Foundation awards grant money to Westfield Police Athletic League

The Westfield Foundation recently awarded $13,545.67 in grant money to the Westfield Police Athletic League (PAL) to purchase youth football blocking sleds and new wrestling mats. 

The Westfield PAL has been serving the community since 1953 with recreational, athletic and educational programs including tackle football, flag football, cheerleading, girls’ softball, and a mentoring program.  These programs are designed to encourage and inspire children on and off the field.  In addition, the sports programs teach the fundamentals of the game, including correct form and technique, and are a training ground for high school level athletics.  In the past few years, the Westfield PAL football program has achieved championship level results in the Suburban Youth Football League. 

Pictured from left to right, beginning with the back row, are:  John J. Dugan, Jr., President, Westfield PAL; Lawrence L. Darrow, President, The Westfield Foundation; Frank D. Isoldi, Westfield Foundation Board Member; Gerard P. Boyle, Westfield Foundation Executive Director; Stanley Gersch, Westfield Foundation Board Member; Tony Borg, Westfield PAL, Luke Romano player.  Front Row: PAL Board Member Jon Nitche; players Luke Germond, Preston Nitche, Brennan Nitche, Alex Wnuck; and PAL Board Member/Coach Erik Wnuck. 

The Westfield Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable organization committed to improving the quality of life in Westfield and its surrounding communities through the distribution of grants that advance education, the arts, cultural activities, civic, health and human services, community development, and historical resources.  Founded by a group of local citizens with the intent of creating a lasting endowment for the community, The Westfield Foundation’s mission is to promote the betterment of Westfield and to enhance the quality of life of all its citizens.  Through grants and scholarships, The Westfield Foundation has been funding programs in and around Westfield for more than 45 years. 

If you would like to be a part of this lasting legacy for Westfield, please contact Gerard P. Boyle, Executive Director of The Westfield Foundation at (908) 233-9787 or info@thewestfieldfoundation.org.

Foundation honored at the Centennial celebration of the YWCA Union County

The Westfield Foundation was honored recently at the YWCA Union County’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ. 

The YWCA Union County is a safe haven for people experiencing domestic abuse.  They offer comprehensive services for survivors and their children including counseling, residential programs, a skills training and empowerment program (STEP), court advocacy, and a crisis hotline: (908) 355-4357 (HELP).  They also partner with Union County and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to operate the Union County Family Justice Center.

In 2019, a fire severely damaged the YWCA’s headquarters building in Elizabeth, NJ, jeopardizing the operations.  A capital campaign was launched and The Westfield Foundation responded with a lead grant of $250,000.00 towards the rebuilding efforts.   

The new building is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the YWCA to not only continue its work but to grow and expand its programming.

The Westfield Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of citizens in and around Westfield, NJ.  It was founded in 1975 as an endowment to fund programs in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services, and civic projects.  The Westfield Foundation serves as a liaison between the many donors who have given generously over the years and the organizations that benefit. 

If you would like to be a part of this lasting legacy for Westfield, please contact Gerard Boyle, Executive Director, at (908) 233-9787 or info@thewestfieldfoundation.org. 

Pictured from left to right are: Aretha Johnson, YWCA Vice President; Darielle Walsh; Elizabeth Chance, former Westfield Foundation Executive Director;
Gerard Boyle, current Westfield Foundation Executive Director; Tina Earley, YWCA President.