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AARP New Jersey State Director and New Jersey SHARES Founding Board Member Receives National Fuel Funds Network’s Highest Energy Assistance Recognition Award

Ewing, NJ — July, 2004 — Jim Dieterle, AARP New Jersey State Director and founding Board member of New Jersey SHARES - the national leader in energy assistance funds helping middle-income families in New Jersey - was recently awarded the Sister Patricia Kelly Achievement Award at the National Fuel Fund Network’s 20th Anniversary conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Sister Patricia Kelly Award is the highest recognition granted in the energy assistance field and is given to the individual who has demonstrated superior achievements in goals set by the National Fuel Funds Network. These goals are: 1) increasing public awareness and understanding of low-income energy issues; 2) influencing energy-related policies beneficial to low-income people; 3) assisting in the creation and development of fuel funds; and 4) promoting communication and coordination among parties concerned with low-income energy issues on national, regional, and statewide levels.

Dieterle has been a tireless advocate for low-income, fixed-income, and moderate-income households. He helped initiate and now actively supports NJ SHARES as well as New Jersey’s Universal Service Fund, acknowledged as the best of its kind in the nation. He has also been a leader in expanding the New Jersey Communications Lifeline Program, one of the nation’s best programs of its kind. Dieterle has consistently supported the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by helping expand participation in LIHEAP for New Jersey seniors and other low-income NJ families through the establishment of innovative public/private partnerships for outreach.

New Jersey SHARES has been acknowledged as one of the very best energy assistance funds in the nation. It’s unique focus on helping families who don’t qualify for any government assistance and its innovative public/private funding has enabled it to help thousands of moderate-income New Jersey families every year avoid the loss of their electricity or natural gas utility service.

In accepting the award, Dieterle noted with gratitude the ongoing team effort between New Jersey’s leading nonprofit organizations, including AARP, and the state’s utility companies. “Thousands of middle-income New Jersey families suffering from financial emergencies and unpaid utility bills are being helped by New Jersey SHARES every year, even though the organization typically exhausts its funding for many counties in New Jersey before the end of each year,” Dieterle noted. “Thanks to New Jersey SHARES, the use of candles for light with its attendant dangers and moderate income families going without heat or hot water due to financial emergencies beyond their control has been greatly reduced”.

New Jersey SHARES assists those people who do not otherwise qualify for utility bill payment 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 apply for or make a contribution to New Jersey SHARES, please call 1-866- NJ SHARE 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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