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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.

  • 2001 - Raised an additional $350,000 for our September 11th Fund over and above our Annual Fund goal, and distributed over $1 million from the NJ Family Advocate Program.

  • 2004 - Secured laptop computers for special needs children through Pfizer Corporation.

  • 2005 - Worked in partnership with students from Westfield High School to raise funds to aid families who were victims of Katrina.

  • 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 - Partnered with the Town of Westfield to fund senior transportation for the balance of 2012, after the American Red Cross withdrew from the program, which is now run by the town.