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January 15, 2010 - Acting Governor Sweeney Signs Legislation to Provide Funding for NJ SHARES
Today, Acting Governor Sweeney signed legislation that will provide NJ SHARES with funding to assist New Jersey’s limited and moderate income households in crisis who cannot afford their heating bills and do not qualify for the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funds, which have no impact on tax payers or utility customers, could potentially help 32,000 households stay safe in their homes this year.
Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES President and CEO said, “Governor Corzine's support of moderate and fixed income households in crisis allow our neighbors to remain safely in their homes. These funds will afford New Jersey SHARES the opportunity to avert potential tragedies for our neighbors in every county. Thanks to this support from Governor Corzine and State Treasurer Rousseau our neighbors will not have to choose between paying their energy bills and eating or taking necessary medications.” Governor Jon Corzine said, “We know that many of our most vulnerable residents, including seniors and some New Jersey families, struggle to pay heating bills during this time of year as energy usage increases. These funds will help to ease the burden of utility costs, keeping those in need warm and safe throughout the cold winter months.”
Atlantic City Electric has donated an additional $25,000 to New Jersey SHARES, Inc. to provide electric assistance to New Jersey households in need. Atlantic City Electric presented NJ SHARES with the grant at the Atlantic City Electric Energy Assistance Application and Resource Expo held at the Atlantic City Convention Center. “We are sensitive to the hardships our customers face, particularly during these tough economic times when many have nowhere to turn during a financial hardship, said Atlantic City Electric Region President Vince Maione. “We are proud to support the mission of this great organization.” Funds are immediately available for qualified applicants.
Elizabethtown Gas, through the AGL Resources Private Foundation, has donated an additional $40,000 to New Jersey SHARES, Inc. to provide energy assistance to New Jersey households in need. The foundation, the charity arm of Elizabethtown Gas’ parent company, AGL Resources (NYSE:AGL), previously doubled its contribution to New Jersey SHARES.
Elizabethtown Gas Vice President Don Carter presented NJ SHARES with the grant at the grand opening of Elizabethtown Gas’ new Customer Care Call Center in Union, N.J. “One of our corporate values is ‘generosity of spirit,’ and we are pleased to be able to give back to the communities we serve,” said Carter. “New Jersey SHARES does so much for so many. The money will be available to help qualified residents pay their heating bills this winter.”
Since inception NJ SHARES has helped 154,000 New Jersey households with more than $57 Million in energy assistance. “South Jersey Gas has been a supporter of NJ SHARES from the very beginning in 1998. Together we have been able to help thousands of New Jersey households with energy assistance grants”, said Jim Jacob, Executive Director for the organization. Jacob continued, “We are grateful to South Jersey Gas for this grant and their partnership”. NJ SHARES provides relief to a segment of our population who might not have anywhere else to turn..." said SJG President Ed Graham.
James M. Jacob, NJ SHARES Executive Director said, “This meaningful grant will make a true difference for limited income households who are facing difficult choices whether to feed their families or pay their energy bills. Jacob continued, “We are grateful to New Jersey Natural Gas for their long standing partnership and continued commitment as we address the energy burden facing households in New Jersey.” “NJ SHARES is a lifeline for many families struggling to pay for essential services,” said Laurence M. Downes, Chairman and CEO of New Jersey Natural Gas. “We are pleased to support their efforts and help make a difference for those in need. In these challenging economic times, it is even more important for companies that can do more to do more, and we are proud to do our part.”
July 1, 2009 - NJ SHARES receives grant from PNC Foundation The PNC Foundation donated $10,000 to New Jersey SHARES (NJ SHARES) to assist the statewide energy assistance organization in their effort to increase awareness of the program.
Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES executive director accepted the award at the NEUAC conference. Jacob said, “We advocate for families struggling to keep their homes safe and warm while balancing other basic needs such as food, prescription medication, health insurance and housing. This recognition is significant because it comes at a time when we are facing a challenging economic climate and a fundamental reshaping of the energy economy.” Jacob commented on the innovative leadership and commitment of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Board of Public Utilities President Jeanne Fox. “Without their recognition of the urgency and potential impacts on households in New Jersey ensuring a solution for residential electric customers through RGGI funding would not have been possible, said Jacob.”
February 2, 2009 -Mayor Robert Romano, Vineland Municipal Electric Utility officials and Jim Jacob, executive director of New Jersey SHARES, Inc. (NJ SHARES) have announced a partnership that will enable Vineland Municipal Electric Utility customers in need to receive energy assistance. This is the first partnership between a municipal electric utility and NJ SHARES. “We are proud that Vineland will be the first municipal electric system to benefit from NJ SHARES. I know many of our citizens are struggling to make ends meet, and this program will provide needed relief,” said Mayor Robert Romano. Vineland Municipal Electric Utility customers who are struggling to make ends meet may qualify for up to $300 on their electric bill or up to $700 if they heat their home with electric.“Many households in New Jersey, through no fault of their own struggle to pay their energy bills,” said Jim Jacob. “We are excited at the opportunity to provide direct and meaningful assistance to clients we were unable to reach prior to this partnership.”
January 13, 2009 - Despite a downturn in the economy, Governor Corzine has shown tremendous leadership by being the first Governor in the nation to respond to the worst national financial crisis since the Great Depression. By initiating and implementing an economic stimulus package to help put programs and funds in place to address the needs of the States most vulnerable citizens. New Jersey SHARES applauds the Governor and the Legislature for their significant work on New Jersey’s economy. The first installment of the $10 million appropriation directed to New Jersey SHARES has been made available statewide.
December 23, 2008 - Although she is a working mother of three children living in a residential neighborhood in Rahway, she and her husband always had room for one more, so they offered their home to a child under the care of the Division of Youth Services (DYS). Then gas prices started to skyrocket and it got harder and harder to pay her Elizabethtown Gas bill. Suddenly, the couple so willing to lend a helping hand needed one. She knew where to turn for help. She contacted Rahway Community Action Program at JFK Center and applied to NJ SHARES who granted her $495.00 to pay her natural gas bill. NJ SHARES is a non-profit organization that assists New Jersey residents who are having temporary financial difficulty paying their gas or electric bill. Recently, the AGL Resources Foundation has generously donated $20,000 to NJ SHARES, enabling it to reach more New Jersey households who are facing a financial crisis and who are having trouble paying their energy bills. AGL Resources is the parent company of Elizabethtown Gas Company, a New Jersey-based gas utility company. The Foundation is a charitable entity that supports energy-related and educational initiatives.
December 12, 2008 - Recognizing the hardships on main street this year, Governor Corzine signed a bill that will provide $10 million in assistance to NJ SHARES. The program assists New Jersey residents who cannot afford their heating bills and do not qualify for the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In addition to expanding energy bill payment assistance to residents in need, the bill also increases aid to food banks statewide; and promotes mortgage foreclosure assistance. click here for photograph
September 18 2008 - New Jersey SHARES received a check from The PNC Foundation in the amount of $10,000. This check represents The PNC Foundations commitment to a grant request submitted by New Jersey SHARES. “As a component of our outreach initiatives, we provide information on energy conservation. We will use these generous funds to purchase educational items to give away to families and individuals in New Jersey who are in need of guidance and assistance with their utility bills.” said Cheryl Stowell, New Jersey SHARES Director of Public Affairs. “New Jersey SHARES’ goal to assist individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis is a state-wide undertaking. By combining energy conservation with our outreach program we are better able to broaden the scope of our assistance to families in need.”
New Jersey SHARES is extremely grateful to The PNC Foundation for their continued support of our efforts and for their response to the energy crisis facing thousands of middle and fixed income households throughout our State.
May 8 2008 - The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) presented New Jersey SHARES with a check for $3,667 to assist households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis. “Many households in New Jersey, through no fault of their own struggle to pay their utility bills,” said Jim Jacob of New Jersey SHARES. “We are proud of the commitment this check represents. Being recognized by a national organization re-affirms our efforts to provide direct and meaningful assistance to New Jersey neighbors in need throughout our state. During these increasingly difficult economic times more and more of our neighbors are facing tough financial choices. Support from organizations such as CFEBA is one of the reasons New Jersey SHARES has been able to help over 127,000 families and individuals statewide since our inception in 1998.”
February 11 2008 - Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) has presented New Jersey SHARES with a check for $101,758 to assist households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis.
The grants were presented at Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. located in Asbury Park, one of New Jersey SHARES statewide partner agencies that assists working poor families and elderly residents of Monmouth County meet their basic needs. The checks represent JCP&L’s $51,758 annual contribution to New Jersey SHARES and $50,000 in matching customer and employee contributions. Since 2003, grants totaling more than $1,195,300 have been awarded to JCP&L customer. “New Jersey SHARES works to enable neighbors to help neighbors,” said Don Lynch, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) region president. “Our customers work to support their efforts and we are pleased to match their contributions in addition to providing seed funding. All of us working together make a difference.”
January 28 2008 - The AGL Resources Foundation presented New Jersey SHARES with a grant of $20,000 to assist households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis. “The donation of $20,000 to NJ SHARES from the AGL Resources Foundation demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the community” said Jodi Gidley, president Elizabethtown Gas. “Providing help for families in need of heating assistance is one more way we can reach out to our customers.” Ms. Thelma Smith, executive director of the Westfield Community Center, invited Elizabethtown Gas to present the check to NJ SHARES at the Westfield Community Center Association office located in Westfield. The Westfield Community Center partners with NJ SHARES to serve individuals and families in crisis.“Many households in New Jersey, through no fault of their own struggle to pay their utility bills,” said Jim Jacob of New Jersey SHARES. “We are proud of our long-term partnership with Elizabethtown Gas which allows NJ SHARES to provide direct and meaningful assistance to customers throughout their service territory and has enabled New Jersey SHARES to help over 126,000 households statewide since our inception in 1998.”
January 2 2008 -The NJ Department of the Treasury has presented NJ SHARES with a check for $3 million dollars from Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund. These funds will allow NJ SHARES to continue to offer assistance to families in our state who are struggling to pay their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis.The donation comes from a special utility trust fund maintained by the office of Unclaimed Property (UP) in the Division of Taxation. This special account holds unclaimed customer deposits reported by utility companies, and the $3 million represents 75 percent of funds remitted to the UP for 2007.“Winter in New Jersey without electricity or natural gas is truly unbearable,” said NJ SHARES Executive Director Jim Jacob. “Yet many of our neighbors are forced to choose between heating and eating. The administration’s support for New Jersey SHARES will enable us to continue to avert this disaster for thousands of New Jersey families. The funds that were recently released to New Jersey SHARES are making a significant difference in the lives of people in crisis throughout the State,” he said. Unfortunately the need is great and NJ SHARES utility assistance grants are processed on a first come first served basis.
October 19 2007 - New Jersey SHARES received a check today from The PNC Foundation in the amount of $10,000. This check represents The PNC Foundations commitment to a grant request submitted by New Jersey SHARES. “In an effort to increase our visibility and outreach, we will use these generous funds to purchase promotional and educational items to give away to families and individuals in New Jersey who are in need of guidance and assistance with their utility bills.” said Cheryl Stowell, New Jersey SHARES Director of Public Affairs. “New Jersey SHARES’ goal to assist individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis is a state-wide and constant undertaking. By expanding our recognition and our audience we have the opportunity to reach more families in need.” New Jersey SHARES is extremely grateful to The PNC Foundation for their continued support of our efforts and for their response to the energy crisis facing thousands of middle and fixed income households throughout our State.
October 10 2007 - New Jersey SHARES, Inc (NJ SHARES) celebrates it tenth year of providing assistance to working poor, fixed and middle income households. The organization will mark its anniversary with a cocktail reception at the PNC Bank tower in East Brunswick, NJ on October 10, 2007.This organization’s first decade has been one of solid accomplishment. Over the past ten years NJ SHARES has provided energy assistance to more than 125,300 households in crisis with grant amounts exceeding $40,350,000. Recipients do not have to choose between heating and eating or taking necessary medications. These grants provide a safety net for folks in a temporary crisis and help to prevent fires and the use of unsafe heating devices. NJ SHARES has gained national recognition as the recipient of the Victorine Q. Adams award. The National Fuel Fund’s highest award was bestowed upon NJ SHARES twice in its tenure. No other fuel fund in the nation has won this award twice. NJ SHARES has been a model to other states to create fuel funds to help their residents.
October 4 2007 - On September 28, 2007, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting held at AARP New Jersey State Headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, Ms. Sigrid S. Franzblau was elected to the Board of Directors of New Jersey SHARES, Inc. Ms. Franzblau is currently a partner with the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Schere, Hyland, Perretti, LLP, one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest law firms. She is a partner in the firm's litigation group and practices out of their Morristown, New Jersey office where she concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, including class actions. Over the past 24 years, she has gained extensive experience in successfully litigating disputes arising out of franchise and distribution agreements, antitrust claims, and breach of contract and fraud claims in an array of industries. In addition, Sigrid has significant expertise in handling insurance and reinsurance disputes, through the courts and before arbitration panels. During the course of her career, she has also developed a niche in trusts and estate litigation, in both the trial and appellate courts. Ms. Franzblau received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Barnard College and her J.D. with honors from Rutgers University School of Law- Newark. New Jersey SHARES is pleased and honored to welcome Ms. Franzblau to our Board of Directors and looks forward to working together to Offer Hope and Deliver Help.
March 21, 2007 - The AGL Resource Foundation presented New Jersey SHARES with a grant of $20,000 to assist households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis. “We strive to maintain a keen sensitivity to issues affecting our communities and if we can provide help we will,” said Don Carter, vice president and general manager for Elizabethtown Gas, a subsidiary of AGL Resources. The grant was presented at the Elizabethtown Gas Headquarters in Union, N.J.
“Many households in New Jersey, through no fault of their own struggle to pay their utility bills,” said Jim Jacob of New Jersey SHARES. “We are proud of our long-term partnership with Elizabethtown Gas which allows NJ SHARES to provide direct and meaningful assistance to Elizabethtown Gas customers and has enabled New Jersey SHARES to help over 120,000 statewide since our inception in 1998.”
March 2, 2007 -Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) has presented New Jersey SHARES with $98,000 of up-front funding for 2007 to assist households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis. The grants were presented at the Urban League of Morris County (ULMC) in Morristown, and represent JCP&L’s $48,000 annual contribution and $50,000 in matching customer and employee contributions. Since 2003, grants totaling more than $917,000 have been awarded to JCP&L customer.“Many households in New Jersey, through no fault of their own struggle to pay their utility bills,” said Jim Jacob of New Jersey SHARES. “We are extremely grateful to JCP&L and their participation in our program which has enabled New Jersey SHARES to help over 119,000 statewide since our inception in 1998.”
February 5, 2007 - New Jersey’s fuel fund receives $10,000 boost from Yardville National Bank. Nina D. Melker, First Senior Vice President for Yardville National Bank presented $10,000 to the energy fund’s Executive Director Jim Jacob. Melker stated, “Yardville National Bank is pleased to provide means to this very important cause. As the temperatures fall we must remember our neighbors who can not go without heat in this bitter cold”. “New Jersey SHARES is extremely grateful to Yardville National Bank for their support of our efforts and for their response to the energy crisis facing thousands of middle and fixed income households throughout our State,” said Jacob. “The generous support from Yardville National Bank strengthens their investment in helping New Jersey SHARES to continue to assist thousands of New Jersey families in crisis. These funds will allow us to hopefully reach more of our neighbors in need and to continue to help them to avoid choices that could result in tragedy.”
January 2, 2007 -The NJ Department of the Treasury has presented NJ SHARES with a check for $1.3 million dollars from Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund. These funds will allow NJ SHARES to continue to offer assistance to families in our state who are struggling to pay their bills due to a temporary financial crisis.
“Winter in New Jersey without electricity or natural gas is truly unbearable,” said NJ SHARES Executive Director Jim Jacob. “Yet many of our neighbors are forced to choose between heating and eating. The administration’s support for New Jersey SHARES will enable us to continue to avert this disaster for thousands of New Jersey families.” Unfortunately the need is great and NJ SHARES utility assistance funds are very limited. All grants will be processed on a first come first served basis.
July 25, 2006 - Michael Nardo, Senior Vice President – Northeast Regional Manager – Corporate Finance, PNC Bank, presented a check on Friday, July 21st to Cheryl Stowell, Director of Public Affairs for New Jersey SHARES. This check represents PNC Foundations commitment to a grant request submitted by New Jersey SHARES. “In an effort to increase our visibility and expand our reach, we felt that a chance to support and partner with such a well known and respected entity as the Alliance for Action was an opportunity well worth pursuing.” said Cheryl Stowell. New Jersey SHARES’ goal to assist individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis is a state-wide and constant undertaking. By expanding our recognition and our audience we have the opportunity to reach more families in need.
June 19, 2006 - For a historic second time in less than 5 years, New Jersey SHARES has been honored by the National Fuel Fund Network (NFFN) at their 22nd Annual Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. NJ SHARES was presented with the Victorine Q. Adams Award, which recognizes innovation and achievement by an organization in raising public awareness and generating financial aid for people in need of energy assistance, at an event honoring the late Victorine Q. Adams, founder of the Baltimore City Fuel Fund (now the Victorine Q. Adams Fuel Fund) – one of the first Fuel Funds in the nation.
February 21, 2006 - Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and FirstEnergy Corp. will present $90,000 of up-front funding for 2006 to New Jersey SHARES, the statewide agency that assists households that may have fallen behind on their utility bills due to emergency or temporary financial crisis.
January 11, 2006 - This week, the Legislature approved and Governor Codey signed legislation that directs $7 million dollars to New Jersey SHARES to assist individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis with their natural gas and electric utility bills.
January 3, 2006 - Today Acting Governor Richard J. Codey announced that the state will contribute more than $2.5 million in FY 2006 to help New Jersey families in need pay their natural gas and electric utility bills this winter season in light of bitter forecasts ahead for the cost of home heating. "Helping those in need is one of the most important things government can do. With energy costs rising this season this program is particularly needed," Codey. "This fund will help struggling seniors, families and the disabled pay the costs to keep their homes warm."
January 2, 2006 - NJ SHARES received a gift of $1,140 from the staff of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to use to help families stay warm this season. Ron Reisman, President of the NJ SHARES Board “was very moved to learn that BPU President, Jeanne Fox and so many of the BPU staff members made contributions to New Jersey SHARES in lieu of exchanging holiday gifts this year; it was an incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture, said Reisman.”
December 13, 2005 - The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association awarded a grant to New Jersey SHARES, a statewide energy assistance organization, to aid families with their utility bills this winter. The Charitable Foundation’s mission is to engage in charitable activities, including the support of worthwhile energy-related charitable projects.
October 19, 2005 - Timothy Williams, Community Outreach Manager for Elizabethtown Gas presented NJ SHARES with a $20,000 check for the organization to provide energy assistance grants in New Jersey. Energy bills are expected to be 48% higher than last year due in part to the interruption of production in the Gulf Coast. This coupled with the already projected increase in natural gas and electric prices spells crisis for New Jersey’s middle and fixed income residents.
August 23, 2005 - New Jersey Energy Assistance Program Receives Grant From PNC Foundation - Michael Nardo, Senior Vice President for PNC Bank, presented New Jersey SHARES, Inc. (NJ SHARES) Board of Directors with a $10,000 technology grant for the organization to upgrade technology used to communicate with clients in crisis and process grants for middle and fixed income households in need of temporary utility assistance.
July 21, 2005 - NJ SHARES awards 100,000th Energy Assistance Grant - A family from Hillside has become the 100,000th recipient of an energy assistance grant from NJ SHARES (New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services), the statewide energy fund that has provided more than $27 million in aid to needy families and individuals since its creation in 1997.
April 18, 2005 - Enjoy an evening at the theater and support New Jersey familes who have fallen on hard times.
December, 2004 - Codey Fuels Home Energy Program With $2.2 Million In Assistance - As the thermometer begins a descent to the coldest temperatures of the season, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey announced today that New Jersey will contribute more than $2.2 million in FY 2005 to help families in need pay their gas and electric utility bills.
September 9, 2004 - New Jersey Shares Receives Grant From PNC Bank Foundation - PNC Capital Markets, presented the New Jersey Statewide Heating And Referral for Energy Services, Inc. (NJ SHARES) Board of Directors with a $10,000 technology grant for the organization to upgrade technology used to communicate with clients in crisis and process grants for middle and fixed income households in need of temporary utility assistance.
July 2004 - AARP New Jersey State Director and New Jersey SHARES Founding Board Member Receives National Fuel Funds Network's Highest Energy Assistance Recognition Award - 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.
June 18, 2004 - PNC BAank Joins the New Jersey SHARES Board Of Directors - New Jersey Statewide Heating and Referral for Energy Services or NJ SHARES welcomes PNC Bank to the NJ SHARES Board of Directors.
October 24, 2003 - NJ SHARES Receives $1.6 Million - New Jersey SHARES is in receipt of $1.6 million from the Unclaimed Utility Deposit Trust Fund which was created by the New Jersey Legislature.
October 14, 2003 - NJ SHARES Teams Up With Online Charity Shopping Mall - NJ SHARES is now collecting donations through iGive.com, the first online charity shopping mall. Donations are made when consumers do their everyday online shopping through iGive.com.
October 7, 2003 - Cold Shoulder: Gas Costs Rise As Funds For Needy Fade - As North Jersey braces for a winter that could see a 12 percent increase in natural gas prices, a major program to help working families pay their gas bills is going broke. Reproduced with permission of the Herald News.
August 30, 2003 - Another Night Out At The Ball Park - The New Jersey Jackals sponsored NJ SHARES Night at Yogi Berra Stadium, with support from Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ).
August 15, 2003 - NJ SHARES Night - New Jersey SHARES, together with the Lakewood BlueClawS, hosted the 2nd annual New Jersey SHARES Night at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey.
August 11, 2003 - SHARES Funds Nearly Depleted - Can you imagine waking up without refrigeration, a working range, lights or even a fan on these hot and humid days? Thousands of our neighbors throughout New Jersey are facing or will face this crisis without your help.
June 25, 2003 - New Jersey Shares Receives Technology Grant from the Verizon Foundation - 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.
June 20, 2003 - New Jersey SHARES Names New Executive Director - New Jersey SHARES has named James M. Jacob of Hamilton Square as its new Executive Director.
April 21, 2003 - New Jersey SHARES Seeks Donations To Meet Current Needs - New Jersey SHARES (Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services) is in immediate need of public contributions to continue providing temporary assistance to individuals and families who fall behind in paying their utility bills. Due to an unprecedented demand created by the combination of a severe winter and a slow economy, New Jersey SHARES has exhausted its funds in a number of counties.
June 5, 2002 - New Jersey SHARES Wraps Up its "Winter 2001" Campaign After Giving $15 Million in Aid to Nearly 50,000 Households - New Jersey SHARES (Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services) announced today that it is formally wrapping up its year-long "Winter 2001" campaign after providing grants totaling approximately $15 million to help pay the winter heating bills of 49,244 New Jersey households.
February 6, 2002 - New Jersey SHARES Distributes More Than Eight Million Dollars To Assist The Needy With Their Energy Bills - New Jersey SHARES has assisted more individuals and families in 2001 than it has in all of its three previous years of operation. More than 25,000 families received New Jersey SHARES grants totaling more than $8.2 million in 2001. In the previous three years, 1998 to 2000, a total of $1.83 million aided approximately 8000 families.
February 1, 2002 - National Energy Help Week Letter to the Editor - The unusually warm weather we've recently experienced should not obscure the fact that thousands of New Jersey families are still having difficulty paying their heating bills this winter.
September 19, 2001 - New Jersey SHARES Assists Families Victimized by Terrorist Attacks - 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.
May 17, 2001 - Catholic Charities Exec Joins SHARES Board - Francis E. Dolan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, joins the Board of Directors of New Jersey SHARES, Inc. as an 'At Large' member.
March 20, 2001 - NJ SHARES Approved to Distribute Assistance Funds to Households - NJ SHARES was authorized by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to be the program to distribute grants to residents of New Jersey for natural gas and electric utility bills.
February 1, 2000 - NJ SHARES Distributes One-Millionth Dollar - NJ SHARES distributes its one-millionth dollar to a recipient who applied for the grant at the American Red Cross in Plainfield, N.J. The recipient of the one-millionth dollar grant is a single father of two teenage children who also supports a disabled family member.
January 11, 2000 - Bell Atlantic Manager Named to NJ SHARES Board of Directors - NJ SHARES announces that it has added Anna K. Lustenberg, Bell Atlantic External Affairs Manager, to its Board of Directors. NJ SHARES Launches Annual Fund Drive
November 8, 1999 - NJ SHARES commences its annual fundraising drive during November and December, through an insert found in residential gas and electric bills. NJ SHARES Receives Bell Atlantic Foundation Grant
June 24, 1999 - Bell Atlantic makes the first corporate contribution by a company outside the state's energy industry to NJ SHARES.
May 1998 - Executive Director Named - The Board of Directors of NJ SHARES names Lawrence P. Savitsky its first executive director.
March 6, 1998 - Remarks by Judith Lankau, Board President - From Press Conference
March 6, 1998 - Remarks by Nancy Haynes, President-Elect -From Press Conference
March 5, 1998 - New Jersey's Top Energy Firms, Non-Profits Launch Fuel Fund For Needy - A coalition of New Jersey's top energy companies and non-profit agencies today announced the creation of a new, statewide fuel assistance fund designed to offer help to individuals and families living in the state who are in need of temporary aid in paying their energy bills.
June 10, 1996 - Blueprint for New Jersey SHARES: New Jersey LIEN - Fuel Fund Task Force Final Report
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