O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Participates in the OceanFirst Charity Challenge 

The OceanFirst Charity Challenge has officially launched and the donate button on our page is now live. Lots to tell so please read everything on this site……

The organization that raises the most between Tuesday, April 18th at 12pm ET and Tuesday, May 16th at 1:59:59pm ET will win a $20,000 donation to their cause. Second place will receive $5,000 and third will win $2,500.

The Bonus Challenge #1 has started as well. So exciting and here are all the details… The two organizations that raise the most online this week between April 18th at 12pm ET and April 25th at 1:59:59pm ET will each win $1,000.

To donate for our cause, the following is the direct link to our fundraising page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/Ocean-inc-oceanfirstchallenge

Once you are on the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Charity Challenge Fundraising Page, simply click on the donate button and follow the easy instructions. A tax deductable form will be provided to you at the completion. If you or one of your potential donors are at the page and have any questions, please call Connie Fahim at (732) 244-5333 Ext. 919. 


Special Thank you to our Community Partner “Helping Families in Need, Ocean County” for donating 75 Easter Baskets for the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start Children

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l-r Ms. Tracy Zucaro, (Melissa Miller-Not Pictured) Helping Families in Need, Channell Wilkins, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. President/CEO and Meg Saunders, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start Director accept the Easter Baskets prepared and donated by Helping Families in Need.

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l-r OCC Head Start Students Donovan Jones, Iker Onofre, Ms. Anita Woolery, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Board of Trustee Chair and student Malania Jones. Head Start students received Easter Baskets prepared and donated by Helping Families in Need.


Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Helping Hands Program

Are you an Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Customer and Need Help with your Electric Bill?

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Helping Hands Program is a $200 supplemental grant for ACE residential customers earning less than 400% FPL.  The grant can be combined with LIHEAP, USF or NJ Shares depending on the household’s gross monthly income.  Applicants do not need a shut off notice but must be in arrears on their ACE bill. 

Applicants may apply online through the NJ Shares website www.njshares.org or by contacting one of the following OCEAN Inc. Home Energy Assistance offices to schedule an appointment, Waretown, Galloway, Pleasantville and Atlantic City.  All Ocean Inc. offices and phone numbers listed above can be found in the contact and location section of this website. 


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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home Energy/Weatherization

52 Hyers Street

      Toms River, NJ 08754

Home Energy Phone Number: (732) 244-9041

Home Energy Fax Number: (732) 244-3962

Ocean County Weatherization Phone Number: (732) 244-8176   Monmouth County Weatherization Phone Number: (732) 774-4006      

(At this office, apply for Weatherization and Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth) 

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Southern Ocean County

Home Energy Office

Indian Plaza

304 Route 9 – Suite 6

                                      Waretown, NJ 08758

Home Energy Phone Number: (609) 549-5822

Home Energy Fax Number: (609) 549-5788

(At this office, apply for Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth)

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home

Energy Office in Atlantic City

(Atlantic County)

1125 Atlantic Avenue

6th Floor – Suite 624

                                   Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

Home Energy Phone Number: (609) 345-1359 

        Home Energy Fax Number: (609) 345-1365

(At this office, apply for Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth)

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(For additional O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Office locations, please select the location/contact tabs)


Homelessness Prevention


O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is now providing the Homelessness Prevention Program which is temporary assistance to households who are being evicted due to a short-term loss of income.  If you or anyone you know requires this assistance, please call Cindy Olson at (732) 831-4996 Ext. 22 or visit the Intake Office located at 22 Hyers Street in Toms River for your initial pre-screening. You can also contact Adrienne Lawrence at (732) 288-2618 for assistance.


 Thank you to United Way of Essex and West Hudson for bringing FedEx volunteers to O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start in Brick to do some much needed landscaping.



Energy Assistance Day Attended by O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home Energy Staff


The New Day Family Success Center in Galloway hosted Energy Assistance Day to help Atlantic County residents who are unemployed or have low or fixed incomes. Atlantic City Electric and NJ Shares provided information for residents to manage their bills through flexible payment options and assistance programs. Customers who attended also learned about available resources and programs from community partners including O.C.E.A.N., Inc. and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Receives Grant from

Wells Fargo

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. was provided a grant to support the agencies mission to assist those working towards self-sufficiency. At a time when donations from the public and private sectors are down due to the economy, we truly appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided. The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make charitable contributions on behalf of Wells Fargo to a non-profit of their choice. A total of $140,000 in Community Connections grants is slated to be distributed throughout the months of July and August in Southern New Jersey.


2016 Weatherization Conference

At the Annual Weatherization Conference held in Atlantic City, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Weatherization staff participated in the 2016 Weatherization Olympics. There were multiple Jeopardy style categories for all agencies who participated. O.C.E.A.N., Inc. entered two teams into the competition. One O.C.E.AN., Inc. team took first place (Gold) and the second agency team placed second (Silver).  Camden County placed third (Bronze) in the competition.

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Weatherization Program For information in Monmouth County call (732) 774-4006. In Ocean County call (732) 244-8176.



Overcome the Barrier to Self-Sufficiency

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is a community action agency that was created in the 1960’s to combat poverty throughout the country.

To achieve our goal of identifying and overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. works with local, state, and federal government, other agencies, and members of private sector institutions to provide programs and funding to help residents of the community help themselves. Please visit our “Programs and Special Projects” pages for more information on the services we offer. Our partnerships with other providers in our community have made our job easier—we could not have done it without them. As always, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. seeks to build partnerships with additional agencies to better assist the residents of multiple counties. If you are interested in our services, or in working with us as a volunteer, employee, or as a partner agency, please contact us at (732) 244-5333.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc Head Start is accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 school year

Small children at a daycare center.

Head Start offers a FREE comprehensive pre-school program at several locations throughout the county. The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum, child health screenings, family services, accepts special needs children, provides meals and snacks, and transportation-half day only.

Program services children ages 3 to 5; children need to be 3 years by October 1, 2016. Eligible children who turn 3 years after October 1, 2017 will be placed on a waiting list. Requirements for eligibility:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Proof of Income – Documentation must be from the past twelve months or calendar year

  • Health Documentation – physical, dental, immunizations, H&H/lead screenings

For more information, please call 732-244-9114

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. completed construction on six (6) single-family homes at Berkeley and has begun construction on Phase 2.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. constructed six single-family homes in Berkeley Township, New Jersey.  These homes are being rented to those affected by Superstorm Sandy.  For more information or to request an application please call (732) 780-1374.