Many women do not have what they need to present themselves in a professional manner to prospective employers. The Career Closet is our way of ensuring that a woman will not have to choose between feeding her family and purchasing suitable clothing. Volunteers at the NCJW/Essex Career Closet serve as personal shoppers to assist women in obtaining career attire and accessories appropriate for the workplace. Women are referred by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other social service agencies and receive coordinating clothing and accessories appropriate for interviewing and the workplace at no cost.

Please donate women’s attire that is:

New or like-new, Interview-appropriate, Any Size: Petite 0-5X, In style (not dated), In season, Ready to wear (no stains, tears, or pulls)


Please no jeans or undergarments.

We particularly need these items:

  • Women’s business suits (skirt or pants with jackets)
  • Work appropriate skirts, slacks, blouses and shells
  • Dresses
  • Blazers/Jackets
  • Spring Coats
  • Work appropriate shoes, new or like-new
  • Handbags
  • Nylon knee-highs, new in original package (only in shades brown and black)
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Scarves
  • Belts
  • High-demand items include: Large size clothing and shoes

Sorry, we do not accept: Active wear, Denim, Formal wear

Accepting Spring/Summer clothes only, on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017              10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, April 21, 2017                      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Donations MUST be on hangers and like new condition.

Bring items for donation to:

Career Closet of NCJW/Essex,
349 East Northfield Road, Livingston, N.J.
Lower Level – turn right off elevator, go to end of hall*
(We can supply a tax-deduction letter for you to complete.)
*When making a donation, you must be able to transport clothing/accessories to the Career Closet on your own.

To volunteer please email