Announcing new Trustee and 3rd Quarter Grants

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation welcomes Gerard Abbattista to the board of the Westfield Foundation for 2014-15. Mr. Abbattista joins 14 other community leaders who donate their time and talent with the ultimate goal of supporting the ongoing efforts of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life in Westfield.

In the third quarter for 2014, the Foundation granted more than $88,000 to 9 local organizations. These funds will be used for furnishing a family center, the purchase of a hygiene shower chair for disabled patients, to launch a career program for youth, the purchase of blood pressure monitors, to fund Alzheimer caregiver support groups and to sponsor 2 LIFE Center courses for senior citizens in Westfield.

Recipients include: Home First, CONTACT We Care, Counseling Centers for Human Development, Jewish Family Services, Union County College Foundation, YWCA Eastern Union County, Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Community Access Unlimited and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County.

New Trustees and 2nd Quarter Grants Announced

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation welcomes three trustees to the board for 2014-15. The new trustees are community members Claudia Andreski, Robert Gorelick and Mark F. Swingle.

The Westfield Foundation is a local foundation whose goals include supporting the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Westfield. The Foundation also offers support in bold new initiatives, most recently to Roots & Wings, an organization dedicated to helping young adults who have aged out of NJ’s foster care system. The seed money provided by the Foundation in the past has been instrumental to organizations such as IMAGINE and Furniture Assist to name a few.

In the second quarter for 2014, the Foundation granted more than $76,500 to 11 local organizations. These funds will be used in a mentoring program for WHS student interested in medicine, theater performances in Roosevelt and Edison intermediate schools, purchase of theatrical equipment, preservation and display of archives, a junior theater program, a holiday concert, groceries for children with cancer, development of a website and seed money for a program to help youth who are aging out of the foster care system in NJ. Recipients include: Arts Power, Trinitas Health Foundation, 117th Cavalry Association, Summit Speech School, Solid Brass Chamber Music Guild, Roots and Wings, Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co., Emmanual Cancer Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Youth & Family Counseling Service and the Cranford Dramatic Club. Additionally, the Foundation awarded $40,000 in scholarships and $16,250 for a summer jobs program.

Over the years a unique and popular opportunity for donor giving to the Westfield Foundation has been to establish a “legacy” fund in an individual or family’s name. The annual investment income from a legacy fund will support the Foundation’s yearly giving both immediately and in perpetuity, and is a lasting legacy of generosity for families in the Westfield community.

Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents.

New trustees for 2014 - 15: Mark F. Swingle, Claudia Andreski and Robert Gorelick.

New Foundation trustees for 2014 – 15:  Mark F. Swingle, Claudia Andreski and Robert Gorelick.

 

 

 

1st Quarter 2014 Grants released

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is a local foundation whose goals include supporting the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Westfield.

In the first quarter for 2014, the Foundation granted almost $44,000 to 7 local organizations. These funds will be used to secure respite care for caregivers, enhance the pathways of a county garden, support a local arts organization, and offer a playwriting residency program for senior citizens. Recipients include Habitat for Humanity, Memories Live Foundation, Premier Stages at Kean University, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Westfield United Fund, the Master Gardener’s of Union County and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Honoring Young Lives Lost in Vietnam War

Westfield – Hundreds of community members attended the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Westfield. The memorial remembers and honors the 11 Westfield residents who died while serving in the Vietnam War.  The memorial joins existing memorials for World War II, World War I, the Korean War and the Spanish-American War at the intersection of North Avenue and East Broad Street.

The Westfield Foundation was a lead sponsor for this project, providing a grant for $10,000 in September 2011.

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The Memorial

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The memorial was dedicated on June 22, 2014 in Westfield. Photos courtesy of Richard Coltrera