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State Treasury Releases Energy Assistance Funds

The State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff released more than $840,000 in Escheats funds to NJ SHARES to provide energy assistance to limited and moderate income households in crisis who cannot afford their utility bills. The funds are derived from the unclaimed utility deposit trust fund and overseen by the State Treasury.

Jim Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer for NJ SHARES said, “We are extremely grateful to Governor Christie and Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff for their support of our neighbors in need. Many households are facing increasingly challenging choices of heating, eating or receiving needed medical care. They have tried everything to meet their energy and other household obligations. These funds will lessen the burden of those difficult choices.”

LIHEAP Season Ends

On May 2, 2011 the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will close. The Universal Service Program is available year-round to applicants who are at or below 175% of the federal poverty guideline.

To apply for USF, clients should call 1-800-510-3102.
To apply for NJ SHARES visit or call 1-866-657-4273.

Anti-Poverty Network Forums on Poverty

Two regional Forums on Poverty were held by the Anti Poverty Network this month and one more is scheduled for May. These forums, sponsored by local agencies and groups, were conducted in partnership with the Poverty Research Institute of Legal Services of New Jersey (PRI), and highlighted the recent release of PRI's "Poverty Benchmarks 2011". Each forum brought significant information to people interested in addressing issues of poverty in New Jersey. PRI shared data specific to the region where each forum was located, and a panel of respondents commented to generate discussion and identify action steps.

The meetings were held on Wednesday, April 20 in Mercer County, and Thursday, April 28 in Essex County. The third forum will be held on Monday, May 9 in Ocean County at the Georgian Court University, in Lakewood. The event will begin at 6:30 PM and will include the participation of community groups and University students and faculty. Questions on the forum can be addressed to The Rev. Bruce H. Davidson at

NJ SHARES to Serve on National Customer Service Advisory Panel

Kimberly Warrick, NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center Manager will sit on an Advisory Panel for a national publication, the Customer Service Advantage. She will be working with various topics geared to customer service, call centers and call center technology. Kimberly will bring a unique perspective to the panel by exemplifying the NJ SHARES model in connecting clients with social service programs.

NJ Natural Gas to Hold Ocean Fun Days

New Jersey Natural Gas will hold its annual Ocean Fun Days on Saturday, May 21, in Ocean County at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, and on Sunday, May 22, in Monmouth County at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreational Area. The events will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM on both days, rain or shine.

The event will bring top New Jersey scientists and researchers together with families and friends to enjoy fun, hands-on activities and exhibits designed to enhance learning about our beaches and coastline. Exhibitors will include Jenkinson’s Aquarium, NJ Beach Buggy Association, NJDEP, Division of Parks and Forestry and many more. Scouts of all levels can earn environmental badges for participating. More information can be found by going to

President's LETTER

Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES President & CEO

The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will end on May 2nd and many of our neighbors are still struggling with the cost associated with winter heating bills.

According to a survey conducted by the National Energy Assistance Director’s Association, nearly one third of families receiving LIHEAP assistance reported they went without food as a result of high energy costs. Over 40 percent of households sacrificed medical care and 25 percent reported someone in the household became sick because the home was too cold.

The proposed reduction in federal funding is adding to the difficulty our neighbors are facing with their energy bills this year. We can expect reductions in benefit levels and possibly income eligibility if the Federal government significantly reduces LIHEAP funding.

NJ SHARES continues to support the National Fuel Funds Network’s advocacy of full funding for LIHEAP and has sought the New Jersey congressional delegation's support for this vital program.

Once the LIHEAP application period ends, more households than ever will need to turn to the Universal Service Fund program whose eligibility is 175% and below the federal poverty guidline.

The Universal Service Fund (USF) program is a national model for a low-income energy safety-net. New Jersey funds this program through a societal benefits charge on utility bills. Applications are accepted year-round.

USF provides for a monthly discount based on household income and energy usage. The program provides a one-time arrears forgiveness component called Fresh Start, which will wipe balances clean if a customer can pay twelve out of fifteen months of the discounted current utility bills. There has not been a reduction in the eligibility or benefit levels for this critically needed state program.

As we strive to offer hope and deliver help to households that are catching up from the winter’s heating bills, it is important to recognize our agency partners, friends and government supporters. We deeply appreciate all of your hard work and support for our program and neighbors in need.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob


Beth Israel Medical Center Hosts Senior Presentation of NJ SHARES Programs

Beth Israel Medical Center hosted a senior luncheon on Wednesday, April 6, at the Donald Tucker Complex in Newark. NJ SHARES was invited to present information to the group on the energy, water, and Verizon Communications Lifeline programs.

NJ SHARES Connects Newark Seniors to Vital Programs

On April 14th, NJ SHARES presented information on the Verizon Communications Lifeline Program at the Bethany Baptist Senior Center in Newark. Representatives from Assemblyman Albert Coutinho’s office in District 29 partnered with NJ SHARES to help connect constituents to the services available to them.

Catholic Charities Advocacy Day

Social workers and members of the community attended Catholic Charities’ Advocacy Day on April 28, 2011 in Hightstown. The event is held annually to encourage people to advocate for themselves, as well as their communities. Workshops were held to discuss important issues such as economic security, the state budget, ending homelessness in our area and employment. NJ SHARES participated by providing information on energy, telephone and water programs.

Manalapan Service Fair Connects Seniors to Essential Programs

NJ SHARES participated in a service fair held at the Covered Bridge Active Adult Community in Manalapan on March 30th. District 12 Legislators, Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. sponsored the event which brought services directly to the residents of Covered Bridge. Attendees were able to obtain information on programs and services provided by NJ SHARES, the Board of Public Utilities, Monmouth County Office of Aging, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey and CentraState Healthcare System.

Sussex County Family Expo Builds Parenting Skills

Project Self-Sufficiency’s 6th annual Family Expo for Parents & Children offered parents in Sussex County engaging and interactive educational experiences in order to aid them at building parenting skills. Many social service organizations attended, including NJ SHARES who distributed information on energy and water assistance and conservation programs.

8th Annual East Orange Division of Senior Services Event

NJ SHARES joined Mayor Robert L. Bowser of the City of East Orange, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin and many others in presenting at the 8th Annual City of East Orange Division of Senior Services conference held on April 13, 2011.

More than 150 seniors attended the event themed “Seniors Living Longer ~ Growing Stronger”. Attendees received information about various programs including fraud prevention, utility assistance, healthcare, transportation, legal matters, and safety.

ACE's Energy SAving Tips

Compact flurescent bulbs produce three to four times as much light per watt as incandesent bulbs. While compact flourescents are initially more expensive, they last up to ten times longer.

Atlantic City Electric has published a brochure, “85 Ways to Save Money and Energy.” The brochure highlights how to save energy. To view the brochure, visit:

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