Coronavirus Service Changes

With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone, it is important we as an organization take precautions. That’s why we’re doing our part to modify services, lower exposure, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note our locations in Princeton and Trenton are closed to the public, with food and housing assistance services now conducted by phone.

See below for information on all our service changes to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff:

We have gone 100% mobile! Please call 609-396-9355 x11 or email pantry@arminarm.org to speak to a staff member about scheduling a future food drop-off. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please provide your full name, complete address (including city), and best number for us to return your call. Please note our pantries in Princeton and Trenton are closed to the public.

We are doing our best to meet our community’s growing needs.

Arm In Arm staff will be available to intake clients via phone Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please call 609-396-9355 x11. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please provide your full name, complete address (including city), and best number for us to return your call.

Please note clients will not have the option to meet staff in-person at this time.

PSE&G Service Update

PSE&G has temporarily suspended all service disconnections for non-payment. For payment assistance information, visit pseg.com/helpAdditionally, PSE&G will be closing their walk-in service centers indefinitely beginning March 18.

Clients can continue to view and pay bills as well as manage payments by logging into their accounts at pseg.com/myaccount or by calling 1-800-436-7734.

Evictions Suspended

The State of New Jersey has enacted a moratorium on the removal of individuals from their homes due to eviction or foreclosure. All residential evictions are suspended until at least May 19, 2020, and all previous orders of removal have been stayed. 

Additionally, Mercer County courts are closed; court dates for evictions are no longer being scheduled. Residents should be aware that they cannot be lawfully evicted from their home without due process in court.

Arm In Arm’s employment services are currently suspended. However, you can find out who is hiring in our community at jobs.covid19.nj.gov. The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has prepared a frequently asked questions document for workers affected by the coronavirus emergency.

Tax preparation support through United Way is suspended for the time-being. We apologize for this inconvenience. We advise people to check this web page and social media for real-time updates. You can also contact the United Way of Greater Mercer County via phone at 609-896-1912 or via email at taxcoordinator@uwgmc.org.

IRS Extends Tax Deadline

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Representative Payee services are still running for current clients. Please note we are no longer meeting clients in-person. All clients with addresses will receive their checks for April and May via USPS mail. All rent and bill payments will be made by Arm In Arm as usual. Any client without a current address or questions can contact Suzanne Gomez at 609-396-9355 x26 or suzanneg@arminarm.org.

Please note we are unable to accept new Representative Payee clients at this time. New clients can make inquiries by contacting Suzanne above to set up future appointments after restrictions have been lifted.

All financial fitness workshops are taking place remotely. Registration is closed at this time.

We want to take a moment to thank all of our dedicated and passionate volunteers. It takes a village, and you are a critical part of the AIA village.

For all current volunteers, we have launched a new volunteer scheduling system. Our volunteer team will be invited to sign up for shifts at our Trenton locations on Hanover and Hudson Sts.*; opportunities will include grocery bag packing as well as mobile delivery. Please note, with needs changing daily and new technology in place, there may be a learning curve; we may need to tweak certain pieces to fix bugs and ensure safety. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Shariq Marshall at 609-396-9355 x21 or shariqm@arminarm.org.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please see the section entitled “I want to get involved. How can I help?”

*Our Princeton location is all set with volunteers. We thank you for your support.

Volunteer
If you are not a current Arm In Arm volunteer but are looking for ways to support our Mercer County community in this time of need, please contact Shariq Marshall at 609-396-9355 x21 or shariqm@arminarm.org. Be sure to include which site location is your preference. 

Please note we are not accepting volunteer groups at this time.

Donate
During this crisis, we are seeing unprecedented and rising need. Many smaller pantries in our area have been forced to close their doors, but Arm In Arm continues serving our neighbors in creative ways to keep everyone safe, healthy, and thriving. At this time, monetary donations are the best way to help us deliver services and meet the need. You can make a real difference. Make a gift of hope today by clicking the below button. You can also contact Jenn Johnston with questions or concerns; Jenn can be reached at jennj@arminarm.org.

Contributions by check can be sent to the following address:
123 E. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Donating Food and Items In-Kind
Thank you for your interest in donating in-kind food and personal care items to Arm In Arm. We are currently accepting items on a very limited scale, given the CDC recommendations for fully disinfecting in-kind donations. Please contact our Princeton site at 609-921-2135 to arrange a drop off date and time with our staff. Please note, we cannot accept open or partially used products.

Why is Arm In Arm changing hours?

With New Jersey declaring a state of emergency and Governor Phil Murphy instructing residents to shelter in place, Arm In Arm is being proactive in taking precautions. Our first priority is the health, safety, and livelihood of our clients, staff, and community supporters.

How long will these hours be in effect?

We are instituting modified hours and services until further notice. We advise people to check this web page and social media for real-time updates.

I have questions not answered here. Who can I contact?

If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at 609-396-9355 or info@arminarm.org. A staff member will respond to your inquiry promptly.

If you have questions or need further assistance, call 609-396-9355 or email info@arminarm.org.

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