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10/30/2015

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president's message


Jim Jacob, President & CEO

President's Letter

President Barack Obama recently released a proclamation declaring October 2015 as National Energy Action Month. Throughout the month, President Obama encouraged that we, as citizens of the United States, all recommit to the preservation of our future by supporting “clean, renewable and independent means of energy production and by taking control of our own energy consumption.” To read the proclamation in full, click here.

As advocates of energy efficiency and conservation, NJ SHARES stands alongside the President in recognizing the importance of National Energy Action Month and its initiatives.  We continue to support clean, efficient means of energy production, educate others on its importance in maintaining a clean environment for generations to come and encourage others to be mindful of their own energy consumption. Similarly, we continue to support the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Clean Energy Program, which offers a variety of programs – like Comfort Partners, COOLAdvantage and WARMAdvantage – to help offset the costs of making homes more comfortable and energy efficient. For a complete list of programs, visit the BPU website: www.state.nj.us/bpu/residential/program.

As we celebrate National Energy Action Month, I am also happy to recognize the 10-year anniversary of our United Water CARES (UW Cares) program.

United Water and NJ SHARES first partnered in 2005 to create the program.  UW Cares provides relief to people facing a temporary financial crisis by administering grants to help pay the water bills of households in need through a network of community-based social service agencies in United Water’s service territories.UW Cares is one of two vital water assistance programs we help administer at NJ SHARES. For more information, call 1-888-942-8080 or visit NJ SHARES website for an online application and detailed eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Finally, I was honored to give a presentation to the Northeast Utilities Credit & Collection Group (NEUCC) a few weeks ago. NEUCC is a network of utility/telecom professionals and service providers dedicated to the utility collections industry. This presentation gave me the opportunity to talk about NJ SHARES and the critical need for energy assistance not only in the state of New Jersey, but also throughout the nation. Using NJ SHARES as a model, I explained the real value of partnering and supporting organizations like ours to utility representatives from around the region. It was wonderful to see colleagues, and be surrounded by a group of likeminded individuals with a heart for helping people.

I continue to extend my thanks to our donors, agency partners, utility and energy company friends and supporters for their continued support as winter approaches. Your efforts do not go unnoticed – you are real heroes, ensuring that neighbors in need will continue to stay warm and safe this heating season.

Best Regards,

Jim Jacob

 


What's New


NJ SHARES' Staff and Verizon celebrate 10th anniversary of assisting clients.

NJ SHARES' Client Service Call Center Celebrates 10 Years

On October 6th, NJ SHARES marked the 10th anniversary of the first day our client service representatives took calls in our Call Center.  The NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center, sponsored by Verizon, assists people on the application and enrollment process for Verizon New Jersey’s Communications Lifeline program and 10 additional programs clients can be categorically eligible for.  As luck would have it, the anniversary fell during National Customer Service Week, which was recognized October 5th through 9th this year.

Verizon and NJ SHARES first partnered in October 2005 to open the NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center. Today, our partnership with Verizon is stronger than ever, providing help to more than 100,000 households in need each year. The NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached toll-free at 888-337-3339. For more information, visit: www.njshares.org/otherPrograms/communications-lifeline.asp.  




Your Warm Heart Can Heat a Home!

Be Part Of NJ SHARES' #Giving Tuesday Campaign

The generosity of people like you helps our neighbors avoid the tragedies associated with not having life-sustaining utility service.   NJ SHARES and more than 5,000 non-profits and businesses throughout the country are kicking off the giving season with our #GivingTuesday campaign. It’s not too early or too late for you to be part of this national movement – mark December 1st on your calendars and click here for more information on how to make a donation today. http://www.njshares.org/howYouCanHelp/index.asp


Events


Barbara Gomes, NJ SHARES' Development Director, stands in front of the NJ SHARES information table to thank public employees for their service and their consideration of designating NJ SHARES for their charitable contribution.

Public Employees Charitable Campaign Kicks Off with Event Series

The New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC) kicked off this month and NJ SHARES was invited to a series of informational events to meet with public employees and thank them for donating and/or considering a future contribution to NJ SHARES. The NJECC is a campaign for public workers to make charitable contributions to the charities of their choice through payroll deductions. 

“Individual giving is the lifeblood of any charitable organization; even a small amount can add up to a large impact,” said NJ SHARES Development Director Barbara Gomes.

NJ SHARES thanks our public workers for their service to our shared community. Additionally, we thank our donors who continue to support our work and in turn help our neighbors avoid the tragedies associated with not having life-sustaining utility service.

NJ SHARES extends its sincerest gratitude to the volunteer organizers of the campaign, who we call the “organizers of philanthropy.” Your dedication makes an impact for so many. Thank you for your efforts to enrich the lives of our neighbors.

NJ SHARES had the opportunity to speak to employees in Mercer County at the Office of Information Technology, Departments of Education, Corrections and Human Services: Division of Family Development and Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services. Barbara Gomes also spoke at the Ocean and Gloucester Counties Employee Kick Off Campaigns this month. The NJ SHARES' American Winter video was featured at these events.




NJ SHARES participants in Anti-Poverty Network Summit.

Anti-Poverty Network Urges State Leaders to Invest in the People of New Jersey

This month, NJ SHARES participated in the Anti-Poverty Network (APN) Summit. APN’s purpose is to work together with its partners to shine a light on the community crisis facing New Jersey, and on the solutions that are proven to make a difference.

The Summit focused on the very real crises New Jersey is facing and the need for coordinated efforts to address the deep roots of poverty and the complex economic problems that cause them. Additionally, the Summit urged residents to call on our state leaders to make the people of New Jersey the priorities for our state’s resources and we ask them to make state investments that respond to urgent needs that are hurting our neighborhoods and our neighbors. NJTV covered the Summit, click here to view the segment

The Anti-Poverty Network put out a white paper on three essential elements to the effort to end poverty which provides detailed information and recommendations on what New Jersey needs to do to change course. To learn more, visit: http://www.antipovertynetwork.org/APN-News/3577268.  




Pictured at the event: NJ SHARES' Kimberly Warrick, Assemblyman Chris Brown, Atlantic City Electric's Community Outreach Manager Alita Corbett and Freeholder Will Pauls.

NJ SHARES Participates in Fight to Prevent Foreclosures

Assemblyman Chris Brown and Freeholder Will Pauls brought together financial, utility and legal experts for a Free Help Session to help middle-class families and retirees stay in the homes they worked so hard for.

NJ SHARES assistance keeps the lights and heat on. Our work to help struggling moderate and fixed income households stay in their homes and keep their life sustaining utility services is vital to the quality of life of our neighbors.

The Free Help Session was held Thursday, October 8th from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Fairways at Mays Landing. The session included experts and resources on mortgage assistance, credit counseling and utility assistance. Experts and resources to help assist families included: NJ Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency, Consumer Credit & Budget Counseling, Clarifi, NJ SHARES, Sturdy Savings Bank and Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles' office.  

If you or someone you know needs additional information on how to avoid foreclosure, please call 609-677-8266. 




Community representatives from around the region attend the PSE&G energy event.

PSE&G Highlights NJ SHARES' American Winter Film at Social Service Event

On October 26, PSE&G hosted an energy assistance education event to inform the local social service agencies of the energy assistance program updates.  PSE&G showcased the NJ SHARES’ American Winter Video.  This event is helpful to the local community organizations in ensuring resources are connected to qualified households this heating season. NJ SHARES was joined by other program representatives in presenting information and materials to the social services, non-profit and government attendees. 




Pictured, from left to right: Thomas Hayes, Director, Customer & Community Relations and William Bradshaw, Program Specialist both of NJNG.

NJNG Showcased the NJ SHARES' American Winter Film at Customer and Energy Forums

As a proud partner in the communities they serve, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) sponsored three County Customer and Energy Forums in October in Monmouth, Parsippany and Lakewood. 

NJNG showcased the NJ SHARES version of the American Winter short film at each event. Thomas Hayes, Director, Customer & Community Relations for NJNG, provided opening and closing remarks at the forums, as well as an overview of NJNG. Additionally, NJNG Program Specialist William Bradshaw discussed the various energy assistance programs throughout the state that are available to customers.

This year’s featured guest speaker at the forums was Christine Michelle Duffy, Senior Staff Attorney for Pro Bono Partnership, who discussed how nonprofits can benefit from the organization’s services. The Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits serving disadvantaged neighborhoods in New Jersey. They offer a variety of resources and a knowledgeable staff to assist nonprofits with a broad range of business legal matters, such as contracts, fundraising, mergers and employment law. 




Paulann Pierson (left) from Somerset Office on Aging stands with NJ SHARES' Dena Shipley at the DisABILITY Resource Fair.

NJ SHARES Offers Information at DisABILITY Services Fair

NJ SHARES participated in the Somerset DisABILITY Service Fair, sponsored by the County Board of Freeholders and hosted by Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. The fair was held at the Somerset Human Services Building (27 Warren Street in Somerville) on October 28th. The free event gave all those who attended the opportunity to meet with representatives from Federal, State and Local agencies, as well as speak to representatives of various community organizations in order to obtain helpful information. Health screenings and free flu shots* were also available onsite (*for those who participate in Medicare Part B).

For more information about the fair, contact: Paulann Pierson at Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 908-704-6334.




Senator Bob Menendez

A Message from US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

It is National Energy Action Month and as we approach the cold months of winter, I want to recognize the work of NJ SHARES in connecting New Jersey residents with the guidance and financial assistance needed for their energy and utility bills. Through their network of human-service agencies statewide, NJ SHARES plays a crucial role in providing help to residents who face temporary financial hardships.  In addition to Energy, NJ SHARES assists clients with Verizon Communication Lifeline, as well as Water Assistance through American Water and United Water. 

With the heating season upon us, this organization’s tireless work on behalf of New Jersey residents in need is making a real difference, and changing the lives of people in our communities.


Agency Spotlight


Pictured here, from left to right: MCOHA’s Sonia Castro, HEA Senior Clerk and Lina Monsalve, Client Advocacy & Outreach Manager.

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 250 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 highlight our partnership with the Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA).

MCOHA is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by seven concerned individuals who saw that Dover’s growing Hispanic population was not getting the help they needed to become self-sufficient and engaged in the community. From these modest, grassroots beginnings, MCOHA has evolved to become a known and trusted resource serving nearly 12,000 low-income residents each year.

“New Jersey SHARES is such a valuable resource to our organization.  For nearly nine years, MCOHA has helped countless members of our community, who had nowhere else to turn, with much needed utility assistance,” said Lina Monsalve, Client Advocacy & Outreach Manager at MCOHA.

MCOHA has three easily accessible locations in Dover, Morristown and Butler. MCOHA is proud to provide a variety of services, including: Client Advocacy,  Citizenship and Legal Immigration Services, Community Outreach, Transportation, Education, Energy Assistance and Weatherization. MCOHA’s services are available for everyone – regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ability or disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

NJ SHARES would like to extend special thanks to the staff at MCOHA, who were on hand to take applications for our programs during the New Jersey Natural Gas sponsored Energy Assistance Days in Dover and Denville this past month. 




NJ DEVILS 'Take the Ice' to Benefit NJ SHARES 1/8/16!

Discount Tickets Available: NJ SHARES Night with the DEVILS – January 8, 2016!

The New Jersey Devils will once again “Share the Warmth” as they take the ice on January 8, 2016 against the Boston Bruins by offering DISCOUNTED stadium tickets to our supporters with proceeds benefiting NJ SHARES! In addition, each ticket purchaser will receive a FREE Devils gift!

Purchase your tickets to the game today – NJ SHARES will be recognized as the Devils’ Community Assist Non-Profit of the Game on the 8th! You can mingle with us on the concourse and see our featured highlights during the game.

Tickets can make great Holiday gifts and you can get your shopping done early. To purchase tickets, visit: newjerseydevils.com/NJSHARES and use promo code SHARES16. To purchase 10 or more tickets, email Mike Simonetta at msimonetta@prucenter.com.  



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