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. The long-term objective was to earn funds through the operation of a thrift shop.
The League initially earned $4,000 through garage sales, flea markets, donations, and the sale of stationery depicting the Fanwood Community House. The League finally achieved its goal when it opened the doors of its first thrift 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 the League's delight, the shop has prospered in each succeeding year of its operation! Since its humble beginning, and with the unfailing support of donors, shoppers, and benefactors, the Service League has raised and donated over $1.3 million to various organizations in Fanwood, Scotch Plains, and other area communities. The League continues to direct its efforts toward the betterment of Fanwood and Scotch Plains, with an emphasis on helping women and youth.
Organizations Receiving Grants in 2018
Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care
Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation
Emmanuel Cancer Organization
Fanwood Arts Council
Fanwood Memorial Library
Fanwood Rescue Squad
Fanwood-Scotch Plains Girl Scouts
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
JCC of Central New Jersey
Literacy New Jersey - Union County program
Mobile Meals of Westfield
Resolve Community Counseling Center, Inc.
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Preschool Program
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad
SWIM, Inc. (Specialized Water Interest Movement)
YMCA - Union County (services for domestic violence victims)