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9/29/10

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Communications Lifeline and Link Up America Program Featured at AARP New Jersey Event

AARP’s Tele-Town Hall Event, on Sept. 15, featured Verizon New Jersey’s Communications Lifeline and Link-Up America Program, which NJ SHARES administers. Communications Lifeline and Link-Up America are programs that offer families discounts on their monthly telephone bills and reductions in the installation fees for those who cannot afford to pay the connection charges. At the event, more than 100,000 AARP members heard about this and other important programs.

The AARP event aligned with the National Awareness of Communication Lifeline week. New Jersey has more than 100,000 low-income residents enrolled in Lifeline, many are already enrolled in social service programs such as SSI, Medicaid, PAAD, LIHEAP/HEAP, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF), Food Stamp Program and others. NJ SHARES assists categorically eligible households that are experiencing enrollment issues as well as self-certifying low-income households. For assistance, call NJ SHARES at 1-888-337-3339 or visit www.njshares.org.

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, Oct. 13, 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 Sept. 30. To obtain the RSVP form, please contact Alita Corbett at: atcorbett@pepco.com or (609) 625-6921.


Save the Date: Anti-Poverty Network Conference

The Anti-Poverty Network will hold its 2010 Annual Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the War Memorial in Trenton. The Anti-Poverty Network includes individuals and groups from a variety of NJ communities and organizations, including advocacy groups, neighborhood organizations, labor unions, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other community agencies and networks. The network is united by its commitment to ending poverty in our state.


Save the Date: Center for Non-Profits Conference Workshop

The Center for Non-Profits will hold its 2010 Conference on Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Monroe in Jamesburg, NJ. The Conference will include workshops, exhibits and speakers on current issues affecting New Jersey non-profit organizations.
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This month marks two significant milestones for NJ SHARES’ involvement with critically needed water assistance programs: United Water Cares and New Jersey American Water H2O.

September is United Water Cares program’s five-year anniversary. In 2005, NJ SHARES teamed up with United Water New Jersey to create and administer an assistance program to help customers who, due to a temporary financial crisis, could not pay their United Water bills. Since its inception, the program has provided needy United Water customers with 2,381 grants. NJ SHARES is proud to have administered this valuable program, through our network of community agencies, for the last five years. More information about UW Cares can be found at www.uwcares.org. NJ SHARES administers this program in eight other states for United Water.

NJ SHARES is also celebrating its first anniversary providing the administration for NJ American Water’s (NJAW) H2O To Help Others ProgramTM and the Low Income Payment Plan (LIPP), for NJAW households that are having difficulty paying their water bills. Since NJ SHARES has been administering the programs, we have provided 456 water assistance grants in the H2O program, and enrolled 1,092 households in the Low Income Payment Plan.

This month, NJ SHARES was also delighted to be part of the outreach for the National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week, recognized September 12-18. Telephone services are an essential part of keeping all of us safe and connected, and it has been a pleasure to work with the NJ Board of Public Utilities, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Verizon New Jersey and AARP to draw attention to this worthy assistance program.

NJ SHARES, which began as an energy assistance program in 1998, is grateful to our network of agencies for giving us the ability to offer water and telephone assistance as well. Together, we are working to provide a holistic solution for our neighbors in need.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob

Events

NJ SHARES Attends Annual NAACP State Convention

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP held its Annual Convention on Sept 17-19 at the Crown Hill Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. The convention honored Black and Latino women who have made significant contributions to New Jersey. NJ SHARES was invited to exhibit at the event, providing an opportunity to raise the profile of our programs.

NJ SHARES Spreads the Word at Health Fair in Morristown

NJ SHARES attended Morristown Memorial Hospital’s 15th Annual Community Health Day on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Headquarters Plaza in Morristown. The event – a grass roots partnership with local organizations that serve many of the underserved populations in the area – gave NJ SHARES an excellent opportunity to spread the word about our assistance programs.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Hosts Health Fair

NJ SHARES attended a health fair hosted by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The fair, on Sept 11, provided fun and educational activities on health, nutrition and community resources for families.

NJ SHARES Attends Harrah’s Life Fair

Harrah’s Entertainment held a Life Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The goal was to partner with other community stakeholders to provide a venue where individuals can receive much needed information regarding services that they may be able to access. Harrah's also offered free health screenings, informational seminars, and samples of healthy low cost fare.

NJ SHARES Reaches Out to New Jersey Veterans, Military Personnel and Their Families

The G.I. Go Fund and Felician College hosted a Military and Veterans Career and Education Fair on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at the Campus in Lodi, NJ. The transition fair provided employment and educational opportunities as well as support services to all New Jersey Veterans, Military Personnel and Spouses. New Jersey SHARES attended to speak to the attendees about the assistance programs available.
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Reminder: LIHEAP and USF Rules

Agencies Please Note:

Clients whose income falls within the LIHEAP and USF guidelines do not qualify for NJ SHARES.

If your client received a denial from Universal Service or LIHEAP, th household information can be entered into the NJS system. NJ SHARES requires a copy of the denial letter to be included with the backup documentation. NJ SHARES will review the information and determine if the application can be completed for the client.

Questions can be addressed to outreach@njshares.org.


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