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

The Westfield Foundation Pledges Support to Roots & Wings Union County

The Westfield Foundation presents representatives from Roots & Wings a ‘check’ for $40,000.  Pictured (l to r): Kim Spangenberg, Executive Director of Roots & Wings, Joe Masterson, Union County Leadership Council member and R&W spokesman and Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation.

The Westfield Foundation presents representatives from Roots & Wings a ‘check’ for $40,000. Pictured (l to r): Kim Spangenberg, Executive Director of Roots & Wings, Joe Masterson, Union County Leadership Council member and R&W spokesman and Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation.

Westfield, NJ – The Westfield Foundation has announced it will be the first Seed Investor in Roots & Wings – Union County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the critical needs of young adults who have aged out of New Jersey’s foster care program. The $40,000 pledge from the Westfield Foundation will support a client-centered program that provides safe housing, education, professional counseling and mentoring. The Westfield Foundation has demonstrated its confidence in Roots & Wings by making a portion of the pledge a challenge grant to encourage the Westfield community and organizations to partner with the Westfield Foundation to launch this important program in Union County, where approximately 100 youth become at risk annually. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Westfield Foundation, doubling a donor’s contribution.

Youths in the foster system normally age out at 18. Their existing support system is suddenly disrupted, and they face staggering challenges. Hurdles include homelessness which can lead to human trafficking, insufficient education, few employable skills, no financial resources and no dependable relationships for guidance. Roots & Wings – Union County liaison Joe Masterson says, “We are grateful to the Westfield Foundation for assuming a leadership role to get our local program underway. Union County, like other counties throughout the state, has limited resources available to prepare or support these young adults. Our program offers qualified youth an opportunity to live independently in a safe environment while pursuing an education, working, and learning life skills essential to a stable adulthood. I encourage anyone who would like to make a donation or learn more to call me at 908.403.8621 or visit our website, http://www.rootsandwingsnj.org.”

The Westfield Foundation is a charitable fund supported by annual contributions, family legacy funds and estate bequests. Goals include supporting the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Westfield, and also taking leadership roles in bold new initiatives like Roots & Wings to address emerging or underserved needs in the Westfield area.  In 2013, the Foundation awarded over $260,000 to 38 grant applicants.  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.

Support for the Westfield Foundation

 

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The Westfield Foundation, committed to helping those in need in the Westfield community, recently hosted their annual meeting. Fifteen agencies, who have been recipients of grants from the Foundation, came to thank the Foundation for their support of their various and varied programs. Agencies represented at the meeting included: the Westfield Y, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Furniture Assist, Premier Stages, Jewish Family Service, Rake & Hoe Garden Club, Downtown Westfield Corporation, Westfield Historical Society, CASA, Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co., Mobile Meals of Westfield, Westfield Day Care Center, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, and Roots & Wings.