|New Jersey SHARES Receives Grant From PNC Bank Foundation
Saddle River, NJ — September 9, 2004 — Michael Nardo, Managing Director - PNC
Capital Markets, presented the New Jersey Statewide Heating And Referral
for Energy Services, Inc. (NJ SHARES) Board of Directors with a $10,000
technology grant for the organization to upgrade technology used to
communicate with clients in crisis and process grants for middle and
fixed income households in need of temporary utility assistance.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and our 64 non-profit
human service agency partners, we want to thank the PNC Bank Foundation
for supporting New Jersey SHARES and the middle and fixed income households
that we assist”, said Jim Jacob, executive director of NJ SHARES.
“PNC Bank Foundation’s contribution of $10,000 will be used
to upgrade the NJ SHARES office telephone system which will in turn
allow NJ SHARES to better assist clients who call with a crisis. Overall
PNC Bank Foundation’s contribution will allow us to improve our
intake process and provide more timely assistance to New Jersey households
in need. Responsible corporate citizens like the PNC Bank make the challenging
task of providing crisis assistance to families and individuals struggling
to meet all of their financial obligations much easier.”
PNC Bank is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the quality of life
in the community where PNC has a presence. “PNC Bank is proud
to support NJ SHARES, which we believe is an important energy assistance
program for middle and fixed income families in New Jersey, said Nardo.
NJ SHARES is an energy assistance program that assists those people
who do not otherwise qualify for utility bill assistance through traditional
programs. NJ SHARES helps households with a temporary financial hardship
that could have resulted from a job loss, an illness or other misfortune.
Each client fills out an application with the assistance of a local
community- based organization. Eligibility is determined by the NJ SHARES
staff based on individual need. New Jersey SHARES grants are distributed
year-round. To donate or apply for the NJ SHARES program, please call
our toll free number (1-866-657-4273) or visit our website at www.njshares.org.
New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization
which provides grants to pay the utility bills of households in need
through a statewide network of 63 community-based social service agencies.
The New Jersey SHARES Board consists of New Jersey’s seven natural
gas and electric utilities (Conectiv, NUI Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey
Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Rockland Electric,
South Jersey Gas and Public Service Electric & Gas), six non-profit
agencies (AARP, the Salvation Army, Association for Children of New
Jersey, New Jersey Community Action Agencies, Catholic Charities and
the Community Health Law Project), and three at-large members Verizon,
PNC Bank, and Mr. Michael Swayze of Montclair.