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Joan Sweeney, retiring Board Member from South Jersey Gas and Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Presidentís Message

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Today, I am reminded of how one gesture, one idea, one person can make all the difference! NJ SHARES has offered hope and delivered help to nearly 185,000 households. This amazing accomplishment was possible due to each and every one of our donors, supporters, corporate and community partners and board members. 

Each gesture, each gift of time, talent and treasure makes it possible for NJ SHARES to respond to our struggling neighbors with utility bill assistance. Allow me to share a recent donor’s message.  Maria from Cape May County sent us a note to tell us that she is making a donation because of her milestone birthday and that the donation that she is making is part of her own personal mission to accomplish 60 acts of kindness this year. Our donors are the beacons of hope that all of our neighbors deserve in their time of need. Thank you Maria for your gift and your inspiration to all around you!

NJ SHARES supporters inspire great work and I would like to especially thank our retiring board member Ms. Joan Sweeney for her years of commitment and service.  With Ms. Sweeney’s guidance, we have built a strong safety net for the working poor and limited income seniors and families in New Jersey.

If you would like to help NJ SHARES prepare for the upcoming heating season, visit, to learn how YOU can help!

Warm regards,

Jim Jacob

What's New

New Jersey American Water Updates H2O to Help Others Program to Help More in Need

Great News! New Jersey American Water (NJAW) has increased the income guidelines to be eligible for their H2O to Help Others program.  Effective immediately, applicants for the program can have income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  NJ SHARES has updated the application system to reflect these changes.  Our Agency Partners can find an income chart showing what 300% FPL looks like in the updated NJAW Training Packet.

H20 Help to Others

New Jersey American Water’s H2O Help to Others Program™ is designed to help those who need it most. Customers who qualify may receive a grant of up to $500 to help pay their water bill. This grant may not cover a recipient's entire water bill.  To qualify for this program, a customer's water must be shut off or in threat of shut off with a shut off notice, the total monthly household income may not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level and the client must show a good faith payment of at least $100 on their account within 90 days of applying.




August is National LIHEAP Action Month

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep low-income families safe and healthy through energy assistance initiatives and is critically important to New Jersey. In 2016 alone the program helped 273,831 low-income households in our state facing a financial crisis. 

Without this federal program New Jersey residents could be forced to heat and light their homes using unsafe measures, causing a public safety hazard that might lead to fires, other health-related risks, or even death.

Update:  The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee formally passed their appropriations bill  with $3.39 billion included for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The bill now moves to the full committee. The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) wrote a compelling letter to Congress in support of LIHEAP that was signed by more than 1,200 groups nationwide and 133 groups in New Jersey.

If your organization is organizing a LIHEAP advocacy event send the details to NEUAC at to share on, or tweet them @theNEUAC with the hashtag #SaveLIHEAP or #LIHEAPAction.

Pictured at the event are Iris Novas Cooney from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Sheild of NJ, Kayla Williams Director for Noth Ward Center Family Success Program and Dena Shipley Outreach Coordinator for NJ SHARES.

NJ SHARES Showcases Programs at North Ward Center Family Success Event

The North Ward Center's Family Success Center hosted an open house for the Newark community on August 25 at its Mt. Prospect Avenue campus. Many attendees were parents of young children who are enrolled in the community programs that the North Ward Center administers. Dena Shipley presented information on all NJ SHARES programs.

Pictured at the event are: Iris Novas Cooney, Community Health Education Consultant, Marketing & Communications, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Kayla Williams, Family Success Center Director, North Ward Center's Family Success Center and Dena Shipley, Outreach Coordinator, NJ SHARES.

NJ SHARES Presents at the Monmouth Council for Young Children

The Monmouth County Council for Young Children invited NJ SHARES to present information on our utility assistance programs as part of  its technical assistance and leadership development program provided for parents, parent leaders and the statewide network of County Councils of Young Children, early childhood community partners and others.  The Council held its meeting on August 14th at the Alphabets Pre-School in Asbury Park.

Pictured at the event are Atlantic City Electric's Alita Corbett, NJ SHARES' Rachel and Kimberly Warrick and Councilwoman Mary Helen Perez.

NJ SHARES Exhibits Programs at Woodbine Carnival

More than 1,000 people attended the sixth annual free Kids Carnival in Woodbine on Saturday, August 5 at Lincoln Park. The event, organized by Councilwoman Mary Helen Perez, is designed to help parents, caregivers and children get ready for the start of the new school year by participating in fun activities and collecting free school supplies.

Agencies and organizations exhibiting their services at the carnival included: NJ SHARES, Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern NJ , Cape May County Sheriff's Department, Billy Love and Thomas Champion from the Belleplain State Forest , Smokey the Bear ,McGruff the Crime Dog, Eagle, Belleplain Ambulance, Pricilla Ponies, the sheriff’s mounted horse unit, National Guard, CARA, Cape May County Library system, Atlantic City Electric, Boy Scouts of America , Woodbine Fire Department, DJ Jazman , Jason Tech-Turner, the PAC, Tori's Critters, Kona Water Ice, Mr Softee, and Pailoa Face Painting.

Dena Shipley explaining NJ SHARES' energy assistance programs at the Catholic Charities Energy Expo.

NJ SHARES Showcased Utility Assistance Programs at Energy Assistance Expos in Southern New Jersey

As part of our commitment to helping our neighbors, NJ SHARES partnered with Catholic Charities, the New Day Family Success Center and the Unite Here Local 54 Labor Union, to bring ACE Helping Hands and other energy, telephone and water application assistance to the community at three separate multi-day events.

The expos provided electric bill assistance, foreclosure assistance, programs for housing loans and first time homebuyers, Veteran's assistance, prison ministry and record expunction services, financial coaching and health and wellness resources.

NJ SHARES Wishes Students Teachers, Parents and Caregivers a wonderful new school year!

This month, NJ SHARES partnered with Assemblyman Wimberly's Office to distribute Lunch bags and back packs to kids in the Paterson district. We also partnered with Project Self Sufficiency in Newton for their annual Back-to-School Fair sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center 

These events offer parents the opportunity to network with local agencies and to learn about services available to themselves and to their children.  NJ SHARES supports these events because nearly 50% of the households we serve with our energy assistance program have a child 18 or younger in the household. These events support our neighbors who are striving towards economic self-sufficiency and family stability. NJ SHARES wishes all the students, teachers, parents and caregivers a wonderful new school year.


Agency Spotlight

Kingdom Academy staff pictured here are: Kim Jackson-Supervisor, Bobby Boykin Manager, Grace Holley Overseer, Maria Matos Coordinator and Karen Lovelace Executive Director.

Kingdom Academy

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 Kingdom Academy to our network of partners. Jim continued, “We believe our partnership with the Kingdom Academy will help the working families who participate in affordable day care programs.”

Kingdom Academy in Pleasantville, New Jersey provides a nurturing, high quality, safe and fun learning environment that is fit for each child’s overall growth and development. It is a Child Care provider that can accommodate up to 52 children for preschool.

Believing that children learn better if placed in a happy and positive environment, the staff's primary objective is to create that environment by motivating, guiding and observing each child’s progress and finding and developing each child's God-given talents and gifts.

“Bringing information about NJ SHARES assistance programs can help with some of the economic challenges that are often obstacles for families who are working, yet still struggling to provide the necessities, such as a safe and healthy home, childcare and nourishment,” said Karen Lovelace, Executive Director of the Academy.

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