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March 1, 2010

Chickasha JSW: still giving back

Junior Social Workers was organized in 1928 with about 14 charter members. Its original aim was and still is “to work independently and with other charitable organizations toward the furtherance of welfare work in Chickasha.” Today it is an organization of approximately 50 volunteers who are willing to donate their time, energy and sometimes even their own personal money to various worthwhile charities.

Since the beginning of JSW, the organization has been involved in many and various moneymaking projects. Benefit bridge, annual charity balls, Christmas bazaars, style shows, benefit auctions, follies, variety musical revues, Spaghetti Days, The Remarkable Shop and the Country Cookin’ Cookbook are some of the ways JSW has in past and recent years raised funds to donate to various projects.

Some of the beginning projects of JSW include: making clothes for children at the Baptist orphanage, providing soup for school children, providing milk for every school child, purchasing school books for children, hiring a school nurse and paying her expenses until the school could assume the cost, sponsoring a youth recreation center, assisting the USO, Red Cross, and Ration Board during the war, furnishing a room for the YMCA, the Child Guidance Center, the Chickasha Library and many others. Three JSW members served on the board for The Kids Place, the community-built playground, and Junior Social Workers was once of the flagship contributors. JSW has been a contributor to various organizations such as the United Way (now Fund), Grady County Youth Services, Mobile Meals, Ronald McDonald House, Food Pantry, Chickasha Public School Foundation, Girl Scouts, Youth Soccer Association, Reading Council, Lion’s Club, Miss Chickasha Pageant, Resurrection House, Vo-Tech Displaced Homemakers, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Remarkable Shop and many, many others. JSW has, for many years, sent a local high school girl to Girls State.

In 1950, JSW began the Thrift Shop, which became the Remarkable Shop. Mrs. A.W. Hoyt directed the shop and it became a permanent project to provide funds. Through the years it changed locations and burned on July 5, 1974 destroying everything. With the help of all the members, many husbands, and many local Chickasha businesses, it was reopened only one month later. After many years of providing families with clothing in times of crisis or hardship and due to the changes within the community, it became apparent that JSW could serve the needs of the Chickasha area by closing the store and redirecting our time, energy and resources. In 2009 JSW started a College Scholarship Fund and was able to assist four Chickasha High School Seniors with college expenses.

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