Release: November 4, 2013
BRIDGEWATER – The Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey’s pursuit to become a tax-exempt organization has advanced, thanks to U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance’s intervention.
Nearly one year ago, the IRS received PSGCNJ’s documentation and cashed its check without providing any service in regards to the nonprofit’s 501(c)3 status.
Last month, Congressman Lance (R-7th N.J. Dist.) made an official inquiry into the case with the IRS. On Oct. 29, the IRS formally assigned a case manager to the PSGCNJ file and indicated that the agency would provide a status report to Lance by the end of this month.
“We are extremely grateful to have Congressman Lance fighting for us,” said PSGCNJ Executive Director Kenneth Hitchner. “We would not be able to continue putting New Jersey professionals back to work in the long term without 501(c)3 status, which would allow us to raise sufficient funding to continue our innovative programs.”
“My office stands ready to assist constituents,” said Congressman Lance. “I am happy to see PSGCNJ be in a better position to assist those in need and get good people into well-paying jobs. I thank them (PSGCNJ) and congratulate “them for the work that they do.”
During 16 months operating as an independent organization, PSGCNJ has helped 166 unemployed professionals return to work. Dating back to its beginnings as a state program, PSGCNJ has helped more than 820 unemployed professionals return to work since June 2008.
The majority of PSGCNJ employed members have returned to the workforce in fewer than 26 weeks from June 2008 through April 2013, which is about twice as fast as in the rest of America. In addition, 65 percent of employed members returned to work in fewer than 39 weeks, about 30 percent faster than the rest of professionals in their mid-50’s.
PSGCNJ is the nation’s first employment community that helps its unemployed, college-educated members advance their careers by putting them back into the workforce.
The nonprofit’s 1,200 members share three core beliefs:
- We believe we can do more together than apart.
- We believe every time that we help another human being, we help ourselves.
- We believe we can turn a bout of unemployment into an experience that makes us more valuable in the workplace.
The nonprofit’s education program features Accelerated Career Training (ACT) workshops, resume review and mock interview classes. Recently, new programs, such as the Marketing Plan seminar and Improv for Business Communications have been added to the public offerings.
The organization’s innovative workforce development program also drives the nonprofit’s success rate. To gain full access to PSGCNJ’s free services, members are required to join one of six business units that operate the corporation and donate their talent to advance the PSGCNJ mission.
To learn more, please visit psgcn.org, and to contribute, click Give Now.