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|UPDATE: On 4/29/10, the Department of Community Affairs announced that the LIHEAP application period will extend to 5/28/10 - NJ SHARES WILL REMAIN TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR 226% FPL - 400% FPL
LIHEAP Period Will Continue to 5/28/10. NJ SHARES Will Continue Taking Applications for Clients with Income Between 226% to 400% of FPL
To apply for LIHEAP or USF, clients should call 1-800-510-3102.
To apply for NJ SHARES visit www.njshares.org or call 1-866-657-4273.
Verizon Introduces ‘Verizon Velocity’ Giving Program to Mid-Atlantic States
Verizon has announced the debut of its Verizon Velocity Program for the Mid-Atlantic region. Non-profits and local schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware can earn donations when their members or supporters purchase qualifying Verizon products. Non-profits can enroll by visiting verizon.com/velocity. Those organizations that enroll before May 31 will receive double the donation from Verizon.
NJ Natural Gas to Hold ‘Ocean Fun Days’ on May 22, 23 in Ocean, Monmouth Counties
New Jersey Natural Gas will hold its annual ‘Ocean Fun Days’ on Saturday, May 22, in Ocean County at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, and on Sunday, May 23, in Monmouth County at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium in 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. Scouts can earn environmental badges for participating.
Though the heating season is over, many of our neighbors are still struggling with the cost associated with winter heating bills. A stark reminder of this is the close of the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period on April 30th.
NJ SHARES plays a crucial role in filling the gap in New Jersey’s energy assistance safety net. Starting on May 1, NJ SHARES will take applications for those who are not income eligible for the Universal Service Fund (USF) program and who did not receive a LIHEAP benefit this heating season.
This changes the NJ SHARES income guidelines to range from 176% to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Clients whose gross monthly income falls at or below 175% of the FPL will be able to apply for the Universal Service Program. In the current recession, it’s becoming more challenging than ever for individuals and families that aren’t earning enough to get by. NJ SHARES plays an important role in keeping these people out of a debt spiral that can result in more profound economic dislocation and could result in tragedy.
As we strive to offer hope and deliver help to many households that are still 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 our neighbors in need.
NJ SHARES Meets and Greets at AREE in Atlantic City
On April 27-29, NJ SHARES attended the Atlantic Region Energy Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center to share information about our energy assistance programs. The event was attended by 5,000 industry representatives from New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The event is a great opportunity to build an awareness of the energy assistance programs available amongst energy industry professionals.
NJ SHARES Attends Latino Expo at Meadowlands
NJ SHARES attended the Latino Business Expo on April 13 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, providing our organization with an excellent forum for sharing information about our services and activities in the Latino community. The Expo is the largest indoor business/consumer show serving the Latino market in the tri-state area.
2010 New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Tourism
NJ SHARES showcased the assistance programs available at the 2010 New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Governor's Conference on Tourism is a joint venture hosted by the New Jersey Department of State's Division of Travel & Tourism and the New Jersey Travel Industry Association. The mission of the New Jersey Governor's Conference on Tourism is to provide educational sessions, vital industry information, and networking opportunities to the dedicated professionals in New Jersey's tourism industry. The venue provided NJ SHARES with the opportunity to talk to state and local leaders about the programs available.
The 47th Annual New Jersey Conference of Mayors
NJ SHARES spoke to several local leaders at the 47th Annual New Jersey Conference of Mayors held on April 27th-30th. The Conference of Mayors was founded in 1963 by a group of leading Mayors who believed their collective voices should be heard in Trenton and Washington. The founding Mayors were interested in finding common ground on issues impacting their residents. NJCM has since become the largest organization in the US to exclusively represent the interests of mayors to the state and Federal legislatures and administrations.
NJ SHARES Schedules ‘Lunch and Learn’ Meetings for May and June
The NJ SHARES Outreach Team has scheduled eight ‘Lunch and Learn’ small group training meetings for agency staff members. The meetings will be held in May and June in various locations throughout the state. Topics include the recent heating season’s frequently asked questions, the Income Calculator Rules, Required Documentation for applications, and procedures for helping clients apply for the New Jersey American Water program. Agencies should take advantage of this great opportunity to chat with NJ SHARES outreach staff. Watch your email for invitations and details about your regional meeting.
Interactive Dialogue Meetings Set for July and August
NJ SHARES has scheduled a series of Interactive Dialogue Meetings for July and August, to provide agency staff members of all levels with the opportunity to come and discuss the NJ SHARES assistance programs. The meetings are designed to be high-level interactive sessions, for asking questions and providing feedback. There will be nine regional meetings throughout the state. Look for an invitation from NJ SHARES. Any questions can be address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re interested in hearing about the questions and challenges you face!
Please note that the new Priority Support Request is the best way to communicate with NJ SHARES’ Grant Processing staff. Please use this new feature as your first point of contact with us.
Agencies should take note that LIHEAP will close on April 30, 2010. As of May 1, NJ SHARES agencies will refer to the USF chart in their agency training packets to determine income eligibility. Questions on how to use the chart can be addressed to email@example.com.