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NJ SHARES Names Pennsylvania Human Resources Veteran As Executive Director

Hightstown, NJ — May, 1998 —The Board of Directors of NJ SHARES, New Jersey's new statewide energy assistance fund created by a coalition of the state's top energy companies and non-profit agencies to help the temporary needy, has named Lawrence P. Savitsky its first executive director.

Mr. Savitsky, 50, comes to NJ SHARES after serving for 20 years as the Executive Director of the LCCCS (Lycoming County Crippled Children's Society) Children's Development Center in Williamsport, Pa., a community-based, private, non-profit agency serving children with disabilities and their parents throughout a 12-county area in north-central Pennsylvania. There, he administered an annual budget of $1.3 million and a staff of 55.

During Mr. Savitsky's tenure, the agency greatly expanded its services, achieved financial stability and grew to be recognized as a regional leader in Pennsylvania for providing exemplary human services.

Judy Lankau, NJ SHARES President, said, "We set high standards for NJ SHARES first leader, and Larry Savitsky exceeds all of them. He's a highly motivated, savvy, dedicated professional, with a track record of success in making community programs work."

NJ SHARES (Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services) is a pending non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Clients will be non-welfare, residential energy customers who are suffering short-term financial difficulties, have exhausted all other available resources of help and cannot pay their energy bills. Recipients will be certified for eligibility by human services agencies.

Data from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on residential non-payment service shutoffs shows that approximately 146,000 N.J. households in 1997 lost their energy service because of past-due bills.

Mr. Savitsky said, "I look forward to working with the many dedicated and knowledgeable individuals I have met on the NJ SHARES board of directors and assuming with them the new challenge of creating a statewide program to serve people in need. I also look forward to living in New Jersey again."

Savitsky, who lived in Sicklerville in southern New Jersey from 1974 to 1977, served as a human services administrator for the federal government in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. before joining the Children's Development Center as its executive director. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He and his wife Ann are the parents of two children: Lance, a Princeton University graduate who now attends Carnegie Mellon University, and Beth who attends Rollins College.

NJ SHARES is funded principally by a $1-million start-up grant made possible by Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G). Additional funding for the program comes from the coalition's other energy provider members' contributing a flat-fee percentage of first-year administration costs, and a pro-rated contribution based on the number of residential electric and gas customers they have in New Jersey.

More funding is expected from NJ SHARES solicitations of the state's businesses and the general public. All contributions will be tax deductible.

In addition to PSE&G, the energy providers that form NJ SHARES Board of Directors are: Atlantic Electric, Elizabethtown Gas Company, GPU Energy, Rockland Electric Company and South Jersey Gas Company.

The non-profit agency members of NJ SHARES are: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Community Health Law Project, New Jersey Low Income Energy Network, Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), Community Action Program Executive Directors Association (CAPEDA) and The Salvation Army.

NJ SHARES expects to be operational in early autumn in time for the 1998 fall heating season.

If you wish to make a contribution to NJ SHARES, please send your check to
NJ SHARES, P.O. Box 306, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553-0306.


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