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President's Letter

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating events of September 11, 2001. The tragedies of that unimaginable morning have had a lasting impact on our neighbors across New Jersey and our nation.

Heroes emerged that day. NJ SHARES partner agencies played many roles in aiding the households affected by these tragic events. Together we mobilized, worked round the clock and deployed whatever resources were available at the time.

I remember the sense of community and oneness that was demonstrated on that day and the weeks and months that followed September 11, 2001. Nothing else mattered but finding and taking care of our loved ones, our agency partners did outstanding work. They demonstrated their expertise to coordinate volunteers, staff, resources, mobile units, donations and support to an extraordinary degree.

It is with a warm heart that I extend many thanks to our partners and friends for their support of NJ SHARES since our creation in 1998. Through our agency network, NJ SHARES was able to provide energy assistance grants to our New Jersey neighbors that were impacted by 9/11. Our partnership has assisted more than 172,500 households in crisis.

This day will be forever engrained in our hearts and the compassion and commitment to our communities that followed lives on in our daily work.

Warm regards,

Jim Jacob

What's New

Save the Date: Center for Non-Profits Conference

The Center for Non-Profits will hold its Conference, Making Connections Count: Thriving in a New Era. The event featuring Allison Fine, author of 'The Networked Non-Profit', will be held on December 2, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Monroe Hotel in Jamesburg, NJ. The Conference commencing at 8:00am to 4:00pm will include workshops, exhibits and speakers on current issues affecting New Jersey non-profit organizations.

New Jersey Natural Gas to Host Energy Assistance Sign-Up Days

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will host energy assistance sign-up days in Morris, Monmouth and Ocean counties throughout the month of October. Agencies administering the Low Income Home Energy Program are partnering with NJNG to provide a sign-up service for clients in need of energy assistance this season. Clients will receive guidance on other forms of assistance they may qualify for. To qualify and apply for energy-assistance programs, participants are asked to provide proof of identification, proof of income (last four weeks prior to application date), proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of energy bills.

The events are open to the public and will be held: October 18, 2011 in Lakewood, NJ at the Ocean County Library, 301 Lexington Avenue, from 11am to 7 pm; October 19, 2011 in Long Branch, NJ at the Bucky James Adam Community Center, 231 Wilber Ray Avenue, from 10am to 6pm; October 20, 2011 in Asbury Park, NJ at the City Hall Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, from 9am to 4pm; October 21, 2011 in Jackson, NJ at the Melvin Cottrell Center for Senior Citizens, 45 Don Connor Boulevard, from 9am to 4:30pm; October 25, 2011 in Freehold at the Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center/St Rose of Lima, 12 Throckmorton Street from 9am to 6 pm; October 26, 2011 in Long Branch at the Saint Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Island Boulevard from 10am to 6pm; October 27, 2011 in Dover, NJ at the Baker Theater, 41 West Blackwell Street from 10am to 6pm and on October 28, 2011 in Keansburg, NJ at the Bayshore Senior Day Center, 100 Main Street, from 9am to 6 pm.

Atlantic City Electric to Host Low Income Summit in Atlantic City

The Low-Income Summit hosted by Atlantic City Electric will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The Summit will offer a forum to equip service providers with valuable information and tools to better assist Atlantic City Electric's low-income customers, many of whom have challenges with their energy bills. The summit is absolutely free and will commence at 8:00 AM with a continental breakfast and will conclude at 3:30 PM. An RSVP form is required and must be faxed to Diane M. Greenawalt at (302) 429-3207 by September 30, 2011. To obtain the RSVP form, please call Alita Corbett at (609) 625-6921 or Ronnie Town at (609) 463-3805.

New Jersey Natural Gas Company Hosts Energy Forums

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) hosted community forums to discuss energy assistance resources. New Jersey SHARES attended the forums to network with community partners and speak about available resources. The forums were held at the Morris county office of the United Way of Northern, NJ on September 22, at NJNG headquarters in Wall, NJ on September 29, 2011 and the remaining forum will be held at NJNG in Lakewood on October 6, 2011.

NJ SHARES Presents at East Orange Senior Information Event

The East Orange Division of Senior Services held a Senior Information Day on September 21, 2011. NJ SHARES presented energy, telephone and water assistance information to the group and advised the audience of how to seek services and apply for programs.

Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic Features NJ SHARES

Over 1,000 seniors from Bergen County participated in the Annual Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic, sponsored by the Bergen County Division of Senior Services. The event was held at Van Saun County Park in Paramus on September 14, 2011. The picnic included lunch, music, craft fairs and informational booths. Nine legislators from Bergen County were in attendance to meet and greet the seniors. NJ SHARES was able to engage hundreds of seniors to provide vital information on Verizon’s Communications Lifeline program, NJ SHARES energy program and water bill payment resources available in the area.

National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week - September 12th - 18th

NJ SHARES joined the National Association of Regulatory Commissions and Verizon, NJ in celebration of Communications Lifeline and Link-Up America programs. Lifeline and Link-Up are federal programs that offer households discounts on their telephone monthly bills and reductions in the installation fees for households who cannot afford to pay the connection charges.

New Jersey’s enrollment in Lifeline is automatic for more than 100,000 low-income residents who are already enrolled in social service programs such as SSI, Medicaid, PAAD, LIHEAP, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF), Food Stamp Program and others. Attention to these programs during this week, however, will help us incorporate many others who because of financial hardship do not have telephone service and may not be receiving the services they deserve.

To sign up, customers should call NJ SHARES at 1-888-337-3339 or visit

ACE's Energy Saving Tips

Tips to Save Energy While Doing Laundry: Make sure that you clean the lint screen after each load of laundry and check the exhaust regularly. A lint screen in need of cleaning and a clogged exhaust can lengthen drying time and increase the amount of energy used.

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