UNION COUNTY, NJ - WAYVE Teen Foundation Board Announces Availability Grant Awards to Union County Non-ProfitsRachel Simpson and Sean Hazard, Co-Chairs of the WAYVE Teen Foundation Board announced that the Board is accepting requests for proposal that will provide Union County based charities with grant awards for the proposals chosen by the Board. The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2020. The grant awards will be announced on May 18, 2020.


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.


All members of the WAYVE Teen Foundation Board have expressed an interest in community service and all have volunteered for a wide range of Union County based charities, social service organizations, synagogues and churches.

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WAYVE Teen Foundation Board Co-Chair Rachel Simpson stated, “I’m looking forward to working with the other board members and giving back to non-profits in Union County.  Last year this board did so many things to improve the lives of those in our community. We’re excited to review a new group of grant proposals.” Co-Chair Sean Hazard, said, ”The WAYVE Board has been a great learning experience allowing me to understand the grant process and the importance of donating to charities. There are so many deserving non-profits in our community where our friends and family donate their money and time, and it’s satisfying to be involved in the funding of these great organizations.”


The WAYVE Teen Foundation Board will be mentored by Robert Gorelick, President of The Westfield Foundation and Elie Bodner, Director of Community Engagement at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ.  These seasoned mentors will provide insight and guidance into how foundations, boards and non-profits work.


The grant requests will range from $500- $1,500 and is for a one-time, short-term project. The grants seek to support programs that address the needs that will improve the lives of Union County residents.  The focus areas are: food insecurity, technology/equipment, environmental, 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.  Applicant agencies must be a non-profit organization with proof of 501 © 3 tax-exempt status, have strong board involvement and demonstrate responsible financial stewardship. The Board will not award funds to individuals for scholarships, or for agencies located out of Union County.


Any organization who is interested in applying should email WAYVE@jfscentralnj.org for an application, or access the request for proposal online: https://jfscentralnj.wufoo.com/forms/m1lkue5y0z00k6p/

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