Service and Social Organizations for Westfield Women

Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shops

Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shops

Whether you’re new to town or a long-time resident, if you’re a woman seeking to volunteer, socialize, pitch in, or give back to your community, Westfield has lots of opportunities. The following list of service and social organizations will help guide you in finding a niche that suits your interests—and give you an opportunity to meet new friends.

The College Woman’s Club of Westfield

Founded in 1917, this club has an emphasis on higher education for women, and it awards scholarships to deserving young women living in the Westfield area.

Garden Club of Westfield

Founded in 1922, The Garden Club of Westfield serves the community through civic projects such as community beautification, educational events, garden therapy for disabled veterans and senior citizens, and garden tours. If you’d like to share your enthusiasm for horticulture and garden design, here’s how to join this group.

The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield (JLEP)

Founded in 1923, this educational and charitable women’s organization’s mission is “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” The JLEP owns and operates The Jumble Store, a thrift shop located in downtown Cranford, NJ. It’s been in existence for more than 75 years. Additionally, the league runs Career Closet, Helping Hands, scholarships, and the Prom Dress Sale. They also host several social events for members throughout the year. To learn more about joining the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield as a provisional member, click here.

Newcomer’s Club of Westfield

Since 1944 this club has been helping new (and not-so-new) residents to the Westfield area feel right at home. The club welcomes those who have recently moved to town or who have had a recent lifestyle change—”you don’t have to be new in town to join Newcomers!” Each month you’ll find a variety of activities, from book club to movie nights; from women’s, couples’, and children’s activities to community service events. Interested in joining? Here’s how.

Westfield Welcome Club

“Creating new friendships since 1959,” this club provides a variety of social events from monthly dinners in town to organized children’s activities. Here’s more information and membership details.

The Woman’s Club of Westfield

Founded in 1895, this volunteer organization has four divisions: The General Club, The Fortnightly Group (Evening Membership Division), the Junior Woman’s Club (described in more detail below), and the Juniorettes (for members ages 12-18). Yearly projects include scholarship awards to Westfield High School graduates for continuing education, Career Institute for Girls at Douglass College, and more. Please email the club to learn more and for membership information.

Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield

Founded in 1927, this organization is for women ages 18 to 40 who share a common goal of “improving our community, our state, and the lives of others.” The club provides opportunities for socializing, making friends, and having a positive impact in the community. Recent community projects include Adopt-a-Family, Spelling Bee, Scholarship Fund, Dress for Success, and lots more. To learn more about membership, click here or call 908.789.8991.

The Westfield Service League

Since 1941, the Westfield Service League members have been committed to serving the community by volunteering and giving back. They operate the Westfield Thrift and Consignment Shops (open September through June) in downtown Westfield on Elmer Street, with annual proceeds going to Union County agencies in need. (To date, the organization has donated more than $2 million.) In addition to running the shops, the league has several social events for its members. For membership information, call one of the shops: Thrift 908.233.2530 or Consignment 908.232.1223.

There are many more organizations for Westfield residents to join, check out the comprehensive lists of Clubs and Organizations on the Town of Westfield website.

Updated 1-7-2017