Foundation grants funds for Purchase of Shuttle Vans for UCC students

Union County College was able to purchase two shuttle vans with money awarded by the Westfield Foundation. 

The vans offer UCC students free, safe and reliable transportation between the Cranford, Elizabeth and Plainfield campuses of Union County College as well as transportation to and from the Cranford train station.  Each van is wheelchair accessible and can hold up to 20 passengers. 

The Westfield Foundation has been serving the needs of the community for 45 years.  Established as an endowment to provide a lasting source of funding, The Westfield Foundation seeks to support programs and projects that improve people’s lives. 

Pictured are: Union County College students; Doug Rouse, Union County College Foundation Executive Director; Munira Ismail, Westfield Foundation Board Member; Darielle Walsh, Union County College Foundation Board Member; Rich Elbert, Westfield Foundation Board Member; Gerard Boyle, Westfield Foundation Executive Director; Dr. Margaret McMenamin, Union County College President; Lawrence Darrow, Westfield Foundation President; Stanley Gersch, Westfield Foundation Board Member; Priscilla Mann, Westfield Foundation Office Administrator; Victor Richel, Union County College Board Chair; Union County College students.

Foundation Announces 2nd Q Grants for 2021

In the 2nd quarter of 2021, the Westfield Foundation distributed $68,544.00 in grants to 10 different agencies: CancerCare Inc., CASA of Union County, Caring Contact, Family Promise, Greater Somerset County YMCA, More Than Bootstraps, Our House Foundation, Patriots’ Path Council – Boy Scouts, Presbyterian Church – Agape Community Kitchen, and the Westfield Service League.

These funds will be used for such items as face masks for summer day campers, supplemental groceries for families in need, replacement of inoperable windows, training for family advocates re substance abuse, and a healthy food initiative to address food insufficiency.

The Foundation has awarded over $8M in grant money since 1975.  The diversity of grant recipients is a testament to the fact that the Foundation’s grants impact many lives.  The foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services.  Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects, so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. 

If you need more information about the Westfield Foundation, please visit the Foundation website at  

If you have questions about making a donation or are interested in creating a ‘family legacy’ which would benefit the community for years to come, please contact Jay Boyle, Executive Director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to