Union County organizations get grants from WAYVE teen board

Union County organizations get grants from WAYVE teen board

The WAYVE Teen Foundation Board met virtually to make its final award decisions. (Courtesy JFSCNJ)
The WAYVE Teen Foundation Board met virtually to make its final award decisions. (Courtesy JFSCNJ)

Dan Hazard, the board chair of the Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience, announced that $4,500 in grant awards were presented to five Union County organizations: Caring Contact, Gateway Family YMCA, Institute of Music for Children, Mobile Meals of Westfield, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County.

The WAYVE is made possible through a generous grant from the Allstate Foundation through David Basile from Allstate Kendall Park and Bound Brook, with additional funding from the Westfield Area Y’s Men Club and it is coordinated by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a nonprofit, nonsectarian health and social service agency that serves all Union County residents.

Members of the 2021 WAYVE Teen Foundation Board included: Max Feldman, Erin Hazard, Dan Hazard, Drew Kornfeld, Jack Rothfleisch, Payton Silverman, and Ashleigh Stewart are members of the 2021 WAYVE Teen Foundation Board.

“Being involved in the WAYVE Teen Board last year taught me a lot about non-profits, foundations, and grants,” Mr. Hazard said. “This year the board did not disappoint, despite having a slightly smaller number of members. We were able to provide grant money to a deserving group of nonprofits and I look forward to participating once again next year.” Max Feldman, a Westfield High School senior, said, “Being a three-time member of the WAYVE Teen Board has been a very rewarding and informative experience. Deliberating with my peers and learning about the grant review process has introduced me to the captivating work of many local nonprofits and taught me so much about the importance of philanthropic efforts. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with my peers to make a difference in Union County and will cherish my time in the WAYVE Board for years to come.”

All members of the WAYVE Teen Foundation Board have expressed an interest in community service and have volunteered for a wide range of Union County-based charities, social service organizations, synagogues, and churches.

Tom Beck, the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey’s executive director, said, “I am very impressed with the hard work of this board and the choices made by the teens. Our community will be lifted up as a result.”

The grants were for one-time, short-term projects that will improve the lives of Union County residents. The focus areas were technology/equipment and social service and advocacy for impoverished and/or vulnerable populations. Applicant agencies were all non-profit organizations with proof of 501 © 3 tax-exempt status, have strong board involvement, and demonstrating responsible financial stewardship.

If you know a high school student interested in the fall 2022 WAYVE Teen Board, email Jill Dispenza, the WAYVE program director, at jdispenza@jfscentralnj.org or call (908) 352-8375.

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