Press Releases

WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board Announces $5,900 in Grant Awards to Union County Organizations


WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board Announces $5,900 in Grant Awards to Union County Organizations


WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board chairs Ava Feldman and Aidan Maher announced $5,900 in grant awards to seven (7) Union County organizations at an awards ceremony that took place Monday evening, May 21, 2018 at The Westfield Area YMCA.  Grants were awarded to the following Union County organizations: Caring Contact; CASA of Union County; Community Coordinated Child Care of Union County; Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless – Operation Warm Heart; Family and Children’s Services, Inc.; HOPES Community Action Partnership-Plainfield College Readiness Program; and The Westfield Neighborhood Council.


All seven agencies attended the reception where the teen board presented grant awards to each agency.  Teen board members shared grant proposal qualities that touched them and why they thought it merited funding.

Sign Up for E-News


The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience, (WAYVE) is made possible through a generous grant from the Westfield Foundation and is coordinated by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ), a non-profit, non-sectarian health and social service agency, that serves all residents of Union County, NJ.


Members of the WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board are: Thomas Brennan, Matthew Dispenza, Mackenzie Dulski, Ava Feldman, Roselyne Garabete, Nathaniel Fountain Jardim, Jesse Katz, Aidan Maher, Dominic Maurillo, Sloane Silverman, Rachel Simpson, Marianne Smith and Ryan Smith.  


WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board Co-Chair Ava Feldman stated that it is her “Hope to inspire other teens to volunteer.” Co-Chair Aidan Maher said, “I have learned a great deal from being able to experience the business side of philanthropy while allocating funds to groups who directly help the underprivileged in Union county.”


All members of the WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board have expressed an interest in community service and have all volunteered for a wide range of Union County based charities, social service organizations, synagogues and churches.  Mackenzie Dulski, Teen Board member, stated, “This was a unique and rewarding experience.  We learned so much about the responsibilities that come with being a board member.”


Amy Kover, Vice President of The Westfield Neighborhood Council added, “Adults and kids working together to build our community, it doesn’t get any better than that.”  


Tom Beck, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey spoke at the reception saying, ”I am very impressed with the hard work of this board and it’s grant award choices.  The agencies chosen by this board are lifting up our community.”


WAYVE Program Directors Jill Dispenza and Vicki Simpson closed the evening with a thank you to all who attended and announced that the 2019 WAYVE Teen Foundation Board will welcome 15 high school sophomores and juniors.  Applications for the 2019 board will be accepted in late summer.  If you are interested in being a board member or any other WAYVE volunteer opportunities, please email us at


The grants were for a one-time, short-term projects that will improve the lives of Union County residents.  The focus areas were: technology/equipment, and social service and advocacy for impoverished and/or vulnerable populations.  Proposals demonstrated how the program will promote the health and social well-being of the Agency’s constituents.  Applicant agencies were all non-profit organization with proof of 501 © 3 tax-exempt status, have strong board involvement and demonstrate responsible financial stewardship.


Photo Caption:


WAYVE  (Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience) Teen Philanthropy Board Members awarded $5,900 in grants to seven (7) Union County Organization in an awards ceremony that took place Monday evening, May 21, 2018, at the Westfield Area Y.


Pictured Here: WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board Members: Thomas Brennan, Matthew Dispenza, Mackenzie Dulski, Ava Feldman, Roselyne Garabete, Nathaniel Fountain Jardim, Jesse Katz, Aiden Maher, Dominic Maurillo, Sloane Silverman, Rachel Simpson, Marianne Smith and Ryan Smith with Grant Awardees, Janet Sarkos, Caring Contact, Gretchen Boger-O’Bryan, CASA of Union County, Ellen Tepper, Family and Children’s Services, Josefina Lieberman, Plainfield College Readiness Program, Alisha Jenks, Community Coordinated Child Care of Union County, Ahisa Quallis, Westfield Neighborhood Council, Erica Rodriguez, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Tom Beck, Executive Director Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, Jill Dispenza and Vicki Simpson, WAYVE Program Directors.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Video: ‘Westfield 6’ Arrested at ‘Clean Dream Act’ Protest Hold Press Conference

June 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office continue to wait for their day in court. A trial that was expected to take place Tuesday was put off until a future date at the prosecutor’s request.

Rev. Ann Ralosky ...

Cranford High Senior Prom

June 16, 2018

CRANFORD - Cranford High School held its Senior Prom on Friday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Check out the photos our readers submitted. 

Spring Art Show Displays Students' Creativity

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School Spring Art Show was held at the Cranford Public Library, on Tuesday. 

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., artwork from classes such as crafts, graphic design, photography, and drawing was on display for the public to promote the creative and unique projects done by students throughout the school year. 

Senior Awards Recipients

CRANFORD - On Thursday, June 7th, Cranford High School held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony. Here is a full list of the awards and winners. 


Cranford High School Award for Outstanding Achievement

Top 5% of the Class of 2018

Recipient: Jack Callan, Alannah Clarke, Meg Cui, Caroline Kelly, Julia Kelly, Nicholas Macchi, Katherine Ruane, Layla Serna, Katherine Stochel, ...

Sports Betting Is Off And Running in New Jersey

June 14, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park  on June 14.

Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet  — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to ...

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kick-Off Dance Party

June 20, 2018

Put on your dancing shoes and join us at the Clark Public Library for the kick-off of our annual Summer Reading Program!  The Dance Party will run from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with SuperSounds DJs playing your favorite songs. Kids can register for the summer reading challenge, get their face painted or a temporary tattoo, and make a craft.  We will also have raffles for prizes ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

Summer Water Safety Tips

Summer is a great time for parents to ensure their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The Westfield Area YMCA offers weekly swim lessons all summer long and in Monday-Thursday weekly sessions.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Remember these tips to ensure the water is an enjoyable and safe place to ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Between Park Street and Washington Street, Westfield

Walking Tour: What Makes a Great House and ...

Home & Garden

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...