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Westfield Foundation accepting gran proposals

Westfield Foundation accepting gran proposals

WAYVE Teen Foundation Board cochairs Ryan Smith and Rachel Simpson
WAYVE Teen Foundation Board cochairs Ryan Smith and Rachel Simpson

THE TEEN FOUNDATION Board of the Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience (WAYVE) — coordinated by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFS) and made possible through a grant from the Westfield Foundation — is accepting grant proposals from Union County-based charities for over $6,000 in awards.

Board members — all young volunteers for philanthropic and social service agencies and houses of worship — are being mentored by JFS executive director Tom Beck, Fred C. Rummel Foundation executive director Anne Marie Puleio, and Westfield community leader Darielle Walsh.

The grants will range from $500 to $1,500 and are for one-time, short-term projects; focus areas are food insecurity, technology/equipment, environmental issues, social service, and advocacy for impoverished and/or vulnerable populations.

Proposals need to demonstrate how the program will promote the health and social well-being of the agency’s constituents. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations, have strong board involvement, and demonstrate responsible financial stewardship.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22; the awards will be announced May 20. To apply, contact or go to

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