Westfield United Fund

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Welcome to the Westfield United Fund!

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.

Catch the WAVE!

The Westfield United Fund will sponsor its fourth annual Westfield Area Volunteer Expo (WAVE) on Friday, October 13, from 3-6pm at the Westfield Area Y’s Bauer Branch, 422 East Broad Street. This is an open house for the entire community, with 25 local non-profit organizations offering information about volunteer opportunities. These range from one-time events to ongoing commitments, so there is something for everyone, both adults and teens. If you are looking for a way to give back and help others in the community, come and check it out!

Organizations participating include agencies of the Westfield United Fund, such as ARC of Union County, Caring Contact, CASA, Community Access Unlimited, Homefirst, Literacy New Jersey, Mobile Meals of Westfield, the Westfield Area Y, YWCA Union County, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, as well as outside organizations such as the College Woman's Club, Downtown Westfield Corporation, EZ Ride, Furniture Assist, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Imagine, the Westfield Food Pantry, the Westfield Historical Society, the Westfield Kiwanis Club and the Westfield Rotary Club. 

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Many Thanks to Our Retiring Trustees!











This year's Annual Meeting was held at the offices of our local Girl Scout Council, Heart of New Jersey, on May 16th. We thanked our retiring trustees for their many contributions to the WUF over the years. We will miss you all! 

Pictured (l. to r.) are Deirdre Gelinne, Executive Director; Bernadette Houston, Dave Tepp, Darielle Walsh, John Schmidt, Jim McCabe, and Rick Malacrea, President of the Board of Trustees. Not pictured: Pete Echausse, Karen Heffron, Paul Zoidis.

(We also welcomed four new trustees, pictured on the Our Board page.)

Fund Distribution Makes the Hard Choices













Many thanks to the members of this year's Fund Distribution Committee for their hard work! This group does the due diligence for the WUF, examining the programs we are asked to fund, and determining the best use for your charitable dollars. Together We Make a Difference!

Back row: Greg Blasi, Carrie Sumas, Jessica Stewart, Mark Lynch, Denise Ricci, Bernadette Houston, Ginny Malley. Front row: Carolyn Tenney, Denis Sullivan, Bob Gallagher, Mark Ukrainskyj, Mike Feldman. Not pictured: Jane Collins.

WUF Partners with Northfield Bank via GWACC

WUF Executive Director Deirdre Gelinne receives a donation from Maria Fuentes, Northfield Bank, through the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce's Wish List program, which pairs local businesses with non-profits. GWACC Board Member Stephanie Branna (left) and Executive Director Gene Jannotti (right) oversee the program.

Two River Bank Supports the WUF

Executive Director Deirdre Gelinne receives a check for our annual campaign from Two River Bank executives Jodi Weinberg and Jeff Schneider.

Meet The Origami Club Kids!

Executive Director Deirdre Gelinne with The Origami Club Kids (l. to r.): Emily Engel, Katie Palmer, Cottler Vierschilling, Greg Oliveri, Kaiyang Zhu, Richie Vasquez, Kevin Arndt















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! 

Coldwell Banker Supports WUF









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.

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Sarah receives help from a teacher at the Homework Club, part of our After School Tutoring program.

Lavy House Hosts Monthly Information Sessions

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 the issues that concern them. Recent topics have included: Making Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions a Reality, Managing Chronic Illness, Nutrition for Seniors, Community Resources for Older Adults, Choosing a Home Health Aide, Medicare 101, Alzheimer's/Dementia 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, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ 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 a licensed social worker provided by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ on Tuesdays from 9:30am-4:30pm. Please call 908-389-1263 to make an appointment.