The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

On the move

JWL of Enid is working to relocate its Return Engagement store downtown

ENID — Junior Welfare League of Enid currently is renovating a new location with the goal of better serving the people of Enid.

JWL officials hope to be moved into its their location at 121 and 123 N. Grand by the end of 2012, but while they are renovating the members plan on continuing to provide their volunteer services to help many people in Enid.

“Our mission is to promote volunteerism,” said Eva Bartley, president of Junior Welfare League of Enid.

The organization raises funds year-round through the operation of its business, Return Engagement, a thrift and consignment store. Return engagement has been operating in Enid for nearly 60 years.

One of the biggest missions of Junior Welfare League of Enid is to help children.

“We find kids in need and give $10,000 every year” through the clothing, education and welfare program, Bartley said.

Junior Welfare League works with school counselors in Garfield County to find students who need clothing, shoes, school supplies or toiletries and donates those items through the clothing, education and welfare program.

The league also helps other area organizations when they need funding and donates about $7,500 each year to organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, school after-prom events and YWCA.

“We get six to eight requests each month,” Bartley said.

Recently, Junior Welfare League of Enid held a bake sale and raised $10,227 to help with medical expenses of two teenage boys who were injured in a grain auger accident in Kremlin last summer. The proceeds from the bake sale were divided equally between the families of the boys.

Through monetary donations and donations of items, JWL of Enid has given more than $30,000 back to the community in the last year.

The organization donates time and funds to many organizations each year, and league officials said they hope the new location will help them give even more back to the community.

Once moved, JWL will be able to accept more and larger items for Return Engagement, have a more organized receiving area and create better procedures for prepping and pricing items for the store. They also hope to have a better shopping atmosphere and have more storage.

By the end of the year, Junior Welfare League of Enid plans to create a new and detailed marketing plan, host a grand opening of the new location, have promotional incentives, offer military and senior discounts and more.

JWL also offers its locally famous cookbook, which makes a perfect gift, Bartley said, and is available at Return Engagement, now at 201 W. Garriott.

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


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  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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