Westfield Family Gives Away 7,000 Pounds of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brothers James Ward and John Ward gave away about 7,000 pounds of turkeys this Thanksgiving to people who may not otherwise have been able to afford them. It’s a family tradition that has grown over the years, according to James Ward.

The brothers operate and manage apartments, including senior housing. Twenty years ago, when they heard that some of the ...

Second Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes in Plainfield on Saturday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gentlemen Making Changes, a non-profit organization, will host the 2nd Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes Walk-a-thon at Plainfield's Hub Stein Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The purpose of the event is to advocate for diabetes awareness, and to raise funds in support of changing the impact that diabetes has on so many lives.  Almost one in ten, or 30.3 million ...

YMCA Achievers Learn About the Gift of a Lifetime in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Last Wednesday at the Achievers’ weekly workshop at the Plainfield YMCA, over 30 students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about one of New Jersey’s life-saving organizations, NJ Sharing Network.

Located in New Providence, NJ Sharing Network has been saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation for 30 years.

Community ...

Westfield Students Collecting Food for Hungry at Thanksgiving Football Game Against Plainfield

WESTFIELD, NJ - Students Change Hunger provides the platform for students to combat hunger throughout New Jersey.  Several Westfield High School students are collecting food to be distributed to those in need through the Community Food Bank of New Jersey when the Blue Devils take on the Plainfield Cardinals.

If you would like to help, bring non-perishable food items to the Westfield High ...

Community Agency FACT Joins Plainfield Schools’ Donation Drive for Victims of Recent Disasters

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Families and Community Together (FACT),  a community care management service agency for families and children in Union County, joined Plainfield School's donation drive for the victims of recent disasters.

Felicia Frazier, Community Resource Manager at FACT, and her colleague, Coretta Henessey, presented Plainfield High School Principal Dr. Phillip Williamson, ...

Scotch Plains Mom Raises $60K for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

WESTFIELD, NJ — Over the past two years, Tami Eagle Bowling has raised about $60,000 through her various fundraising efforts for metastatic breast cancer research.

Bowling, a Scotch Plains mom of two, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in in 2015. With no history of breast cancer in her family, she said she was shocked to find out these results after a routine mammogram at ...

Family Promise's Ehlers Named CEO, Bradshaw Chief Impact Officer as Nonprofit's Footprint, Impact Grows

SUMMIT, NJ - Reflecting the growth and national scope of Summit-based Family Promise, two of the organization's senior executives -- Claas Ehlers and Cara Bradshaw -- have received elevated titles. Ehlers, formerly president, is now the Chief Executive Officer while Bradshaw, previously Director of Development, is now Chief Impact Officer.

Family Promise, founded in the ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Community Joins Interfaith RISE Walkathon

EDISON, NJ -- On Sunday, November 12, members of the community from The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison joined to help support Interfaith RISE’s annual walk-a-thon.  Upper School students helped direct participants, worked the registration table, and held signs during the walk. 

Families and students who attended heard from several speakers along the walk, and had the ...

MissionCleanWater Founder to Hold Talk at The Coffee Box in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's The Coffee Box will host a talk with MissionCleanWater founder James Leitner of Scotch Plains, NJ.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Leitner will talk about water, health, and adventure.  He will share his story about walking across North America from May 17th to Oct. 6th while pulling almost 90 pounds of water, and what his plans are for ...

Feeding the Needy: Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Provide Food to Hands of Hope

EDISON, NJ -- Members of Club Interact at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison load a delivery truck from Hands of Hope in Edison after completing another successful Holiday Food Drive.

This initiative is part of a school-wide effort to help those who are less fortunate in the holiday season.

Pictured, from left: Rohan Arvindh of Edison, Jasjeet Kandola of Carteret, Eduardo Martinez of ...

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Greater Union County United Way Participates in Giving Tuesday Campaign

November 19, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, United Way of Greater Union County will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging generosity and philanthropy around the world.

United Way of Greater Union County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, focuses on providing critical resources to children and ...