Our History and Purpose
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that was incorporated in July, 1973. The original purpose of the organization was to provide financial assistance to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Day Care Committee. Our objective was to earn funds through the operation of a thrift shop.
Through garage sales, flea markets, donations, and the sale of stationery depicting the Fanwood Community House, the League earned $4,000 and a dream became a reality. We opened the doors of our first shop on
October 5, 1974.
Over the years, the Thrift Shop has enjoyed continued success at a number of locations in downtown Scotch Plains. In the spring of 2012, the shop was moved to its current location at
1741 East Second Street. The shop can always be identified by its beautifully decorated windows that have become familiar to all who pass by! The shop enjoys plentiful free off-street and on-street parking, access to bus lines, and a location convenient to surrounding towns and major roadways.
Much to our delight, the shop has prospered in each succeeding year of its operation! Since our humble beginning, and with the unfailing support of our donors, shoppers, and benefactors, the Service League has raised and donated over $1.2 million to various organizations in Fanwood, Scotch Plains, and other area communities. We continue to direct our efforts toward the betterment of Fanwood and Scotch Plains, with an emphasis on helping women and youth.
Organizations Receiving Grants in 2016
Center for Hope (hospice)
Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation
Emmanuel Cancer Organization
Fanwood Memorial Library
Fanwood Rescue Squad
Fanwood-Scotch Plains Girl Scouts
F-SP Recycling Association
Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA
Flintlocks - BSA (senior BSA volunteers)
Historical Society of Scotch Plains & Fanwood
Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Service
Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss
Literacy New Jersey - Union County
Master Gardeners of Union County
Mobile Meals of Westfield
Resolve Community Counseling Center
SP-F Preschool Program
Scotch Plains Library
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad
SWIM (Specialized Water Interest Movement)
Trailside Nature & Science Center
YMCA - Union County (services for domestic violence victims)