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save the date!


Anti Poverty Network's 15th Anniversary Celebration

Save The Date: APN Hosts 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser

On Monday, May 18 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, join the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN) and anti-poverty partners from across the state for APN’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser – The Commitment to End Poverty.

The event will celebrate community collaboration and honor the work of two outstanding leaders dedicated to ending poverty—Congressman Rush Holt, Jr. and Legal Services Advocate Connie Pascale, Esq. Enjoy a night of networking, dinner, a presentation of awards and a screening of APN’s 15th anniversary video.

The amazing FunkTASKtics, the performing arts group affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup kitchen, will be performing at the May 18 Anti-Poverty Network Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser. FunkTASKtics is an amazing group of artists who have found inspiration in the opportunity to express their experiences together in music. Check out their youtube video here.

In addition to the musical entertainment, the evening will include a delicious dinner, basket auction offerings, networking, the premiere of APN's 15th Anniversary video - Voices of Victory - and of course the chance to recognize and celebrate the work of two amazing advocates: Connie Pascale and Congressman Rush Holt.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities depending on your budget, and a booster option if you cannot attend but still want to offer your support. APN is a qualified 501(c)3 organization and the net value of all donations will be tax deductible.

Don't miss your chance to enjoy a unique evening of celebration and recognition of the power and importance of advocacy.

For more information about the event, click here, and to purchase your tickets, click here.

May18 Celebration Invitation.pdf

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

www.antipovertynetwork.org/event-1892908 or contact Serena Rice serenarice@antipovertynetwork.org.


Events


Kim Warrick, Client Services Manager for NJ SHARES, mans the NJ SHARES table at the 13th Annual Senior Citizen Conference in East Orange

NJ SHARES 13th Annual Senior Citizens Conference

On April 8, NJ SHARES’ Kim Warrick joined other vendors at the 13th Annual Senior Citizen Conference: “Senior Living Longer Growing Stronger” at the East Orange Division of Senior Services in East Orange, New Jersey.

The all-day conference was designed to inform senior citizens and disabled adults about services and entitlements that they have an opportunity to utilize.

Kim spoke at the event to more than 200 seniors about NJ SHARES and highlighted all of our programs and services—particularly the Verizon Communication Lifeline. Afterwards, she manned the NJ SHARES table and handed out literature to all those interested in more information about energy assistance.




NJ SHARES at the 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

Look for NJ SHARES’ Outreach Coordinators Dena Shipley and Linda Ellis at the National Association of Social Workers New Jersey (NASW-NJ) annual conference, taking place from May 3 through May 5 at the Borgata in Atlantic City. As one of the many exhibitors at the event, Dena and Linda will be handing out NJ SHARES information and answering questions.

This year’s NASW-NJ conference is called “Creating a Culture of Collaboration” and will provide opportunities for attendees to spend the weekend learning and networking.  The conference will feature speakers, continuing education programs, an awards reception, workshops and exhibitors.


Agency spotlight


Luisa Robinson, MECHA Executive Director and Jessica Velez, Family Counselor

Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA)

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 240 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community.  This month we want to talk about Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA).

MECHA is a private non-profit organization founded in 1985 to establish and ensure that adequate representation and services are provided to meet the needs of the Latino population in Mercer County. It’s mission is to provide and facilitate access to social services and advocate on behalf of the Latino community.

MECHA is celebrating 30 years of service to the community by offering an array of services to both the needs of an ever-expanding Latino population and the needs of all ethnicities in Mercer County.  From social service skills to bilingual language offerings, MECHA is at the forefront of improving the lives of individuals in need.

“NJ SHARES provides an additional resource to assist individuals and families during a crisis situation or period of financial hardship,” said Luisa Robinson, Executive Director, and Mercer County Hispanic Association. “Our partnership spans many years and together we continue to help our neighbors in need.”


president's message


Jim Jacob, NJS' President and CEO

As winter finally fades into the warmer temperatures of spring, many people are still feeling its harsh impact. Numerous New Jersey residents are struggling to pay their heating bills. Although the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal energy assistance program that provides energy assistance for low-income families, is scheduled to close on April 30, there is help available for those in need. I would like to remind those having trouble paying their energy bills that NJ SHARES is available as a safety net for all qualified households.

At NJ SHARES, our mission is to provide assistance to households and individuals who need help meeting their utility burden. Through assistance, advocacy, community outreach, education, information and referral, we connect low- and moderate-income households with available resources.

Our recently issued 2014 annual report indicates that a high percentage of NJ SHARES’ recipients include vulnerable household members. For example, 54 percent of NJ SHARES’ recipients had a child 18 or younger in the home, and 55 percent of NJ SHARES’ recipients had a household member over 50 years old. The full report is available on our website at NJSHARES.org.

NJ SHARES works in collaboration with social service agencies across New Jersey. Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is one of our many partnering organizations actively working to make a difference in our community. ACNJ’s mission is to identify the needs of children throughout the state and to raise awareness of those needs.

The recently issued 2015 New Jersey Kids Count report, published by ACNJ, compares New Jersey’s 21 counties on key measures of child well-being, including child poverty, health, safety and education. The annual report contains data about child well-being in New Jersey, including information on demographics, economics, education, family and community, health and protection.

As Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of ACNJ noted, “This is the fifth straight year that child poverty has increased in New Jersey.” This report provides critical information and insight, especially during the state budget process, and we will continue to work together with ACNJ and our other partners with a mission to end poverty statewide.

The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN) is another valuable partner organization that seeks to aid in the prevention, reduction and elimination of poverty. NJ SHARES remains actively involved in APN, and I continue to serve as chair. APN’s overall mission is to support all efforts and initiatives that have proven to be effective in providing essential assistance to Individuals, families and children living in poverty, while also helping to lift them out of it.

As a strong supporter, NJ SHARES looks forward to attending APN’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser taking place the evening of May 18th at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton. Anti-poverty partners from around the state will gather to celebrate the commitment to end poverty and the difference that is made by our committed community and leaders. In special recognition for their lifetime work to end poverty, APN will honor two special advocates – former Congressman Rush Holt and legal services attorney Connie Pascale.

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the legislators, community partners and agencies, as well as our corporate, foundation and individual sponsors, whose generous support enables us to provide our New Jersey neighbors with the financial assistance, support and resources they need in order to stay safe and warm. Together, we will continue to work toward preserving and reinforcing the crucial financial safety net for those children and families throughout New Jersey who need it most.


A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LEGISLATOR


Assemblyman David P. Rible

A Message from Assemblyman David P. Rible,(R) of the 30th Legislative District and Assembly Republican Conference Leader

We just celebrated the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 – an important day not only for citizens across the world today, but also for future generations to come.

Protecting our environment, creating green jobs and finding alternative sources of energy are just some of the important issues that come to the forefront of people’s minds when celebrating Earth Day. For me, these are issues that I take seriously and take into consideration when making important decisions. Moreover, I look for ways we can protect and better our environment while cutting costs for hardworking individuals and families.

NJ SHARES knows just how hard it can be for individuals and families to put money aside to pay for energy and utility bills on top of already saving to pay for groceries, school and other important life necessities. It is our responsibility as legislators to enact meaningful legislation to help them in that purpose and cut the cost of living in our state, while also safeguarding our environment.

To that end, I sponsored legislation that would require all new state buildings to have solar or geothermal energy systems. This bill, A-1526, would not only reduce the state government’s electricity usage and, in return, lower the cost of utility bills at the burden of the taxpayers, it would also lessen the state’s impact on the environment.

I also sponsored legislation that would require electric public utilities to implement infrastructure protection plans before any potential rate increase. This bill, A-1540, would help make sure that families are receiving the best service for their money from their utility companies. At the same time, this bill would ensure these companies are taking precautionary measures to safeguard their infrastructure from flood damage which could cause a disruption in service to their customers.

Another bill that I am proud to sponsor, A-1750, would permit the sub-metering of water consumption in multi-family dwellings. This piece of legislation would not only promote water conservation, it would also reduce the cost of utilities for numerous individuals, as sub-metering would show actual consumption levels for each dwelling instead of a set rate.

It is with these bills, among other pieces of legislation, that I am actively trying to reduce our carbon footprint on earth and protect our environment while, at the same time, cut costs for hardworking individuals who are juggling numerous bills in addition to the cost of their utilities.

As I watch NJ SHARES carry out their important mission to help individuals meet their energy and utility needs, I will do my best in my role as a member of the General Assembly to push for legislation that will benefit hardworking taxpayers in both an economical and eco-friendly manner.

 


Updates


Jim Dieterle, State Director for AARP NJ and Founding Father of NJ SHARES, accepts his award from Barbara Gomes, Director of Development for NJ SHARES.

AARP NJs State Director Jim Dieterle Receives Award

This past month, NJ SHARES presented Jim Dieterle, state director for AARP NJ and founding father of NJ SHARES, an award for his innovation, leadership and commitment to improving the lives of our neighbors in need.

NJ SHARES President and CEO Jim Jacob said, “Jim is an advocate for others, dedicating his life to bettering the lives of our neighbors through his work with AARP NJ and NJ SHARES. He is a truly remarkable person, and we are honored to present him with this award.”

Jim is a true “Neighborhood Hero,” and his advocacy on behalf of NJ SHARES has laid the groundwork for funding that has provided close to 180,000 households with energy assistance. Even though he recently retired from AARP, Jim will continue to serve as a volunteer and represent AARP on the NJ SHARES Board.

Congratulations, Jim!




Garden State Leaders

The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness will be starting a pilot program this June called Garden State Leaders. Free to the homeless or formerly homeless, the program will help participants to build leadership skills and learn how to be advocates in their local community.

Each session will offer a different area of focus, including how to interact with state and local leaders, leadership, advocacy and how attendees can help to resolve community issues. Sessions will be held once a month for six months at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.

For more information, visit www.njceh.org/GSL. To speak with someone from the organization, email info@njceh.org or call 862-926-2115.




Odaly P.

News from the NJS-VZ Client Services Call Center

New Jersey SHARES Client Services Call Center has been assisting Verizon NJ Customers since October of 2005 and Odaly P. has been with NJ SHARES in the Verizon Lifeline Call Center since 2014.

This last year, New Jersey SHARES has given me the opportunity to share my experience and customer service skills by assisting those who need it most. I am grateful for having this opportunity to help those in my community and for the team I am working with. New Jersey SHARES’ purpose is to provide holistic solutions to their community, I hope to be a part of the solution and make a difference for someone




Social Security Administration

What should I do if I think someone is using my Social Security number?

If you think someone is using your number, review the earnings posted to your record on your Social Security Statement. To get your online Statement, go to my Social Security.

We consider identity theft one of our major challenges. And we have joined in governmentwide efforts to prevent Social Security number misuse.

We can resolve Social Security number reporting problems on our own records. We cannot control or resolve Social Security number problems with other organizations such as credit companies, banks or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has primary responsibility for identity theft.

To contact the FTC:

When you have tax issues (such as someone using your Social Security number to work or get your tax refund), contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit or call 1-800-908-4490.

In addition, you can order free credit reports annually from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union). Make a single request for all three:

Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.
Also, file a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

More Information
Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number

Your Social Security Number And Card

 



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