Plainfield/Scotch Plains


The Plainfield/Scotch Plains Section, founded by Dorothy B. Horne in the mid-1960s and is chartered by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.  Each section is bound by all rules, regulations, policies and working principles of the national body.


Dorothy B. Horne was already an active member of the New York Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and a personal friend of the founder, Mrs. Mary Mcleod Bethune when she decided to get the women involved in the Plainfield area. She was very anxious about spreading the news of NCNW and to get women to speak out about their community.


 Mrs. Horne walked around town and gathered women in meeting places to talk about the council.  She felt this was the only way to get the word out because women were not encouraged to speak out in the 1960s. Mrs. Horne formed her first meeting at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Plainfield however; the church was too small for the large number of women in attendance.  The following meeting had to be moved to the Neighborhood House where Mrs. Horne spoke to a much larger group.  At this time, the women of Scotch Plains were included.


The Plainfield/Scotch Plains Section was formed with Mrs. Horne’s leadership and she was asked to serve as President.  She served faithfully for 5 years.  The section started out counseling children, working with people in need, hosting after school programs and serving cookies.



We meet every third Thursday at the Plainfield Library 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.


Plainfield/Scotch Plains Executive Board Members




Plainfiled/Scotch Plains Events & Activities


• Fit For Life

• AARP Long Term Care

• HIV/Aids Initiatives

• Jazz Brunch (Fundraiser)

• Harambee Brunch (UNITY)

• Hats On Party to Promote Membership

• Supporting the local Senior Centers

• Star Bright Christian School

•Three Doctors Foundation

• Assisting the elderly in Nursing Homes

• FISH Hospitality Program

• Health Fairs

• Partnering with local mentoring programs

• Donating Food Baskets to families in need

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