Foundation awards $51K in 3Q 2015

November, 2015

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce the board awarded $51,300 in grants to 6 worthwhile local organizations. These grants will be used to train crisis hotline volunteers, stock a food pantry with groceries for families coping with pediatric cancer, to underwrite 4 outreach ensemble concerts and 2 L.I.F.E. courses at the Westfield Senior Citizens Housing, to expand a career launch program for area youth and to support advocates for at-risk children.

Since the Foundation’s inception, over $ 6 million has been granted to local organizations from the income earned on the Foundation’s investments.

This quarter’s recipients include: CONTACT We Care, a volunteer-staffed crisis hotline serving Central and Northern New Jersey; Boys & Girls Club of Union County, a club providing a safe haven, with academic enrichment and recreational activities for youth ages five to 18; Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, an agency providing such services as professional in-home counseling, material support such as food, clothing, and household items, advocacy on behalf of families and emergency financial relief to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer; NJ Intergenerational Orchestra which provides orchestral education to musicians of all ages, including full orchestral concerts and outreach performances; Union County College Foundation which provides support for scholarships, equipment, facilities and academic programs; and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County which recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to act as advocates for children who may have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

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

 

 

 

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Westfield Foundation Supports Boys & Girls Club of Union

October 9, 2015

Union, NJ  — Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County received a grant award from The Westfield Foundation of $20,000 to support their expanded Career Launch Program.  Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of The Westfield Foundation, along with Trustees Darielle Walsh and Claudia Andreski, visited the Union Club to present the award to Russell Triolo, CEO.  Support from The Westfield Foundation will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County to continue offering expanded services Career Launch services to teens as they prepare for higher education and ultimately, their future in the workforce.

“Our partnership with The Westfield Foundation reaches beyond our Clubs,”stated Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer. “The expanded Career Launch program provides our teens with additional resources and access to tools and professionals that will give them an advantage as they enter college and the workforce. Their generous support allows us to reach more teens in our communities and bring the program to middle school members as well.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers Career Launch as part of teen programs.  Teens are introduced to a variety of aspects of career and higher education preparation, including preparing resumes, college entrance applications, essays, researching colleges and universities, interview preparation, and meeting career mentors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County is celebrating 60 years of changing lives in Union County!  Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers youth programs in 5 communities in Union County: Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union, Hillside and Roselle.  Teen leadership programs for ages 14-18 are available in Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield.  Members participate in character, leadership, career preparation and community service activities throughout the year.  Aquatics is available at our Union Club.  For information on our clubs and programs, please visit our website www.bgcuc.org or contact us 908-687-2697.

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(l to r): Russell Triolo, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County; Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director, and Trustees Darielle Walsh and Claudia Andreski. (10/15)