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
  • Winter 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

Thank you for your plan to donate clothing to help women return to the workplace.  We only accept donations of current business appropriate office attire in near perfect condition.  All clothing MUST be in like new condition and on HANGERS.  We CANNOT use BRAS, SHORTS, JEANS, SOCKS, LINGERIE, BEACHWEAR, or FORMAL WEAR, or any clothing more than five years old.

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