[Enid, OK] – Park Avenue Thrift is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations who serve Enid and offer quality-of-life benefits to our community for its 2022 grant cycle. Applications are due by March 25, 2022. 

Park Avenue Thrift is an Oklahoma 501(c)(3) that exists to strengthen the Enid community and serve others by collecting donations, running a top-notch thrift store, and giving the proceeds to Enid nonprofits that invest in quality-of-life initiatives.

“We are looking forward to another wonderful year of giving in 2022!” said Stela Jantzen, Park Avenue Thrift Executive Director. “In 2021 we were able to give to more organizations than we have ever given to before thanks to the record-breaking support from our community through shopping and donations. We are hopeful to continue this growth in 2022!”

In 2021, Park Avenue Thrift gave grants totaling $353,335.67 to 30 different organizations including: 4RKids, Atelier, Bennie’s Barn, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Cimarron Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America, Compassionate Quilters, Emerson Middle School, Enid SPCA, Enid Symphony Association, Fling at the Springs, FLY Film Festival, Furever Friends, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Garfield County Master Gardeners, Gaslight Theatre, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Junior Welfare League, Kinder Konnection, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid, Loaves and Fishes, Main Street Enid, Monroe Elementary, Northern Oklahoma College Foundation, OHAI, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, RSVP of Enid, Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Youth and Family Services, and YWCA of Enid. Each of these organizations or projects help fulfil Park Avenue’s mission of providing funding to improve Enid’s Quality of Life.

Additionally, Park Avenue sponsored several events at a total of $14,897.48 in 2021. Park Avenue gave $10,283.70 towards 46 different Enid Public School classroom projects through DonorsChoose and issued $4,661.50 through vouchers with their PAT Voucher Program Partners.

In total Park Avenue Thrift gave back $383,178.35 in 2021 which brings their total giving since 2007 to $3,372,180.74. 

A new addition added to Park Avenue’s Grant Application just last fall will continue to be on the application in 2022: Environmental Sustainability. This category will award ideas which impact the environment and human well-being by change, for a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future for everyone.