Westfield Service League Awards Grants to 41 Local Nonprofits

(above, l-r) Westfield Service League Members, Front row: Karen Salemme and Sylvia Martinez; back row Carole Peyton, Susan McClelland, Janice Fusaro, Kathy S

Grants awarded to 41 Local Nonprofits

Westfield Service League

The Westfield Service League (WSL) membership voted to approve $90,482 in grants to 41 civic and service organizations serving the residents of Westfield and Union County. The funds are raised from the thrift and consignment shops that the WSL runs in Westfield and donations from the community.

“I’m thrilled that because of the devotion of our shoppers, consignors and donors and the wonderful work of our staff and volunteers, we were able to award the largest amount in several years to local nonprofit organizations,” said Grants Committee Chair Sylvia A. Martinez. “It is always rewarding to fund tried and true nonprofit and service organizations doing good work in our communities, as well as new organizations, all vetted by our dedicated grants committee members. Not only do customers of our shops help the planet, they help so many people in our community.”

This year’s grant recipients included organizations helping children with cancer and their families, seniors with Alzheimer’s, after school and summer programs for underserved children, arts organizations, a suicide prevention hotline, and other important community services. A full list of the organizations is below.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of the WSL Thrift & Consignment Shop customers and the more than 175 volunteers who work tirelessly in our shops processing the clothing that is donated or consigned, maintaining our house where the shops are housed, vetting the organizations which receive funding and all of the other activities that go into running our organization,” said Gigi Tilocca, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee.

Each year the 11-member Grants Committee vets the organizations. Vetting includes a meeting with a representative of the organization, usually on site, and a review of the organization’s financial statements and their application. The committee then meets to discuss each organization and makes its recommendations to the full membership for approval.  

“We want to thank all of the members of the committee for their hard work in making sure that the money we raise goes to the best possible programs in deserving organizations,” said Susan McClelland and Karen Salemme, Co-Presidents of the WSL.

Grants were given to nine new organizations this year, including Josephine’s Place which provides workshops to teach women how to start home-based businesses, Trinitas Foundation to provide lymphedema products to patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and Valerie’s Soup Kitchen to help them provide meals for the homeless. For a complete list of the organizations that received funding, please visit the WSL at thewestfieldserviceleague.org.

The WSL shop is located at 114 Elmer Street in Westfield and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about donations or volunteering, call 908-233-2530 for the Thrift Shop or 908-232-1223 for the Consignment Shop.

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