Visitors who have forgotten their swimming suit, need another bath towel for the beach at Wallowa Lake or extra dishes for camping, or who just love to shop for collectables and browse second hand stores should plan a stop at the Soroptimist Thrift Shop in Enterprise.
Located in the basement of the Odd Fellows Hall next door to the city library on NE 1st Street, a half a block north of Main Street, the thrift shop is only open Mondays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month) and Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
The thrift shop is run entirely by volunteers of the Wallowa County Soroptimist club, a nonprofit service group. The shop was started in 1957 to fund local projects and has served the public in many ways and in several different locations.
There is always something new at the thrift shop. Out-of-town visitors are always welcome.
The thrift shop is the major fundraising project of the local Soroptimist group, which is part of a dynamic, worldwide, diversified service organization for business and professional women. The name Soroptimist is coined from the Latin words soro and optima, meaning "the best for women." Soroptimist was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California.
The shop exists to help the community, fund Soroptimist scholarships and needed community projects, as well as to assist those who otherwise would have difficulty providing clothing for their family. It also serves as a social outlet for some customers and a training facility for special education students.
The major yearly projects undertaken by the Soroptomist Club include scholarships for graduating seniors attending college, women of Opportunity Award (head of household with dependents returning to college), Violet Richardson Award (recognizing high school students for their volunteer activities), Votec Scholarships for graduating seniors (vocational schools), free mammograms (based on need with no insurance), Fishtrap Friday College, Community Connections senior meals, the local food bank, Safe Harbors (domestic violence shelter and counseling) and many others.