Who We Are
We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization that supports charities in Ridgewood, New Jersey and surrounding communities. All revenue generated goes toward helping local charities as well as financing the upkeep of our historic clubhouse.
Whether it’s the popular Ridgewood Home Tour sponsored by the Woman's Club, monthly lunches with interesting programs or evening events with lively speakers, our members share camaraderie as friendships form and the organization raises funds for charities.
- Awarding scholarship funds to deserving college freshmen
- Granting monies to local organizations benefiting women and children as well as camps for children with disabilities
- See the list of charities we support
The Woman's Club raises money through:
- Rentals of our historic building and garden space
- Festive home tours
- Musical and theatrical performances
- Craft fairs
- Rummage sales
Examples of volunteer service projects:
- Food pantry collection
- Annual blood drives
- Delivery of Meals on Wheels to seniors
- Special events and dances for the elderly
Some of our social events:
- Lively speakers
- Interesting authors
- Bunco evenings
- Mah-jong afternoons
- Monthly luncheons
- Book group meetings
Founded in 1914, the Woman's Club of Ridgewood started as a small group of women who wanted to make a difference in their community. Three years later, members did just that. They sold Liberty Bonds and sewed hospital gowns for the Red Cross during World War I.
Later, during the Depression, the group sponsored a food pantry and a food exchange network. And after learning about a bank in town about to fail, members held an emergency meeting and bought a newspaper ad, proclaiming in large font, the bank had “Plenty of Money.” The advertisement helped prevent tens of people from depleting their accounts and helped save the bank. The social action continued.
In the midst of World War II, the Woman's Club and other prominent citizens launched a patriotic Fourth of July parade and celebration. The parade, with firetrucks, floats from scout troops and civic organizations, continues today, and is beloved by many for one of the most successful small town parades.
For decades, the organization functioned as two groups, one for older women and one for younger. Recently, in keeping with the philosophy that a range of age difference is viewed as a positive benefit, the two groups merged, providing more camaraderie for all.