The Westfield Service League (WSL) awarded almost $66,000 to 40 Union County area nonprofit and service organizations for 2019. Since 1941, WSL has given $2,867,695 in grants.

“It feels wonderful to help other groups doing important work in our communities,” said Rosann LiVolsi, co-president of WSL. “This year, we were able to help more organizations that ever.”

The grants are funded through net sales proceeds from the WSL Thrift & Consignment shops, 114 Elmer Street in Westfield (the big blue house behind Starbucks). 

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“Thanks to our customers, donors, consigners and volunteers, we are able to raise the funds for grants that help benefit people throughout our area,” said Linda Heroux, WSL co-president.  

A half-dozen organizations were first-time grantees this year. They include:

Creature Comfort Pet Therapy — Seeks to enhance lives through therapeutic visits with caring volunteers and their pets.

ECLC Foundation — Offers "Education, Careers & Lifelong Community" to children and adults with special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

Newark Bait & Flycasting — Shares a love of fishing to help veterans, children, and disabled individuals and promotes environmental conservation.

Refugee Assistant Partners — Interfaith organization that assists in the resettlement of refugees from all countries of origin to Union County.  

Westfield Municipal Alliance — A local grassroots movement to involve the citizens of Westfield in a comprehensive and coordinated community-based fight against alcoholism and drug abuse.

Rotary Club of Westfield — Local chapter of an international humanitarian outreach organization. 

Many organizations have received grants over the years, including Birthday Box, Children's Specialized, Contact We Care, Covenant House, Emmanuel Cancer, Family and Children's Services, Westfield Food Pantry, Westfield Historical Society, Westfield Area YMCA and YWCA Union County.

Grant applications for 2020 will be available in late fall. Please visit the Westfield Service League’s website for more information or request an application via mailto:wsldonationapplication@gmail.com.

For a complete list of all 40 grantees, visit the WSL website.