• January 30, 2014

    SCAP Annual Report 2010-2011

    Somerset Community Action Program
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  • August 1, 2010


    Somerset Community Action Program
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  • July 13, 2010

    Save Money on Your Energy Bills and Help the Environment, Switch to Viridian


    VIRIDIAN • NEW JERSEY • 201.222.7754

    Make the choice for green electric and lower rates at
    Due to the deregulation of energy in New Jersey everyone has the right to elect a lower cost energy supplier. If you don’t direct PSE&G to use a low cost energy supplier then NJ chooses one for you. If you fail to elect a third party supplier you automatically get the “provider of last resort” which is billed at full retail by PSE&G. 
    Viridian Energy is a socially responsible company that provides greener electricity. Twenty percent of their energy is from renewable “green” energy. One hundred percent “green” energy option is available. Viridian accepts a lower profit in order to make their productaffordable to customers. It’s good to be GREEN!!!
    Viridian Energy is a low cost third party supplier just approved by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. 
    Annual Savings with Green Energy
    Go Green
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    GREEN ENERGY     Electric Bill Savings.
    Election to Viridian is free with no contract, no special equipment, no termination fee, no credit check for residential customers and it’s easy to choose.  You still get only one bill direct from your PSE&G utility and all your service is still protected by law with PSE&G. This NJ law was designed to save you money only if you elect the third party provider.
    There is absolutely no catch!!!
    All you will notice is the annual savings on your electric bill and extra money at the end of year.
     PSE&G Summer Rates     .122 to .132
    Viridian Summer Rates .105000  
    *Published Rates based on 5/13/10.
    PSE&G Rates increase over 600 kwh



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  • February 10, 2010

    Helping To Keep Your Home Warm and Saving You Money on Your Utility Bills this Winter

    By Brandon Lausch Staff, Writer

    SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – The Somerset Community Action Program is proud to announce its Weatherization Assistance Program, which delivers energy efficiency services to low‐income households, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy via New Jersey Department of Community Affairs grants. To date, SCAP has been successful in weatherizing approximately 75 homes in Somerset County, with up to $6,500 available per eligible home, including material, in‐house labor and contractor labor costs.

    The Weatherization Assistance Program provides for professionally trained weatherization crews who perform on‐site home energy audits using state‐of‐the‐art equipment to identify outside drafts and inspect heating and cooling systems for efficiency. Weatherization crews install insulation, seal off air leaks, make modifications to (or replace) existing heating systems and make minor repairs to ensure safety. Once installed, these energy‐saving measures will help to reduce heating and cooling costs for years to come. On average, weatherization benefits low‐income households and communities and generates an average energy savings of $300 to $500 per home each year.

    "High energy costs are an excessive burden on our low‐income families," stated Isaac Dorsey, Executive Director of the Somerset Community Action Program. "By lowering energy bills for low‐income families, weatherization increases their self‐sufficiency and helps us reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy."

    In order to qualify, candidates may own or rent and live in a single, multifamily or mobile home. Applicants must meet federally established income eligibility requirements. Persons over 60 years of age, persons with disabilities, families with children and recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) are encouraged to apply. To apply for services or to obtain additional information on the Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact the Somerset Community Action Program at (732) 846‐8888.

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  • February 3, 2010

    American Recovery and Reinvestiment Act Dollars and its Effects on the Quality of Life

    By Brandon Lausch Staff, Writer

    SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – The Somerset Community Action Program (SCAP) is proud to report on how $447,000 received via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Community Service Block Grant money has affected the quality of life of residents in Somerset County, in areas of innovative employment, financial literacy, nutrition, healthcare, housing and resource capacity building.

    "We are proud of the success we have had in running these innovative employment and financial literacy programs, as well as providing assistance in the areas of nutrition, health, housing and other valuable services that are being provided to those who need it most. Unfortunately, our success will be short‐lived, as funding for these programs will expire on September 30th of this year. Through the implementation of these programs, we saw firsthand, how the dire needs of our community were being met,” stated Isaac Dorsey, Executive Director of the Somerset Community Action Program. “Although the funds are ending, we will continue to have a need in the community for such services. It is important, now, more than ever, that we find ways to be able to continue providing the assistance to residents that will allow for them to get on the track of self‐sufficiency."

    To date, SCAP has launched seven new programs, serving hundreds of families, residents and students in Somerset County. The programs include serving 40 individuals in the Driver License Restoration Program; 32 individuals in the Early Childhood Education Program; 10 entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurial Training Program; providing 100 families with Emergency Food Vouchers; training three SCAP employees in the Resource Capacity Building Program to become certified housing counselors which will allow the agency to apply for HUD designation after one year of providing counseling on site; SAT/College Prep Workshops to students; and the Microloan Program that will fund two small business entrepreneurships while promoting community revitalization.

    Of particular highlight is the Early Childhood Education Program, wherein classes began on February 1st, which will provide job training to 32 individuals by High Scope Certified Teachers in Head Start Classrooms. Each participant will receive a $1,200 stipend to be paid over the course of six months. This program prepares individuals for careers in early childhood education and puts them on the path of gaining employment.

    To obtain additional information regarding these programs and other services provided by the Somerset Community Action Program or to donate to the agency in helping to continue these programs, please call (732) 846‐8888.

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