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11/30/2016

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

Presidentís Message

November is a month for giving thanks for the things in our lives that we value.  One of the many things in my life that I value is the work that we do at NJ SHARES.  I am grateful for our donors, partner agencies, corporate and foundation sponsors, volunteers, board, staff and friends that have made it possible for us to help 181,900 households.

As the cold weather begins to set in across the state and we reflect on Thanksgiving and giving back to help others, I wanted to point out that most NJ SHARES grants are provided to the working poor, those facing a temporary setback and those with vulnerable household members.  A recent program-impact evaluation reported that 82 percent of our grant recipients have employment income and a vulnerable household member.  In addition, 49 percent of households who received NJ SHARES assistance last year had a child under the age of 18 and 55 percent had a household member over 50 years old.

NJ SHARES will continue to serve as a safety-net energy assistance program to help New Jersey residents with no other options to restore their utility service during a crisis situation.  Thank you again to all that support the work we do.  As we enter this holiday season, let’s work together to offer hope, by helping those who need it the most.

Warmest Regards,

Jim Jacob


What's New


Itís Not Too Late to Give

Over the past few years, NJ SHARES has been proud to participate in #GivingTuesday - an annual global giving campaign to encourage support for those in need around the world through gifts of time, donations, goods or your voice. Giving Tuesday follows the retail holidays known as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and gives people a day to give back to those in need. #GivingTuesday - November 29, 2016

Each year, our #GivingTuesday campaigns have been fueled by generous donations from passionate and dedicated individuals like you, who possess the desire to make a difference and help their neighbors in need.

Please join our donors in supporting our work here at NJ SHARES by making a contribution to our energy program. Your warm heart can help heat a home, and keep the lights on this winter season – keep the giving momentum going, donate to NJ SHARES today!




NJ SHARES Night with the New Jersey DEVILS

Here is a great idea for a Holiday Gift – Discounted Devils Tickets that Support NJ SHARES!!! Our next NJ SHARES Night with the New Jersey DEVILS is January 20, 2017! The New Jersey Devils will once again ‘Share the Warmth’ as they take the ice, on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM against the Montreal Canadiens, by offering DISCOUNTED stadium tickets to our supporters with proceeds benefiting NJ SHARES!  Come support NJ SHARES as the Community Assist Partner of the Night!

  • Group Seating at the Game
  • Discounted Group Ticket
  • Group Welcome on the Scoreboard
  • Group Gift for Everyone in Attendance

To Order Tickets, Please Visit: www.newjerseydevils.com/njshares17 – Promo Code: njshares17

Order deadline is December 30, 2016.  If you experience technical problems with the discount code or need printable tickets, please call Joshua Malakoff at 973-757-6162.  Download the PDF for ticket Pricing and Details.  Note: The promo code is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.




NJ SHARES Partners with AmazonSmile this Holiday Season

Support NJ SHARES By Shopping on Amazon Today! The holiday season is all about giving – why not give a little something back to those in need? AmazonSmile is a special program through Amazon.com that will donate a percentage of your purchases directly to your choice nonprofit, including NJ SHARES! It’s the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices, same service – just with a little something extra to help you make a difference to those in need. Give a little something back this holiday season – click through the link to get a jump on your shopping and make a difference today. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-3564398




PSE&G Hosted Two Energy Assistance Conferences

NJ SHARES was proud to participate in two energy assistance conferences hosted by PSE&G. The annual conferences were held in Edison on November 10th and Newark on November 15th. They provided an opportunity for our agency partners, who provide social services to the same communities where PSE&G provides natural gas and electric utility services, to convene and learn about the energy assistance program updates for the upcoming heating season.

NJ SHARES presented on our energy, telephone and water utility assistance programs  We were joined by representatives from the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Affordable Housing Alliance, the Board of Public Utilities, NJ Comfort Partners and the Social Security Administration.

Thanks to our partners at PSE&G for the opportunity to meet with our agency network and gear up for the heating season ahead.




NJ SHARES Day at the Statehouse

Monday, November 21st was NJ SHARES’ Day at the Statehouse in Trenton! NJ SHARES took over “Goldfinch” Square at the intersection of the hallways between the Statehouse, The Annex and the Café.  The NJ SHARES team provided statehouse visitors and staff with energy and water assistance information along with Verizon Communications Lifeline program discount information. The Assembly and Senate were in session on this date and NJ SHARES was able to speak to some of our representatives and their staff about our programs and partnerships. The event was a great way to educate decision makers on the importance of energy and utility affordability and the work of NJ SHARES.




Anti-Poverty Network Increases Shared Knowledge of Structural Racism at Poverty Summit

Last month, the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN-NJ) released five systematic recommendations to dismantling structural racism in the Garden State at its annual Poverty Summit.  APN-NJ defines structural racism as “the interaction between institutions, policies, and practices that inevitably perpetuate barriers to opportunity and engender racial disparities.”  APN-NJ is, “Pursuing a multi-year initiative to research and identify ways in which racism manifests in the state’s policy and legislation, and to discover and promote actionable solutions.” This year’s Poverty Summit was attended by approximately 250 participants with a goal, according to APN, “to increase our shared knowledge of structural racism, and make progress together toward ending racism and poverty in New Jersey.” Visit the APN-NJ website to learn more about this important initiative.


Events


NJ SHARES Participated in Atlantic City Electric's Energy Assistance Day

On November 1st, Atlantic City Electric along with Senator Jefferson Van Drew, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, and Assemblyman R. Bruce Land sponsored an Energy Assistance Day at the Millville Public Library, to engage the community about financial literacy and energy assistance. Attendees were encouraged to bring their documents to the event where they were screened for financial help and flexible payment arrangements. NJ SHARES was on hand to offer energy assistance and efficiency information.




NJ SHARES Attended Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day

NJ SHARES participated in the Eighth Annual Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day held on November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Avalon Community Center.  This countywide event is focused on the interests and needs of individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and friends, but is open to all in the Cape May County community. This event offered both a social and educational opportunity to all in the community, with all our varying abilities. Participants enjoyed a wonderful day of fun, music and information.




NJ SHARES Exhibited at Atlantic City Casino Workers Job Help Fair and Resorts' Energy Assistance Day

The back-to-back events commenced on November 9th at Bally’s, 1901 Boardwalk and November 10th at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Both events were meant to provide resources to help county residents navigate the tough economy and record job-losses in the area.  NJ SHARES was on site to take applications for our Communications Lifeline telephone discount program, the New Jersey American Water assistance program and our energy assistance program.




Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

NJ SHARES Exhibited at Assemblyman Andrew Zwickerís Open House

On November 14, NJ SHARES attended Assemblyman Andew Zwicker’s open house in Skillman, NJ.  The Somerset county event welcomed citizens of the 16th Legislative District to come out and meet their legislator and his staff. NJ SHARES was on hand to provide program information and energy education to the community.



NJ SHARES Highlighted at Cape May County Housing Resource Fair for Sandy Impacted Residents

On November 18th, NJ SHARES exhibited our programs at the Cape May Housing Resource Fair held at the Atlantic Cape Community College in Cape May Court House, New Jersey from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, the Equal Housing Opportunity group, and the Renew Jersey Stronger, provided residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy the opportunity to meet one-on-one with housing counselors, developers, landlords, local non-profits, local and State Government Representatives, and other support services.


Agency Spotlight


NJ SHARES' Outreach Coordinator Dena Shipley meets with Martha Nealer, Assistant Director of Corporate and Community Engagement for the United Way of Salem County.

United Way of Salem County

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 230 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  This month we are pleased to highlight the United Way of Salem County.

The United Way of Salem County celebrate 60 years of engaging the caring power of the community via Giving, Advocacy, and Volunteering to advance the access to critical resources in Education, Income Stability, Health, and Youth Development.  The primary goals of their programs are to build a strong foundation of early education; promote increased high school graduation with transition to and through post-secondary education and/or career development; help people gain the income and financial tools to thrive; improve child and adult health by promoting healthy behaviors; create a cohesive coalition to address gaps in service throughout Salem County; and provide positive developmental resources for youth.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. We believe that by 2018, with the help of our supporters, we can help stabilize the economic climate in Salem County and reduce the number of families that are consistently dependent on basic needs assistance,” said Martha Nealer, Assistant Director of Corporate and Community Engagement for the United Way of Salem County.  Ms. Nealer continued, “The NJ SHARES program helps low to moderate income households remain on their financial footing during a temporary crisis which supports our efforts to reduce our residents’ income instability and help people gain the income and financial tools to thrive.”

Jim Jacob President and CEO of NJ SHARES said, “The United Way of Salem County has been an important partner in expanding our programs reach to the Salem county community since joining our network in 2010.  Jacob continued, “We value our partners at United Way of Salem and appreciate their work to address obstacles that prevent hard working families and seniors from getting ahead financially”.



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