For the 16th consecutive year, the Optimist Club of Westfield is seeking nominations for its 2013 annual Karyn Oros Youth Volunteer Award.

The award is given to a junior or senior high school student who lives in Westfield and who has distinguished himself or herself through volunteer service in the community. “As an organization that is itself founded on the principles of volunteerism, the Optimist Club is pleased to recognize young men and women who have embraced these values at an early age,” said Youth Volunteer Award Co-Chairman Trudy Silverman.  The award includes a cash grant and, if the winner is a Westfield High School student, it will be presented at the “Awards Night” ceremony at the high school on May 23rd. Anyone interested in nominating a student for the Youth Volunteer Award is asked to contact Brent Beene at or (973) 738-9353 for a nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, March 29th.

The Optimist Club of Westfield is a not-for-profit community service organization founded in 1989. Its mission is to enhance the overall quality of life in Westfield by developing initiating and maintaining projects and programs that primarily benefit youth and families of the community. The club works closely with schools, public agencies and other civic-minded organizations in Westfield to support other endeavors that are in concert with its primary objectives. The Optimist Club of Westfield meets monthly and encourages like-minded men and women to attend its meetings. For more information, call Membership Chairman, Mike Walsh at (908) 654-3144.