Our mission is to help people in our area who need care and social services.
Our purpose is to fund quality programs provided by independent agencies approved by the Westfield United Fund. We strive to identify unmet needs and to support programs and services that address the needs of individuals, families, teens, children, and seniors, including those with physical and psychological disabilities.
Our goal is to be a community resource for residents in need as well as those looking for ways to give back.
This year's Annual Meeting was held at the Lavy House Senior Resource Center on May 17th. WUF trustees, agency representatives and donors gathered to discuss the events of the past year, including the opening of the LHSRC on January 1st.
Pictured (l. to r.) are Scott Cassie, Trustee; Rick Malacrea, new President of the Board of Trustees; and Helen French, Development Director for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
The Lavy House Senior Resource Center opened on January 1, 2016. Since then, monthly information sessions have drawn seniors and their families in to learn more about issues concerning this population. Recent topics have included: Managing Chronic Illness, Nutrition for Seniors, Community Resources for Older Adults, Choosing a Home Health Aide, Medicare 101, Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities for 55+, Alzheimer's/Dementia: What You Need to Know Now and Falls Prevention. The presentations are coordinated with Jewish Family Service of Central NJ and funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. These programs are free and open to the entire community.
The Lavy House Senior Resource Center is a joint project of the Westfield United Fund and the Congregation of Temple Emanu-El. It is located in the Dr. Norman Lavy Community House, 748 East Broad Street, adjacent to the Temple property. The purpose of the center is to provide free information about local programs and services for all seniors in our community and their families. The Center is staffed by volunteers Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-2pm. Members of the public are welcome to drop in during those hours or call 908-389-1263 to speak with a volunteer.
In addition to our volunteers, there is a licensed social worker on-site every Tuesday, who will meet with families and individuals and provide counseling if needed. This service is made possible by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
On January 21, 2015, our Executive Director, Deirdre Gelinne, happily accepted a generous donation from a local Coldwell Banker office, Westfield East. The agents conducted an internal fundraiser in November, and donated the proceeds to several local charities. We are grateful and proud to be chosen as one of their recipients. Many thanks, Coldwell Banker!
Pictured in the photo above are John Bradley, Sales Manager of the CBWE office, Deirdre Gelinne, Bernadette Houston and Frank Isoldi. Bernadette and Frank are WUF trustees as well as Coldwell Banker agents.
A group of fourth graders at Jefferson School who call themselves the Origami Club recently donated $155! As Cottler Vierschilling explained in a letter to the WUF, he and some of his friends at school wanted to do something to help people in our community. They had also become interested in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, and enjoyed learning to make a variety of shapes. They decided to form the Origami Club and began building an inventory of different shapes, following the instructions they found on Youtube. They made about 350 swans, stars, etc., which they sold to classmates at Jefferson School, along with lemonade.
Cottler's parents suggested that they donate the proceeds to the Westfield United Fund, since we help lots of people in the community. This was our first donation from a kids club! It's wonderful to see a group of kids who care about others in the community, and take action to help. What a great example of compassion in action!