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75 years of caring

Wally Westfield
  • 1937 - Originated as the United Campaign of the Westfield Social Agencies.

  • 1957 - Incorporated as the United Fund of Westfield after a townwide survey was conducted by Mayor H. Emerson Thomas.

  • 1973 - Moved into our current Westfield train station office location from the Municipal Building.

  • 1975 - Linda Maggio became our Executive Director.

  • 1975 - Formally affiliated with The United Way of America.

  • 1975 - Established thermometer outside our offices to provide visual notice of our campaign's progress.

  • 1975 - Initiated Commuter Kick-Off to increase awareness of Westfield community needs among commuting residents.

  • 1999 - Initiated a survey to identify the needs of town residents, which resulted in the development of the Westfield Organizations Resource Directory, (WORD), found on our Resources page.

  • 1999 - Established a daily transportation program for senior Westfield residents, in partnership with the American Red Cross and the Town of Westfield.

  • 2000 - Helped settle refugee families from Kosovo into Westfield, working with the Westfield Caring Community Council.

  • 2001 - Established the September 11th Committee to provide many levels of support for the families affected by the devastation.

  • 2005 - Initiated an annual mini-golf tournament, sponsored by local businesses and run by local high school students and Westfield United Fund Trustees.

  • 2009 - Ended our affiliation with The United Way of America and The United Way of Greater Union County, and returned to our roots as the Westfield United Fund.

  • 2010 - Started an After School Tutoring Program in partnership with the Westfield Board of Education, providing homework help for children in need at the six elementary schools.

  • 2012 - Linda Maggio retired; Deirdre Gelinne became our Executive Director.