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New Jersey SHARES Assists Families Victimized By Terrorists Attacks Energy Assistance Fund Makes Grants Available to NJ Households Hurt By Economic Impact of World Trade Center Collapse

Ewing, NJ — September 19, 2001 —New Jersey families and individuals that sustained losses resulting from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center may qualify for energy assistance grants of up to $1000 from New Jersey SHARES.

New Jersey SHARES (Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services) Executive Director Larry Savitsky said today that his organization would help pay the utility bills of New Jersey households who are suffering financial hardships caused by the World Trade Center tragedy. "There are numerous families in New Jersey that - directly or indirectly - will bear a heavy burden as a result of this catastrophe, whether it is loss or injury of a family member, the destruction of a business, loss of a job or income, or other economic hardship caused by the domino effect of the disaster", Savitsky said. "Their bills will still need to be paid, and New Jersey SHARES can help in that regard.".

Savitsky said that New Jersey SHARES would award grants of up to $750 on natural gas bills and up to $250 on electricity bills to eligible households. "Eligibility is based on need, not income, so that a temporary financial hardship resulting from a lost job, lost income or injury related to this disaster could qualify an individual or family for a grant", he said.

People may apply for New Jersey SHARES grants by contacting any of the 48 participating social service agencies throughout the state. They may find out the name and telephone number of the nearest agency by calling toll-free 1-866-NJ SHARE (1-866-657-4273).

Savitsky also noted that New Jerseyans who wish to help their less fortunate neighbors may do so by making a tax-deductible donation to New Jersey SHARES. Checks or money orders payable to New Jersey SHARES may be sent to its office at 121 Shelley Drive, Suite 2A, Hackettstown, NJ 07840-2530.

New Jersey SHARES is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting needy individuals and families with their utility bill payments. Grants are administered through a statewide network of social service agencies. The Board of Directors of New Jersey SHARES is comprised of representatives from each of the state's seven natural gas and electric utilities (Connectiv, GPU Energy, New Jersey Natural Gas, NUI Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, Rockland Electric and South Jersey Gas) and AARP New Jersey, Association for Children of New Jersey, Catholic Charities, Community Health Law Project, New Jersey Community Action Association, The Salvation Army and Verizon New Jersey.

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