Cranford NJ News September 29, 2023

Get to Know the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield in Cranford: Community Impact, the Jumble Store, and Membership Perks

Nestled in Downtown Cranford, you’ll find the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield (JLEP) quietly making a positive impact in local communites.  In this blog post, we’ll give you the lowdown on JLEP, their community work, the Jumble Store, and why joining them during their current membership drive might just be the community involvement you’ve been looking for. 

Serving the Towns from Elizabeth to Plainfield

The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  They serve the communities from Elizabeth to Plainfield by teaming up with community partners to amplify their impact. Local partners include Cranford Family Care, Boys and Girls Club of Union County and Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, just to name a few. 

The Jumble Store: More Than Thrift

Cranford’s not-so-hidden gem, the Jumble Store, isn’t your average thrift shop.  This year is the store’s 90th anniversary serving the community.  In addition to having a great assortment of clothing and household items (all proceeds go to JLEP), the Jumble Store is also home to the Career Closet, a fantastic initiative that helps individuals, particularly women, dress for success by providing professional attire for interviews and job opportunities.  See the JLEP website for the Jumble Store’s hours and information on donations. 

Current Membership Drive

The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield is in the midst of a membership drive, and they’re calling on women who have a soft spot for community service and personal growth. Becoming a member is a great opportunity to dive into meaningful projects that directly benefit the local community.  JLEP knows how to balance work and play. They host an array of social events like a monthly book club, a cookie swap and even yoga events that allow fellow members to connect and build lasting relationships.  There are also numerous committees, which are where the real action happens. If you’re passionate about a particular cause, there’s likely a committee ready for your input and enthusiasm and a chance to gain valuable leadership skills and experience. 

JLEP Members at the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation backpack drive


The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield in Cranford is all about rolling up their sleeves and getting things done. With their broad community reach, partnerships, the Jumble Store (with its invaluable Career Closet), and the perks of membership during their current drive, JLEP offers a practical and fulfilling way to make a difference in your community. If you’re a woman looking for a down-to-earth opportunity to give back and grow, consider joining JLEP today. If you are interested in learning more, they are having a coffee meet-up for any interested new members on Wed Oct 18th at 9A – Starbucks, 200 South Ave in Cranford. Together, you can create positive change that truly matters.