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8/31/2016

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Jim Jacob, President & CEO

NJ SHARES, along with our utility partners, have been actively participating in a variety of outreach and community events throughout the state in order to get as much information out to households who may need our help. This is the perfect time of year to ready ourselves for the changing seasons – and the perfect time for our community partners to prepare, ensuring the very best safety net possible is available to those in need throughout the winter heating season.

We had the opportunity to participate in the Atlantic City Electric Community Roundtable and its annual Energy Summit. Atlantic City Electric has worked with NJ SHARES since our inception to provide critically needed assistance to our neighbors across Southern New Jersey. This assistance has become more essential as the financial situation in the Atlantic City region continues to decline and the impact of job losses in Southern New Jersey continues to be felt throughout the region. This year’s Energy Summit focused on the energy programs available for low to moderate income households who are in financial crisis and covered under other vital programs – such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can help families stretch their dollars. The Energy Summit also provided insights and spurred discussion to more than 100 community leaders who work with local families on resolving crisis.

Additionally, we joined our partners at Verizon New Jersey for the Latino Food Expo, which was held over the course of two days at the Meadowlands. NJ SHARES had the opportunity to educate all those who attended about the Communications Lifeline program, as well as provide vital information about the other energy and water assistance programs we offer.  We will continue our community outreach efforts into the fall, working with even more of our community partners to get the word out about all of the assistance programs and services we offer. Be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook page for information on where we will be next.

Finally, I urge you to save the date and plan on joining us at the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey’s Annual Poverty Summit on October 28 at Middlesex County College in Edison. The theme of this year’s Summit is Solving Poverty: Working Together for Racial and Economic Justice. Each year, advocacy groups, faith communities, labor and government partners, academics, service organizations and individuals who have experienced poverty gather together for the Summit to discuss solutions for ending poverty and to learn from each other. It is an educational and inspiring event and I strongly recommend anyone interested in these issues attend.

As always, I would like to sincerely thank our agency and legislative friends, our utility and energy partners and all of those who make it possible to help our neighbors in crisis stay safe in their homes.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob


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Rise to the Occasion - Sharing Thank You Notes

It’s that time of year – NJ SHARES is starting to gear up for the heating season!  Support us in our efforts to help our neighbors as we ready for the cold winter months ahead. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Here is a Thank You Note we recently received:

“Thank you NJ SHARES! I’m a senior citizen and recently I lost my husband from cancer treatment complications.  Since then, I found myself responsible for everything. My income was nearly cut in half and it has taken some time to try to get things in order.  I was able to supplement some income by teaching some per diem classes but when that opportunity ended I found myself in a downward spiral. I cut back on every expense that I could, but it still wasn’t enough to keep me afloat.  Finally, I went to the Center for Food Action in Bergen County and they guided me through the process of applying for a NJ SHARES grant along with pairing me with other resources.

The financial help that I received from NJ SHARES to help pay for my utilities removed the stress and pressure that I was feeling about how I could be able to pay this bill.  Now I am able to work out a realistic budget so I can handle the bill payments in the future.”

-L.D. –Garfield, Bergen County




Pictured from left to right are Stephanie Villari Processing Specialist, Jennifer Lazor  Program Assistant, Michele Benanti Program Assistant and Arlene Grybowski Assistant Manager Administration.

Meet Our Grant Processing Team

NJ SHARES relies on our grant processing team to work with clients and agencies to ensure our application process is timely and accurate.

The NJ SHARES grant processing team is ready to assist our energy and water assistance program applicants and agencies.  Pictured from left to right are Stephanie Villari Processing Specialist, Jennifer Lazor  Program Assistant, Michele Benanti Program Assistant and Arlene Grybowski Assistant Manager Administration.


Agency Spotlight


Pictured are Administrative Coordinator Annalyse Cooper, President Tyrese Gould Jacinto and Outreach Coordinator Lu-Ann Griner.

Agency Spotlight: Native American Advancement Corporation (NAAC)

NJ SHARES welcomes the Native American Advancement Corporation (NAAC) to our network of partner agencies who take applications for NJ SHARES’ various assistance programs.

NAAC, located in Bridgeton, is a non-profit, charitable, educational and service oriented agency, whose purpose is to create opportunities for training, employment, revenue, homeownership, home rehabilitation, maintenance and repair programs for Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Atlantic and Cape May counties. 

NAAC is operated by members of the local Native American Tribe Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, and is managed by principals who have more than 50 years of combined experience with community development, housing rehabilitation, weatherization, heater replacement, general construction, social outreach programs (such as, but not limited to Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certifications, Workforce Investment Administration), WIA Indian Job Service, senior and youth development, low income heating and energy assistance, state agencies and federal programs. 

“It is truly a great honor that we are able to form this partnership, NJ SHARES programs are in line with our community development mission and will bring tremendous social benefits for our clients, families, and communities of Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Atlantic and Cape May counties”, said Tyrese Gould Jacinto NAAC President.


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NJ SHARES' Barbara Gomes presents information on programs and eligibility guidelines at the ACE Energy Assistance Summit.

NJ SHARES Presents at Atlantic City Electric Energy Assistance Summit

NJ SHARES presented at the Atlantic City Electric Energy Assistance Summit on Thursday, August 25th.  Held at Atlantic City Electric headquarters in May's Landing, more than 100 representatives from non-profit and government agencies attended this year’s Summit in hopes of learning about various resources available for the upcoming heating season. The Summit also provided attendees information on energy assistance programs and resources available specifically for Atlantic City Electric customers, among other pertinent topics.

 

 




Pictured from left to right, Kimberly Warrick of NJ SHARES; Applicant Rhonda; Linda Ellis of NJ SHARES; Yvette Roland, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Wimberly; Marilyn Frierson, Director of Constituent & Community Relations for Assemblywoman Sumter;

NJ SHARES Participates in Paterson Energy Assistance Day

NJ SHARES was pleased to partake in an Energy Assistance Day hosted by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, Senator Nellie Pou and Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly on Monday, August 1. The event, held at 191 Market Street in Paterson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., gave area residents the opportunity to learn about and apply for available programs.  Attendees were encouraged to bring documents to be screened for program qualifiers, and NJ SHARES was onsite to answer questions and take applications for our energy, telephone and water assistance programs. 

 




Pictured are attendees at the National Night Out.

NJ SHARES Participates in Community Building Events

NJ SHARES had the opportunity to showcase our programs at two National Night Out events this month.

National Night Out is a designated community night out held in towns and cities across the country to encourage community building. Each town’s event is designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and help foster relationships with their local law enforcement partners.  The National Night Out’s overall goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This year, NJ SHARES was first onsite at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue in Wildwood on August 2nd for the town’s National Night Out event where we gave out more than 500 Frisbees and other informational giveaways. The event, hosted by the Wildwood Police Department, was a fun night for the entire community. 

The second event, hosted by the Hammonton Police Department and the Hammonton Family Success Center, was held on August 5th at Hammonton High School and gave NJ SHARES the opportunity to showcase our programs.  Special thanks to all of our community partners who were involved in helping to organize and run these special community events.

 

 




Pictured at the event is NJ SHARES' Dena Shipley.

NJ SHARES Exhibits at the Heart of South Jersey’s Touch-a-Truck Event

NJ SHARES joined other vendors on Saturday, August 13 at South Jersey’s Touch-a-Truck event in Gloucester County at the 4H Fair Grounds in Mullica Hill to provide program information to households that may need our assistance.

The event, hosted by the Heart of South Jersey, gave families the opportunity to Touch-a-Truck, see Atlantic City's mobile aquarium, attend magic shows and enjoy pony rides, face painting, carnival games. Additionally, children from New Jersey's Got Talent in Mantua hosted a special performance onsite and Home Depot donated a craft table, while a DJ provided additional musical entertainment.



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