) and Kimberly Warrick (right) from NJ SHARES.

Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo

“My office has been proud to be in partnership with NJ SHARES during my first term as Assemblyman in Atlantic County and I look forward to continuing to provide and inform my constituents of the assistance that NJ SHARES offers. My office has been an intake agency with NJ SHARES and always welcomes those who are in need of energy assistance to our office for help.

I applaud NJ SHARES and their hard working staff for all they have done in our area. NJ SHARES is always ready to help our middle class families and we are lucky to have them as advocates in our community and the State of New Jersey.

The seniors and hard-working families of Atlantic County have been through a lot over the past several years. My office is working diligently to inform people of what programs are available to them through community events, social media, and our district office.

I am always looking for new ways to promote NJ SHARES and look forward to our continued cooperation.”


Agency Spotlight


Pictured at the NJ SHARES March Agency Advisory Council Meeting is NJ SHARES’ partner Claudia Vasquez, Director of Energy Assistance for Greater Bergen Community Action Program.

Greater Bergen Community Action

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.  This month we are pleased to highlight one of our partners since our inception in 1998, Greater Bergen Community Action.

Greater Bergen Community Action is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America. Through an outstanding Board of Directors with members from the private and public sectors, along with community leaders, Greater Bergen seeks to mobilize public and private resources to change the conditions in which low-income residents live and work, while also changing the institutions which impact their lives.

Greater Bergen engages in a host of activities which are designed to empower individuals through adult learning and assist development; educate curious minds for healthy futures; building, rehabilitating and managing housing for affordability, health and safety; and revitalize communities for a better tomorrow.

“Our partnership with NJ SHARES gives us an opportunity to expand assistance to households who are struggling to remain sustainable. This population has very limited resources, and this assistance is often critical to individuals and their families,” said GBCA’s Assistant Manager of Energy Assistance, Claudia Vasquez, who also serves on the NJ SHARES Agency Advisory Council. She continued “I’m proud to serve on the NJ SHARES’ Agency Advisory Council, which advises the NJ SHARES Board of Directors on the client and agency experience about the policies and processes that are in place. Having input into the process deepens our partnership and makes the program transparent and credible.”


Communications Lifeline Program spotlight


NJ SHARES Highlighted at Newark Regional Business Partnership’s annual gala.

Communications Lifeline Program Highlighted at Newark Museum Event

Verizon NJ highlighted the Communications Lifeline Program as a sponsor of the Newark Regional Business Partnership’s (NRBP) annual gala, held at the Newark Museum on March 22, 2016. NJ SHARES’ Client Services Call Center, in partnership with Verizon NJ since 2005, administers the Communication Lifeline program by providing application and enrollment services to thousands of households annually.   NJ SHARES was thrilled to join our corporate and community partners at the formal event, which gave us the opportunity to interact with the regions business and community leaders face-to-face. 

The Newark Regional Business Partnership is a broad-based member organization that offers a range of services to strengthen the region’s business infrastructure and revitalize New Jersey’s largest city. NJ SHARES celebrates the standard of excellence in community investment the members of the NRBP provides.



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