Since its humble beginnings during the Great Depression, JWL has been successful in reaching thousands of individuals and organizations through fundraisers and service committees. In their 80+ year history, Junior Welfare League has given well over $1,000,000 to the community to help with various community causes.
Much of the money used to finance their operations comes from Return Engagement, the upscale consignment store located in Downtown Enid, where clothing, furniture, and household items are sold. Return Engagement is Junior Welfare League’s consignment store for new and nearly-new clothing and gifts. With its initial roots as a furniture store, it has expanded to an upscale clothing and gift store as well. All items are in good to exceptional condition. Return Engagement carries women’s, men’s, children’s, and baby clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as specialty home decor, books, furniture, electronics, and many other household items. All proceeds raised through our consignment store are invested back into community programs to help those in need
The store hours are Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Sundays
JWL is also known for the JWL Cookbooks, which they sell to help fund their projects. On Statehood Day in 1982, the 1st edition of JWL’s highly successful Stir Ups cookbook made its debut. By the end of the year, the Junior Welfare League had over 200 retail accounts around the globe. Stir Ups, from America’s Heartland, salutes the unique flavor of today’s Home on the Range. The Great Plains Region with its vast blue skies and golden fields of grain offers its own unique flavor to America’s cooking heritage. Stir Ups features over 700 boot-kickin’ recipes, with chapters including “Shindig Starters,” “Dough-si-Dough,” “Slim-Pickins,” and “Pony Express-ohs.” Whether stirring up a gourmet treat for a fancy shindig or simply making playdough, Stir Ups will bring a unique flavor to your Home on the “Range.”
In 2002, JWL introduced their second cookbook, Cooking by the Boot Straps, the official cookbook of Enid. This hardbound cookbook is a must-have piece of Oklahoma heaven, with full-color photographs and a sleek contemporary design. The cookbook includes historical features and profiles of local chefs, plus “Beyond Salt & Pepper,” an internationally inspired spice chart, beautiful four-color photography and over 250 recipes from Cowboy Soup to Veal Marsala, Two-Step Tenderloin to Chocolate Spice Truffles and many, many more!
JWL’s third source of funds comes from the annual Charity Gala. It is an elegant, magical evening of entertainment held each year. The evening features a delicious meal, live and silent auctions but mostly great fun for a great cause! We salute the Junior Welfare League and the more than 80 years of making Enid a better place!