Aiden Maher and Ava Feldman, Co- Chairs of the WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board announced that the board is accepting requests for proposal that will provide Union County based charities with $5,300 in grant awards for the proposals chosen by the board. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2018. The grant awards will be announced on May 21,,2018.

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: Matthew Dispenza, Mackenzie Dulski, Ava Feldman, Roselyne Garabete, Nathaniel Fountain Jardim, Jesse Katz, Aidan Maher, Sloane Silverman, Rachel Simpson, Marianne Smith and Ryan Smith.

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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.

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 that he feels he will, “Learn a great deal from being able to experience the business side of philanthropy while allocating funds to groups who directly help the underprivileged in NJ.” He further stated that the allocation of funds will be a “force for positive change in the community.”

The WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board will be mentored by Tom Beck, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, Janet Sarkos, President of the Westfield Foundation, and Darielle Walsh, Westfield community leader.  These seasoned mentors will help the teens decide which proposals will receive their support based on addressing the needs to improve the lives of Union County residents.

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.

Any organization who is interested in applying should email WAYVE@jfscentralnj.org for an application, or access the request for proposal online: httsp://wayve.wufoo.com/forms/zas0sqk0c1qvyz/.