The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 14, 2012

On the move

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

By Bridget Nash Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

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.