Foundation honored at the Centennial celebration of the YWCA Union County

The Westfield Foundation was honored recently at the YWCA Union County’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ. 

The YWCA Union County is a safe haven for people experiencing domestic abuse.  They offer comprehensive services for survivors and their children including counseling, residential programs, a skills training and empowerment program (STEP), court advocacy, and a crisis hotline: (908) 355-4357 (HELP).  They also partner with Union County and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to operate the Union County Family Justice Center.

In 2019, a fire severely damaged the YWCA’s headquarters building in Elizabeth, NJ, jeopardizing the operations.  A capital campaign was launched and The Westfield Foundation responded with a lead grant of $250,000.00 towards the rebuilding efforts.   

The new building is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the YWCA to not only continue its work but to grow and expand its programming.

The Westfield Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of citizens in and around Westfield, NJ.  It was founded in 1975 as an endowment to fund programs in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services, and civic projects.  The Westfield Foundation serves as a liaison between the many donors who have given generously over the years and the organizations that benefit. 

If you would like to be a part of this lasting legacy for Westfield, please contact Gerard Boyle, Executive Director, at (908) 233-9787 or 

Pictured from left to right are: Aretha Johnson, YWCA Vice President; Darielle Walsh; Elizabeth Chance, former Westfield Foundation Executive Director;
Gerard Boyle, current Westfield Foundation Executive Director; Tina Earley, YWCA President.  

Foundation announces 3rd and 4th Quarter grants

Westfield – In the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2019, Westfield Foundation distributed $103,260  in grants to 12 different agencies: Caring ContactCranford First Aid SquadJewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, Emmanuel Cancer FoundationAlzheimer’s New Jersey, Family Promise Union CountyTwo Hundred Club of Union CountyCenter for Hope HospiceYouth & Family Counseling Services of New Jersey, YWCA Union CountyNJ Workshop for the Arts and the Town of Westfield.  Projects these grants will assist include the updating and purchasing of new equipment, scholarships, public artwork, a music production studio, support of programs for youth and caretakers and workshops for long-term success.

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.  

This winter, Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation has added the capability of making a secure donation, via their website, for the first time.  It’s as easy as a click to donate and help your neighbors in need. Click here to make a donation now.

The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign per year. If you wish to donate by check, to the foundation’s current annual appeal, donations may also be sent to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091.  

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, click here for more information.