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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Presidentís Message

As we enter the heart of the summer, I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss several assistance programs available to New Jersey residents having difficulty paying their water utility bills. At NJ SHARES we have been involved with water assistance programs since 2005. We are proud to administer the Suez Cares program for Suez Water and New Jersey American Water’s H20 (Help to Others) grant and discount program. Both programs help qualified households that have fallen behind on their water bills due to a temporary financial crisis such as an illness or job loss.

This is also the peak time to be mindful of conserving water. Following are some tips on responsible water usage from Suez Water and New Jersey American Water in partnership with the EPA’s WaterSense Program:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a pot filled with water instead of under an open faucet. Reuse the water for houseplants.
  • Close the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. This can lead savings of up to 3,000 gallons per year.
  • Wash dark clothes in cold water to save on water and energy while helping your clothes retain their color.
  • When using the washing machine or dishwasher, make sure it is fully loaded. Also, use the light wash or water-saver setting on your dishwasher.
  • Shortening shower time by a minute or two can save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Consider water and energy-efficient appliances. The EPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35 percent less water per load. Water saving showerheads, toilets and faucet aerators can also help cut your water usage.

For more advice on water conservation methods, visit the EPA’s WaterSense site, For more information, or to see if you qualify for the programs referenced above, contact NJ SHARES at 1-877-652-9426. 

I am pleased to report that our recent Dine-to-Donate fundraising event at Tun Tavern was a huge success. During the July 27 event, diners who presented a coupon ensured that 20 percent of their bill was donated to the NJ SHARES energy assistance program in Atlantic County. We were overwhelmed by the level of support we received and would like to extend sincere thanks to Tun Tavern, Atlantic City Electric and all of the guest bartenders who graciously volunteered their time and talents, as well as the elected officials and candidates for elected office, community partners and utility supporters who attended. We really appreciate the wonderful turnout from the South Jersey community and beyond, illustrating how we continue to come together to respond to our neighbors in need affected by the local economic crisis.  

I would like to thank all of our agency partners, utility and energy company friends and supporters throughout the state. Together, we will continue to work toward maintaining and reinforcing an important financial safety net for the individuals and families who need it most – and strengthen our ties to the communities we serve. 

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian kicks off the guest bartender line up for the NJ SHARES benefit night at the Tun Tavern.

NJ SHARES Supporters Dine-Out at Tun Tavern Event

NJ SHARES supporters turned up the heat at the Tun Tavern on Thursday, July 27. More than 50 supporters came out to the Tun Tavern to have a meal and some drinks to support the NJ SHARES’ energy assistance program!  

Our guest bartenders made the evening fun and spoke to patrons about NJ SHARES! We thank our guest bartenders, Atlantic City Mayor Donald A. Guardian, NJ211 COO Janice Kaniewski and her team Rae Duncan, Rhonda Adams and Martha Spindler. Vice President of Atlantic Region for Atlantic City Electric Susan Coan, Partner Agency Staff from the Family Service Association, Alisa Guenther and Caitlyn Baldwin, Atlantic City Electric Region Vice President Charlie Wimberg, President of the Southern Branch of the Community Foodbank, Richard Uniacke, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, President of Atlantic City Electric Vince Maione and Director of State Government Affairs for Verizon NJ Gina LaPlaca.

During the event, 20 percent of each bill was donated to NJSHARES by the Tun Tavern. Proceeds will directly impact qualifying Atlantic County residents in need of restoration or continued electricity and natural gas utility services.

National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference attendees.

NJ SHARES Attends National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference

Each year, NJ SHARES’ Jim Jacob and Barbara Gomes attend the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference to confer with our energy assistance peers across the country and share experiences, common challenges and solutions to the challenges involved in successfully funding energy assistance programs.

Energy assistance programs have proven to be a viable way to help struggling households avoid heating or lighting their homes with unsafe devices that have the potential for catastrophic results. Sharing best practices in New Jersey helps to strengthen the energy safety net across the country.

Pictured at NEUAC is Vaughn McKoy, Vice President Legal of PSE&G Long Island.

Mr. Vaughn McKoy, Vice President Legal of PSE&G Long Island opened the conference with a moving story of how he rose from public housing to public service through mentorship.  He addressed the audience of non-profit, utility and government professionals as “Guardians of the Homefront” and “Defenders of the Down-Trodden” our organizations collectively work together to provide an environment where families and individuals are able to thrive. 

Pictured at the Conference are Jim Jacob NJ SHARES, Edward Gingold Federal Energy Regulatory Comission and Renee Koubias of the New Jersey Anti-Poverty Network.

NJ SHARES’ Jim Jacob and Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey’s Renee Koubias presented a workshop on the Structural Racism study that explored the structure of poverty and how many get trapped in economic environments that remain impossible to escape without major structural reform.  Finally, Jim Jacob and AARP National Volunteer, Jim Dieterle presented a workshop highlighting the successful advocacy that resulted in legislation directing state escheats funds to energy assistance programs in New Jersey.


Pictured are NJ SHARES Kimberly Warrick and Mayor Janice Mironov.

NJ SHARES Offers Program Information at Conference of Mayors

NJ SHARES participated in the Spring Conference of Mayors as an exhibitor, providing local officials with information about our organization and its mission , as well as the utility assistance program available to their constituents.  As mayors and local officials are on the front line dealing with NJ residents, this was a valuable opportunity for NJ SHARES to make contacts and share details about our programs.

NJ SHARES Board Member and East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov, past president of the NJ League of Municipalities and the current vice-president of the NJ Conference of Mayors, visited our exhibit booth.

Mayor Mironov said, “We welcomed the presence of NJ SHARES at our Mayor’s conference.  Many Mayors and local officials are not familiar with NJ SHARES and the utility assistance provided for our people in our communities, so this was a great forum to offer outreach and spread information about the organization and program.  NJ SHARES and mayors are natural partners as we work together to reach out and help our residents and families.”

Dena Shipley, Outreach Coordinator Evalene R. Wright, Senior Community Relations Specialist, Pepco Holdings, Office of the Customer Advocate.

NJ SHARES Exhibited at the Third Annual Bacharach Ability Fair

NJ SHARES’ joined more than 60 exhibitors featuring products, providers and services meant to improve the health and well-being of adults and children of all ages with physical challenges. NJ SHARES wasable to talk to attendees about our energy and utility assistance programs that can help households in temporary financial crisis with their energy bills. In addition, NJ SHARES highlighted the Atlantic City Electric Helping Hands program and the New Jersey American Water H20 to Help Others program for local attendees. The event was held on July 26 at Stockton University and was sponsored in part by South Jersey Gas.

Save the Date: Anti-Poverty Network Summit October 27

Poverty often grows from systemic traps that keep people from reaching their full potential. The Anti-Poverty Network will host a Summit at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on Friday, October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Summit provides advocacy organizations with the opportunity to join together to network and share information.  Featured speakers will be Ryan Haygood, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Chris Caruso, Echoing Green and founder of Human Rights Tech.  To register go to:

Agency Spotlight

Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties

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 can find access to assistance in a place they feel comfortable asking for help,” said Jim Jacob NJ SHARES President and CEO. NJ SHARES is delighted to welcome the Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties to our network.

The Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties, located in Washington Township, is focused on developing family strengths and providing community resources. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to ensure mental health services and supports are effective, build on the strengths of individuals, and address each person's cultural and linguistic needs.

Madeline Lozowski, Executive Director of the Family Support Organization said, “We provide a system of care that helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.  The system of care is not a program — it is a philosophy of how care should be delivered and an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs.”

Pictured Back Row Left to Right: Melissa Rojas, Family Support Partner, Christine Yanoso, Family Support Partner, Deborah Brack, Family Support Coordinator, Sharon McNeil, Family Support Partner, Gloria Parker, Family Support Partner, Stephanie Nienstedt, Community Outreach Specialist.

Front Row Left to Right: Madeline Lozowski, Executive Director, Sherri Latzko, Family Support Partner, Karen Pieretti, Family Support, and Stephanie Billitz, Youth Activities Coordinator.

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