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7/29/10

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NJ SHARES Night at the BlueClaws

NJ SHARES night at the BlueClaws took place on Friday, July 9, at 7 pm at FirstEnergy Stadium in Lakewood. It was a warm and breezy night as fans watched the victorious BlueClaws steel the game against the Delmarva Shorebirds in the ninth. NJ SHARES would like to recognize the support and partnership that made the evening possible by thanking New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, A FirstEnergy Company and of course the BlueClaws.

Public service announcements, videos displayed on the scoreboard, the information table on the concourse and the in-between-inning musical chairs event for children highlighted NJ SHARES programs to an audience of more than 6,000. Kathy Kerr, Vice President of Customer Service from New Jersey Natural Gas, threw out the honorary first pitch to start the festivities. Joining the on-field presentation was Dennis O’Boyle, Vice President of External Affairs for Jersey Central Power and Light, NJ SHARES Board Members Jim Dieterle, Greg Seitz and Sheldon Presser, and NJ SHARES Director of Communication and Outreach Barbara Gomes.

NJ SHARES Dives Into Program to Expand Partner Network

NJ SHARES has begun its summer campaign to expand its reach by partnering with agencies in the Northwest and Southern-most counties of New Jersey. Since 1998, NJ SHARES has partnered with nearly 300 community-based and government organizations to provide energy solutions to households who do not qualify for traditional programs. Our current campaign is focusing on Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties. Agencies that wish to discuss partnership should contact the Outreach Department at outreach@njshares.org.

NJ SHARES Attends the New Jersey Residential Energy Conservation and Assistance Program Conference

NJ SHARES participated in the New Jersey Residential Energy Conservation and Assistance Program Annual Conference held in Atlantic City late this month. New Jersey agencies that work with clients on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization programs had the opportunity to network and learn best practices and tools for the upcoming heating season. NJ SHARES attended, for the second year in a row, to provide insight on the energy assistance application process. Client Services Call Center Manager Kim Warrick contributed to conference discussions.


Nine & Dine for BlueClaws Charities Golf Tournament

The BlueClaws will host a Nine & Dine for BlueClaws Charities on August 11, 2010 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. BlueClaws Charities is the non-profit foundation of the Lakewood BlueClaws which has contributed over $150,000 to area non-profit organizations and fundraising events in 2009. Cost for a single golfer is $125 and a foursome is $500. Dinner only is $50. Fee includes nine holes of scramble format golf, range balls, locker room usage, dinner reception, player meet and greet on the course, and a raffle ticket, for some great prizes. For more information, please contact: Dave Marshall at 732-901-7000 x170.
Executive Letter


Midsummer is a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of energy efficiency in reducing electric bills, particularly for economically vulnerable households. Improved energy efficiency can make homes safer and more comfortable when the mercury reaches 900 or 1000 – for significantly less cost. These efforts can also serve to significantly reduce heating bills in winter.

Weatherization, a key part of energy efficiency programs, is designed to help households reduce their utility cost burdens. Programs include a houseold audit to determine which actions should be taken to prevent excessive heat from entering a home in summer and prevent cold drafts in winter. Weatherization also involves replacing or repairing inefficient cooling or heating equipment, as well as improving insulation.
NJ SHARES knows that energy efficiency is a crucial part of energy assistance, and is working to spread the word about two important programs.

Weatherization is a federal program that provides weatherizing for households up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), improving heating system efficiency and conserving energy. For more information visit: www.energyassistance.nj.gov.

New Jersey Comfort Partners provides:

• A free energy audit to households up to 225% FPL and
• Installation of energy efficiency measures, personalized customer energy education and counseling for households at or below 225% of the FPL. For more information call 1-888-773-8326.

For information about additional conservation programs, contact your utility company.

In other news, NJ SHARES is progressing in its campaign to expand our agency partner network in the state’s Northwest and Southern counties. This effort is key to ensuring that NJ SHARES’ energy assistance programs are fully available to those who need it. Winter or Summer, NJ SHARES wants to reach as many people in need as possible. If you know of a community organization that isn’t yet working with us, email us at outreach@njshares.org.

As always, thank you for your support and interest in NJ SHARES as we reach out to our neighbors in need!

Best regards,

Jim Jacob

Events


NJ SHARES Presents Programs at Atlantic City Electric Energy Expo

This Energy Expo, the first in a series of Energy Expos to be held around the Southern part of the state, is an awareness and educational forum designed to link agencies and clients with vital programs.

Held on July 15 at the Gloucester County Library, the forum included speakers from the Department of Community Affairs, NJ SHARES, People for People Foundation and Atlantic City Electric. NJ SHARES partner agencies in attendance included Tri-County Community Action Program, Camden City Independent Living Center, Gloucester County Office of Educational and Disability Services, Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey and representatives from Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty’s Office. Other folks in attendance were members of the Gloucester County Veterans Council, The American Red Cross, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, and representatives from Senator Fred H. Madden, Jr.’s Office.


NJ SHARES Attends 11th Annual Call Center Conference

NJ SHARES attended this year’s Call Center Conference June 14 -19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearly 5,000 people attended, including a range of professionals in private business and non-profit services. Kim Warrick, Client Services Manager for NJ SHARES, presented at a workshop involving human resource best practices. The workshop covered best practices for dealing with call center employees. The conference provided NJ SHARES with a great opportunity to learn new ways of optimizing our call center operations, so we can be as helpful as possible to those seeking energy assistance.

NJ SHARES Reaches Out at the NJ Building & Construction Trades Conference

At this annual conference, held in Atlantic City, NJ SHARES had the opportunity to provide information on the Energy, Telephone and Water programs to unemployed union workers, some of whom have been unable to secure steady work since January 2010. According to leaders of the organizing council, unemployment rates run as high as 40% in some of the participating unions; thus jobs were the focus at this convention. Partnering with the AFL-CIO has enabled NJ SHARES to reach many households who need our help.
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Agency Interactive Dialogue Meetings Continue Through August 20

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with your community partners and colleagues at NJ SHARES through our state-wide Interactive Dialogue Meetings. As of the end of July, NJ SHARES has completed sessions in Wall, Jersey City and Edison. Remaining meetings will be held August 18 at Atlantic City Electric’s Main Campus, 5100 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ; and August 20 at JCP&L’s Morristown Office, at 300 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

The interactive meetings provide agency staff members of all levels with the opportunity to come and discuss the NJ SHARES assistance programs, as well as to find ways to collaborate with one another. Any questions about locations, schedules or meeting agendas can be addressed to outreach@njshares.org.


System Update

The NJ SHARES Useful Tools Section of the Agency Welcome Page has been reorganized to make it easier to find the Useful Tools according to the category you’re referencing. You will see new subheadings for Application Process Tools, Income Calculator Tools and Other Useful Tools. A new addition to the Useful Tools section is a link to the NJ SHARES Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions please address them to outreach@njshares.org.

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