Annual Meeting set for May!

solo 40th anniv logoPlease join the Westfield Foundation at their 40th annual meeting on Tuesday, May 5th. The meeting will be held in the Westfield Memorial Library meeting room at 7pm. This is the perfect opportunity for the public to find out more about the Westfield Foundation and how they have touched peoples’ lives for the past 40 years.

Joining the current trustees will be many cornerstone members, members of the public and many grant recipients. Guest speakers at the meeting will be Russ Triolo, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County, and Jonathan Phillips and Jackie Park Albaum from Groundwork Elizabeth.   Both agencies have been recipients of funding the past year. These speakers have great passion for what they are doing. Their work is both impressive and inspiring.

In the first quarter for 2015, the Foundation granted over $43,000 to 8 local organizations. These funds will be used to fund summer camp scholarships for 12 Westfield students, complete a community gardens project, upgrade a sprinkler system for a local theater, provide funding for a caregiver’s respite program, provide funding for a program which trains high school staff to recognize and respond to grief in the classroom, and training for a mentoring program working with at-risk kids. Recipients include Habitat for Humanity, The Westfield Community Players, Camp Speers-Eljabar, Restore Ministries, Alzheimer’s Association, Groundwork Elizabeth, Master Gardener’s of Union County and Imagine, Inc.

During 2015, the Board of Trustees will continue to seek projects that advance new initiatives and will have a substantial impact on the community. The Foundation’s priority is capital projects and providing seed money to support new programs while continuing to provide smaller grants that assist existing agencies on an annual basis.  One recent recipient of ‘seed money’ is the agency Roots and Wings ($40,000), an agency established to help young adults who have aged out of NJ’s foster care system.

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



Public Invited to 38th Annual meeting of Westfield Foundation

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation will be holding their 38th annual meeting on Thursday, May 9 at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street at 7 pm. This meeting is an opportunity for the general public to come and hear how the Foundation makes a difference to Westfield and the surrounding communities.  This year’s guest speakers will be previous grant recipients Barbara Kopel, Central Regional Director, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation and Karen Olson, President, Board of Directors, Family Promise

The annual meeting is a recap of the Foundation’s accomplishments the previous year, as well as recognition of retiring Foundation trustees.  Three retiring trustees of the Foundation will be recognized for their service the past six years: Donnell Carr, who has served as Secretary of the Board and a member of the Grants, Legal, Scholarship and Policy committees; Larry Goldman, who has served as a member of the  Grants, Investment and Legal committees; and Ann Robinson, who has served as a member of the Grants committee and as Chair of the Nominating committee. 

Additionally, three new Foundation Trustees will be welcomed, Mitch Beinhaker, Karen Fountain and Janet Sarkos.   The new Executive Board for 2013-14 will be William Foley (President), Richard Coltrera (Vice-President), Alice Fertig, (Treasurer) and Howard Cohen, (Secretary).

The Foundation hopes you will be able to join them at this meeting.