We would like to announce a distribution of $52,000 in grants to four organizations in the 1Q of 2016. Additionally, the Foundation distributed over $106,000 to various organizations for further community support.
Grants for this quarter included Habitat for Humanity, WHS Band Parents Association, Groundwork Elizabeth and the Alzheimer’s Association. Funds will be used for purchase of new uniforms for the marching band, an ongoing respite care program, ongoing building expenses and the purchase of passenger van.
Additional monies distributed in the first quarter will be used toward college scholarships for Westfield students, a summer youth employment program, and support for various programs including a local orchestra.
Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is a local foundation whose goals include supporting the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Westfield.
In the first quarter for 2014, the Foundation granted almost $44,000 to 7 local organizations. These funds will be used to secure respite care for caregivers, enhance the pathways of a county garden, support a local arts organization, and offer a playwriting residency program for senior citizens. Recipients include Habitat for Humanity, Memories Live Foundation, Premier Stages at Kean University, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Westfield United Fund, the Master Gardener’s of Union County and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.
Westfield – This summer, Westfield youth will be able to attend camp in Pennsylvania, regardless of financial ability, due to a grant for the scholarship fund for Camp Speers-Eljabar. The camp, as well as 5 other community services, was granted funds totaling $38,224 for the first quarter, 2013. Projects include the West 7th Street Village project, support for musical concerts, a youth empowerment services program, and a caregivers’ respite program.
The first quarter recipients include: Oratorio Singers of Westfield, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA, Alzheimer’s Association, Youth and Family Counseling Services and Habitat for Humanity.
The work of the Foundation can only be fulfilled due to the donations of the community. The Foundation quietly runs an appeal drive at the end of the year. This year, almost $30,000 was raised for the unrestricted fund. Additional donations were collected, for donor advised and memorial funds, in the amount of $382,000. One of the largest contributions was from the estates of Lydia E. Hoffart.
The Foundation encourages creating an individual family fund, which makes it possible to leave a permanent legacy for your philanthropic interests. You can build a lasting legacy and perpetuate the name you select for the Fund.
Mary Robinson, the Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, spoke to current and former trustees at the annual cornerstone meeting in December. Imagine is a year-round grief support center for children and adults located in Westfield. Imagine received a $15,000 grant in early 2012, which was ear marked as seed money for the start up of Imagine.