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Your Warm Heart Can Heat a Home - Help Us Reach Our Goal

Each year, NJ SHARES relies on the generosity of our neighbors and friends. NJ SHARES donors and corporate sponsors donated more than $450,000 to NJ SHARES' programs this year. Our goal is to reach $500,000 by the end of the year.  For more information on how you can help NJ SHARES reach this goal, please visit our website.  Be a hero in your neighborhood, donate today.
 


Elizabethtown Gas Company Matches Customer Contributions

Elizabethtown Gas customers have contributed more than $25,000 to assist their neighbors in need with their natural gas bills. To celebrate the generosity of their customers, Elizabethtown Gas has donated $25,000 to match their contributions! Thanks to all the ‘Neighborhood Heroes’ who donated to help their neighbors in need with essential utility service.  100 percent of these contributions go directly to help our neighbors in need.  



From left – Brian McLean, Vice President, Elizabethtown Gas; Barbara Gomes, Development Director, NJ SHARES; and Timothy Williams, Manager of Community Relations & Economic Development, Elizabethtown Gas.

Elizabethtown Gas Awards $20,000 to NJ SHARES Energy Assistance Program

Elizabethtown Gas has awarded energy assistance grants, totaling more than $100,000 to five nonprofits in its service territory to supplement a portion of New Jersey residents’ home heating costs, and to support projects that promote energy conservation and efficiency. 
 
 “We are very grateful to Elizabethtown Gas. They demonstrate their long-term commitment to New Jersey customers by ensuring an emergency fund is available to help qualifying households stay safe and warm in their homes as we head into the colder months,” said Barbara Gomes, Director of Development for NJ SHARES. “Together we have been able to help thousands of New Jersey households with their energy bills.”
 
“Each year, Elizabethtown Gas does its part by donating these grants to the official state-approved intake agencies for energy assistance and other strong community stakeholders in our service area,” said Brian MacLean, the company’s vice president of operations. “These gifts not only reflect our core value – generosity of spirit, it reemphasizes our commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve.”



From left: Joseph F. Whall, Senior Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Financial Services Group, New Jersey Market; Jim Jacob, President and CEO, New Jersey SHARES; and Michael Nardo, Executive Vice President, Northeast U.S.

PNC Foundation Contributes $10,000 to NJ SHARES’ Energy Conservation Project

At NJ SHARES we believe it is important to link energy education and conservation tips to the energy and utility assistance programs we provide. Educating the vulnerable populations on conservation and avoiding choices that could result in tragedy are a priority for NJ SHARES.  The PNC Foundation’s $10,000 gift will allow NJ SHARES to purchase energy conservation kits to give to New Jersey households who are in need of guidance and assistance with their energy bills.
 
 “Because the PNC Foundation is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of our New Jersey neighbors, we chose to support NJ SHARES efforts in energy education this year,” said Joseph F. Whall, PNC Director of Client and Community Relations for Central & Northern New Jersey. “We appreciate the PNC Foundation’s continued commitment to our cause,” said Jim Jacob, president and CEO of NJ SHARES.  
 



PJ Whelihan’s will Host Fundraiser to Benefit NJ SHARES on November 6th

Join us on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 for our next Dine-Out-To-Donate fundraiser! This time we will be in Camden County at PJ Whelihan’s (700 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township NJ 08033 – (856)-427-7888) between 5:00pm and 11:00pm. 15% of all sales generated by our event will go to NJ SHARES to help NJ residents who are struggling to stay warm or keep the lights on.  



Pictured Left to Right: Darrin J. Russo, President of the Supervisory Officers Association, Franklin Two #154; Cheryl Stowell, NJ SHARES; Assemblyman Chivukula and Kenneth W. Daly, Alternate State Delegate for PBA #154.

NJ SHARES Night of Food, Fun and Fundraising

NJ SHARES benefited from a Dine-Out-To-Donate event held Wednesday, October 9th at the Stage House Tavern in Somerset.   Local friends came out to celebrate the work of NJ SHARES by dinning in or ordering out, as a portion of our supporters checks were donated to NJ SHARES.
 
Assemblyman Chivukula and his staff attended to celebrate his special birthday day with us!  - “We are honored that Assemblyman Chivukula supported our event on his birthday and invited his friends to join in the festivities, said Jim Jacob, President and CEO of NJ SHARES.”
 
Union representatives show support for NJ SHARES at event.  Darrin J. Russo, President of the Supervisory Officers Association, Kenneth W. Daly, Alternate State Delegate for PBA #154, and Roger Ellis, Business & Government Affairs Representative for the Heavy & General Laborers Local 472 joined in the food, fun and fundraising for NJ SHARES. 
 
Jim Jacob remarked, “We are thankful that the labor unions recognize the resource NJ SHARES can be to their members and their families should they ever experience a temporary financial crisis.  Spreading the word about the assistance we provide to the limited and moderate income population is paramount as we head into another heating season. Many thanks to Assemblyman Chivukula, his staff, the Stage House Tavern and all who came out to show support for NJ SHARES”.



It's a Great Time to Help NJ SHARES, Simply by Shopping!

iGive is offering a $5.00 donation to NJ SHARES for each and every person who joins and makes at least one purchase, in one of the 1,350 participating stores, between October 18, 2013 and November 12, 2013.  Use this link: http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=24858&m=111322
 
Spread the word today.  Your friends and family must join and shop by 11/12/13. That means they'll be all set to do their holiday shopping and help New Jersey SHARES at the same time. Every purchase you, your family and your friends make can help. You’ll feel good, and you’ll do good.  Thanks for your support and happy shopping!

President's Letter


Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES' President and CEO

National Customer Service Week is celebrated each year during the first full week in October.  This international event recognizes the value of customer service and honors those who provide their customers with support in a professional and caring manner.   In 1992, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Customer Service Week a nationally recognized event.  
 
NJ SHARES is a strong advocate for customer care with a focus on providing our clients with the highest level of support, information and access to resources.  In partnership with Verizon New Jersey, the NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center connects clients to the Verizon Communications Lifeline program. This program ensures that seniors and low income households have access to a phone in their home.  
 
The Call Center staff works with clients to determine if they are eligible for the Verizon Communications Lifeline program.  Those who qualify are able to obtain a significant monthly discount on their telephone service – more than $20 a month in most cases.  The program is open to those who participate in one of 10 government assistance programs, which are listed on the NJ SHARES website (www.njshares.org) and senior citizens 65 years and older who are not in any government programs with an annual income at or below 150% of the federal poverty income level.  
In addition to information on the Communications Lifeline program, clients who call the NJ SHARES Call Center will receive information on energy assistance and other programs they might not know about that are available to them. Last year we spoke with 150,000 New Jersey households to answer questions, provide information and assist with navigating the application process for assistance programs.  The Client Services Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and can be reached at 888-337-3339.
 
The mission of the NJ SHARES/Verizon New Jersey Call Center is to keep communities connected, allowing people to reach their doctors, families, and emergency services if needed.  We commend Verizon New Jersey for their commitment to this goal and its sponsorship of the NJ SHARES Client Services Call Center.   This is an important part of a nationwide commitment that has been undertaken by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) to raise awareness for Lifeline and the importance of making telephone service more affordable for qualified customers.   National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week, sponsored by NARUC, FCC and NASUCA, takes place each year in September.  More information on the program can be found at the NARUC website at:  www.naruc.org/lifeline/.

Agency Spotlight


Jacob Toporek, executive director of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations is a member of the NJ SHARES Board of Directors.

NJ SHARES is fortunate to partner with more than 270 agencies around the state. Each organization has a different mission and focus but all provide holistic solutions to their community. This month we highlight the Jewish Federations. 
 
The NJ State Association of Jewish Federations represents the 11 Jewish Federations in New Jersey to local, state, and federal government agencies, and helps streamline the federations’ common advocacy and provides support for grant submissions. 
In addition to partnering with the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, NJ SHARES also partners with two Jewish Federations, and 6 additional independent Jewish organizations, each provide direct services to clients including the NJ SHARES’ programs for energy, telephone and water assistance.
 
Jacob Toporek, executive director of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations is a member of the NJ SHARES Board of Directors.  As the executive director of the Association, Toporek identifies issues important to his network and builds and strengthens coalitions with partners who are similarly situated in their advocacy work. “The partnership between the Jewish Federations and NJ SHARES provides programs that serve our clients’ needs and strengthens our advocacy coalitions in investing in the people of New Jersey. I am pleased to continue to partner with NJ SHARES’ as it celebrates 15 years of providing holistic solutions for our New Jersey Neighbors in need, said Jacob Toporek.” 
 
The association interacts with New Jersey’s legislators, executive personnel, and state agencies on behalf of the Jewish federations and beneficiary and affiliated agencies throughout the state.  It nurtures this communication through legislation, regulations, and public programs in addition to providing information and assistance for grant opportunities to beneficiary agencies.
 
 
 



Pictured: Elise Prezant project coordinator and NJ SHARES administrator for JFS of SHW.

Spotlight on Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren

One of the Jewish Federation agencies providing NJ SHARES programs is the Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. (JSF of SHW).  “Our mission at JFS of SHW is to put Jewish values to work and to be there when an individual, family or community needs us, says Jerry Star, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.”
 
JFS of SHW addresses client issues by helping explore alternatives when being confronted by life’s challenges, encourages the development of insight and helps clients find solutions to difficult life situations. In addition to NJ SHARES programs, JFS of SHW offers mental health counseling, career counseling, Special Needs Program, emergency food assistance, senior support services, the holocaust survivors assistance program and many other services. 

Events


AARP Hosts Consumer Resource Fair with Emphasis on Affordable Care Act Impacts

Social Security and Medicare are essential programs and there are changes being discussed in Washington that could affect you or your family today or in the future.  AARP hosted a resource fair on October 7 in Montclair which included a presentation on the future of Medicare and Social Security and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. 
 
Dennis E.Gonzalez, Executive Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services presented the facts on health coverage and how the new health care laws benefit individuals and households. Brian McGuire, Associate State Director, AARP New Jersey also provided an informative update on the future of Social Security and Medicare. In addition, representatives from NJ SHARES and a number of key agencies were available for one-on-one discussions at the event.



Customer and Energy Forum held in Monmouth County

New Jersey Natural Gas hosted their annual Monmouth County Customer and Energy Forum on October 10, 2013. The forum provides information on energy assistance and other valuable resources available.  
 
Eileen Higgins, Executive Director of the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board discussed valuable services and resources available to both job seekers and businesses through the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development. Energy assistance and conservation programs were also presented.


Annual Information Fair for Developmental Disabilities

The annual information fair for developmental disabilities, held on October 19, was hosted by the Toms River Twp Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities.  The event assembled agencies to share resources with folks who have developmental disabilities as well as their families, friends, & professionals. Hundreds of people attended to gain information on resources from more than 40 agencies.



SAVE THE DATE: Anti-poverty Network Summit To Be Held December 3rd

The Anti-Poverty Network will host its annual Poverty Summit on December 3, 2013 at the Crown Plaza Monroe (390 Forsgate Dr, Monroe Township).  The Summit is a call to action to invest in the people of New Jersey. You can expect to learn new statistics about how New Jersey is doing combating poverty. Click here to Register.


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