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New Jersey SHARES Receives Technology Grant From The Verizon Foundation

Ewing, NJ — June 25, 2003 — Anna Lustenburg, Director of External Affairs at Verizon, presented the New Jersey Statewide Heating And Referral for Energy Services, Inc. (NJ SHARES) Board of Directors with a $5,000 technology grant for the organization to upgrade technology used to process grants for middle and fixed income households in need of temporary utility assistance.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and our 63 non-profit human service agency partners, we want to thank the Verizon Foundation for supporting New Jersey SHARES and the middle and fixed income households that we assist”, said Jim Jacob, executive director of NJ SHARES. “The Verizon Foundation’s contribution of $5,000 will allow us to improve our intake process and provide more timely assistance to New Jersey households in need. Responsible corporate citizens like the Verizon Foundation make the challenging task of providing crisis assistance to families and individuals struggling to meet all of their financial obligations much easier.”

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. It is a privately endowed charity that funds nonprofit grant proposals on behalf of Verizon and administers the Verizon Volunteers program. The foundation supports nonprofits in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and administers all domestic and international philanthropic grants on behalf of the corporation. Verizon is dedicated to addressing the social and economic needs of the communities they serve. Among other recognitions, Verizon has been recognized in two consecutive years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) with their most prestigious award in recognition of Verizon’s industry-leading energy efficiency program.

NJ SHARES is an energy assistance program that assists those people who do not otherwise qualify for utility bill assistance through traditional programs. NJ SHARES helps households with a temporary financial hardship that could have resulted from a job loss, an illness or other misfortune. Each client fills out an application with the assistance of a local community- based organization. Eligibility is determined by the NJ SHARES

staff based on individual need. New Jersey SHARES grants are distributed year-round. To donate or apply for the NJ SHARES program, please call our toll free number (1-866-657-4273) or visit our website at

New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization which provides grants to pay the utility bills of households in need through a statewide network of 63 community-based social service agencies. The New Jersey SHARES Board consists of New Jersey’s seven natural gas and electric utilities (Conectiv, NUI Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Rockland Electric, South Jersey Gas and Public Service Electric & Gas), six non-profit agencies (AARP, the Salvation Army, Association for Children of New Jersey, New Jersey Community Action Agencies, Catholic Charities and the Community Health Law Project), and three at-large members Verizon, PNC Bank, and Mr. Michael Swayze of Montclair.

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