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Child Welfare League of America Honors New Jersey Resources as 2005 Corporate Friend of Children

New Jersey Resources to be recognized for commitment to vulnerable children and families

For more information, contact
Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641

March 1, 2005, Washington, DC -- New Jersey Resources (NJR), a Fortune 1000 company and a member of the Forbes Platinum 400, has been named by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as a 2005 Corporate Friend of Children. NJR was selected because of its longstanding involvement with communities, especially with youth organizations and programs that reinforce healthy families.

Shay Bilchik, CWLA's President & CEO, said, "We are pleased to present this award to New Jersey Resources, whose unique and innovative collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Resources has enabled the state to launch a model program that will benefit thousands of vulnerable children, youth, and families. We encourage other corporations to follow the lead of New Jersey Resources by supporting their state agencies."

The award will be presented to NJR on March 10, 2005, at CWLA's 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner, to be held during CWLA's National Conference in Washington, DC. This formal event attracts nearly 1,500 child advocates, representatives from Capitol Hill, national child-serving organizations, foster parents, and child welfare professionals from across the country. AirTran Airways and IndyMac Bank will be recognized alongside NJR as Corporate Friends of Children; Bank of America will be recognized as the 2005 National Corporate Advocate of the Year.

Commissioner James Davy at the New Jersey Department of Human Services nominated NJR for this prestigious award. NJR recently made a major commitment of $700,000 to the Child Welfare Reform Plan in the state of New Jersey. This ambitious program is a comprehensive approach to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. It includes establishing partnerships with the business community, charitable foundations, and local communities to promote prevention, family support services, resource families, recruitment and support, and community awareness.

"New Jersey Resources has truly been a Godsend for us. Larry's heart is in the right place," Commissioner Davy said. "He knows that stronger communities and stronger families mean healthier and safer children."

"We all have a stake in the future of our children. It's simply too important for any of us to sit on the sidelines," said NJR Chairman and CEO and Consortium Chairman Laurence Downes. "I sincerely thank the Child Welfare League of America for this recognition. However, the best reward is knowing that children who experience being loved in a safe and healthy environment are the most likely to succeed - and the surest promise for building a better world."

Criteria used by CWLA in the selection of the awardees include: personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees; giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the family; corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environment; and a sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and the community.

About New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR), a Fortune 1000 company and a member of the Forbes Platinum 400, provides reliable retail and wholesale energy services to customers in New Jersey and in states from the Gulf Coast to New England, and Canada. Its principal subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), is one of the fastest-growing local distribution companies in the United States, serving more than 450,000 customers in central and northern New Jersey. NJR's progress is a tribute to the more than 5,000 dedicated employees who have shared their expertise and focus on quality through more than 50 years of serving customers and the community to make the company a leader in the competitive energy marketplace. For additional information, visit

About the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) DHS helps New Jersey families achieve self-sufficiency, independence, health, and overall well-being to the maximum extent possible. DHS improves the quality of life of thousands of New Jersey families by providing a wide variety of comprehensive, coordinated services. For additional information, visit

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