On behalf of the Westfield High School Helping Hands (WHSHH) Fund board, I wish to thank you for your recent support of the Westfield High School ‘A Day Without’ fund drive in February 2020, as well as our community outreach in December 2019.  

Both drives collected over $2,700 for the WHSHH Fund.  Your donations directly impact the lives of families within the Westfield High School community. Rest assured, we are very thoughtful in how the monies are distributed. Direct donations are critical to the ongoing success of the fund.

As we sit at home, socially distancing to flatten the curve, we are reminded daily that many are struggling.  Whether it is a loss of employment, an illness to oneself or a loved one, or difficulty with the day to day of being at home, we realize these are the most challenging of times.  

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What our community is going through was unimaginable in February when the ‘A Day Without’ fundraiser was held.  This annual WHS fundraising drive is coordinated and run by the students from the WHS Community Service Club. Thank you to the Community Service Club organizers, Gregory Bowers and Zorana Culjak, who offer guidance to the students.  Thank you to leaderships team members for the CSC: Ava Feldman, Abby Jarecki, Karen Abaya, Rachel Simpson, Jane Sullivan, and Anna Tichenor. 

Finally, we wish to thank the many students for your hard (and tedious) work!! So many students meet weekly trying to make a difference in our WHS community.  The ‘A Day Without’ fundraising drive asks the WHS community of students and staff to have ‘a day without’ a purchase such as a coffee, snack bar, bag of chips, a phone app, etc. and to donate these saved monies to the fund.

We cannot anticipate what the future needs of our community will be following this pandemic.  We hope our community is not as affected as we have seen outside of our area, including NYC.  The WHSHH Fund was created in 2012 out of a desire to help ease the financial burden placed on families during stressful times due to serious illness, death or an extraordinary life situation. Since its inception, the fund has distributed almost $40,000 to over 40 families from the WHS community.   

Click here to see our 2019-20 flyer.

Thank you for your generosity.  Stay safe.  We look forward to getting our lives back to a normal, as normal will be, in the near future.


Ingrid McKinley
WHS Helping Hands Board Member