Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience provides volunteer opportunities for local teens

Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience  (WAYVE) is a new program that provides youth in Westfield and surrounding communities with quality volunteer opportunities. This program is made possible through a generous $42,000 grant from the Westfield Foundation to Jewish Family Service of Central Jersey.

Janet Sarkos, Westfield Foundation Board President says, “At the Westfield Foundation, we are constantly looking to fund new, local initiatives that enrich the lives of people in our community. WAYVE is a program that fits our mission and of which we are excited to be a part of.”

The mission of WAYVE is to match agencies and individuals in need of volunteers with enthusiastic teens and young adults looking to enrich their lives through volunteerism. “WAYVE will introduce teens to new skills, enhance life experiences and provide useful knowledge as they embark on college and a future career,” says Mr. Beck, executive director of Jewish Family Service of Central Jersey.

WAYVE was established to engage Westfield teens and generate excitement towards helping others through volunteerism. The program has a variety of focus areas allowing teens to get involved with something they are passionate about or explore a possible career path. There are opportunities in social service advocacy, tutoring, nutrition and food pantry, peer volunteer leadership, and a Teen Foundation Board. This new teen board will be reviewing grants and allocating funds to local agencies while grooming the next generation of philanthropists.

Pictured (l to r): Westfield Foundation Executive Director Betsy Chance, trustee Ray Kostyack, and President Janet Sarkos; Jewish Family Services of Central NJ members Jill Dispenza, Vicki Simpson, Executive Director Tom Beck; and Westfield Foundation trustees Shelley Brindle and Mark Swingle.

Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects. In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted more than $6,400,000 to various organizations.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is a non-sectarian health and social service agency with a history of over 100 years of providing a vast array of personalized services to 7,000 individuals a year in Union County.

If you are a teen, young adult or local agency who wants to get involved with WAYVE and enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience, please contact Jill Dispenza, jdispenza@jfscentralnj.org, Vicki Simpson, vsimpson@jfscentralnj.org or call 908-666-7033.

Foundation Announces New Executive Board and 3Q Grant Recipients.

Westfield- Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects. In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted more than $6,400,000 to various organizations.

In the third quarter of 2017, the Foundation distributed $93,262 in grants to multiple organizations in the 3Q of 2017. Grants for this quarter included the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, HomeFirst, Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey and Youth and Family Counseling Services of NJ. Funds will be used support rising talent performances in area schools, upgrades to a client computer lab, and establishing a Youth Volunteer Experience Program.

The Foundation’s new executive board for 2017-18. Pictured (l to r): Robert Gorelick, Janet Sarkos, Claudia Andreski and Gerard Abbattista.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce the new executive board for 2017-18: Janet Sarkos, President; Robert Gorelick, Vice-president; Gerard Abbattista, Treasurer and Claudia Andreski, Secretary.

In addition to supporting the capital projects of established social service agencies in the community, the Westfield Foundation has also been an important resource of ‘seed money’ for smaller organizations and emerging needs.

Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents. For more information about the Westfield Foundation grant or donor opportunities, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director at 908-233-9787.

Michael Rodriguez is Awarded the 2017 Van Dellen Scholarship.

The Westfield Foundation is happy to announce Michael Rodriguez as the Clarence H. and Florence Horn Van Dellen Scholarship recipient for 2017.   Michael is a third-generation Westfield resident and the first in his family to attend college.

Michael Rodriguez, the 2017 Van Dellen scholarship winner.

At WHS, Michael was active in the WHS theater program, mainly using his talents working with the backstage crew for various productions.   He was also a student government representative.   While in high school, Michael worked part-time at a local smoothie establishment, Fresh Bui.

Michael is attending George Washington University in Washington DC., planning on achieving a double major in criminology and psychology.  While in HS, his favorite subjects were Psychology, Biology and American Studies. He also admits to be a devotee of Netflix, specifically documentaries.  Although Michael will only be a train ride away from home, he remarked he will most miss the people and the beaches of NJ the most.

The Van Dellen Scholarship is $10,000 a year for four years totaling $40,000.  The selection criteria for the scholarship are: Community Service, Academic Achievement (top 25% of class), Character, Financial Need and Leadership.

The Westfield Rotary’s Scholarship Committee also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.   Two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each to be paid over the course of four years. The recipients are Elizabeth Brown Cordero who will attend the University of Delaware and Christina Harvey who will attend the University of Vermont.  The recipient of the $3,000 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is Aliya Barnes who will attend San Diego State University.   Two Wallace $2,500 scholarships are awarded to Mark Kostyack, who is headed for the Ohio State University and to Allesandra Sabba, who will attend Arcadia University.   In addition, two Linda Read Memorial Scholarships of $3,750 each were awarded to Soo Min Chung and Katerina Truch, and the Read Law Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to Kerrington Hall.

Over $135,000 was distributed in scholarships to students.  Here is a listing of the 2017 Scholarship winners administered through the Westfield Foundation:

Charles Addams Memorial Art Scholarship – Matt Bernstein

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fine Arts Scholarships – Soo Min Chung and Matt Hopen

Robert L. and Marilyn P. Bunting Scholarship – Kathleen Sullivan

Matthew C. Cahill Memorial Scholarship – Stefan Crigler

Class of ’57 and Robert L. and Linda J. Foose Memorial Award – Kevin Womack

Class of ’57 Distinguished Teacher Award – Molly Dennis

Drude Sparre Crane Music Scholarship – Anusha Iyer

Isabella Dodds Scholarship – Cameron Scalera

Bruce G. Dunning Memorial Award – Claire Brennan

Edmund K. Faltermayer Scholarship – Zoe Rader

Charles H. Frankenbach Memorial Scholarship – Philip Zanfagna

Tomas Garcia Memorial Scholarships – Rebekkah Dayon and Cooper Harris

David M. Hart Science Scholarship – Alessandra Sabba

Waldron W. Holck Memorial Scholarship – Brianna Muselli

Andrew H. Karp Memorial Awards – Samantha Della Fera and Emmy Liederman

Nelson A. Keller Memorial Scholarships – Bianca Cammarano and Caroline Schafer

Joel B. Langholtz Memorial Award – Rayanne Elsheriff

Steven L. Lapidus Scholarship – Marie Eisenhauer

Peggy H. and Jeremiah A. Lott Scholarship – Loukas Carayannopoulos

Frank A. and Margaret R. MacPherson Scholarship – Christopher Swingle

Jean M. McDermott Fine Arts Scholarships – Dale Beyert

Helen Bell and John S. McMartin Scholarships – Elizabeth Brown-Cordero and Cameron Scalera

Lisa K. Monteleone Scholarship – Jenna Iorio

Douglas J. Odenkirk Memorial Scholarship – Emma Buckley

Mandeville Rentrop Memorial Scholarships – Brianna Muselli

Joseph E. Rood Memorial Scholarship – Jack Neiswenter

Rachel Mather Sullivan Memorial Scholarship – Matt Hopen

Justina V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Christina Harvey

Noel A. and Thelma C. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Rinaldi

Liesja Tortorello Memorial Scholarship – Philip Zanfagna

Gail W. Trimble Memorial Scholarships – Haley Nettler

Ruth V. Vincent Fine Arts Scholarships – Charlie Jeckell and Sarah Lincoln

Earl and Helen W. Wyman Scholarship – Aliyah Barnes

Westfield Foundation Matching McCoy Scholarship – Grace Brindle

If you would like to read more about these scholarships given to area students, please click here..

2Q for 2017 Grants Announced by the Foundation

Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects.  In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted over than $6,400,000 to various organizations.

In the second quarter for 2017, the Foundation granted $86,593 to 10 local organizations.  These funds will be used to buy toys and play equipment for preschoolers, replace worn carpet at the WML, the purchase of a defibrillator and security system, replacement of aging computers and laptops, provide respite care scholarships, provide transportation for children to swim lessons, and recruit and train adult volunteers.  Recipients this quarter are: Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Caring Contact, Children’s Dyslexia Center, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Imagine, Inc., Literacy New Jersey, Summit Speech School, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield Neighborhood Council, and Westfield Public Schools. 

In addition to supporting the capital projects of established social service agencies in the community, the Westfield Foundation has also been an important resource of ‘seed money’ for smaller organizations and emerging needs. 

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

To learn more about why you should donate to our Foundation, click here. 

Honoring Retiring Trustees

Three Trustees recently retired from the Foundation Board. Pictured (l to r): Howard Cohen, Michele Mattessich and Beth Cassie.

Westfield – Three trustees of the Westfield Foundation said goodbye at the annual meeting of the Foundation. Beth Cassie, the outgoing President of the Foundation, Howard Cohen, the outgoing Secretary and Michelle Mattessich, outgoing head of the Finance Committee, all served for 6 years on the Board.  During their tenure on the board, the Foundation added 18 new funds and the assets under management grew from $10.5 million to $18.3 million. The Foundation distributed $1.7 million in grants and awarded $655,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  Pictured (l to r): Howard Cohen, Michele Mattessich and Beth Cassie.