Mission Statement

To provide a safe environment for all girls and women to discover their identity in Christ.

MUTUAL Girls Club of Bartlesville, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. MUTUAL’s purpose is to promote religious, cultural, and educational programs to minister to the religious, spiritual, and physical needs of the residents of the city of Bartlesville and the surrounding area. This takes place through the operation of MUTUAL Girls Club.

In 1964 a group of Methodist women created an organization called MUTUAL (Methodists United To Use Applied Love) with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of girls and women in west Bartlesville by starting an after-school club for girls.

Epworth Girls Center opened in a church basement with 15 junior high girls meeting three days a week. Although guided by a part-time director, women volunteers took the lead role in conducting, supervising, and financially supporting the program. After briefly meeting in an empty school building, in 1970 the name MUTUAL Girls Club was adopted, and elementary-age girls began attending. Expanded five-day-a-week after-school and all-day summer programs began, and many varied types of programs and activities for children, youth, and adults took place during these years.

MUTUAL’s current facility was completed in 1992. Eventually, the majority of participants became elementary-age girls, and club transportation began serving all schools in Bartlesville plus routes to Dewey and Osage Hills. Recognition for academic, attendance, and service achievement was initiated, and more employees began carrying out the program. Today MUTUAL continues its mission by striving to keep up with the times and ever-changing interests and needs of girls and women in the Bartlesville community in order to offer relative programs.

Early on it became apparent that MUTUAL needed other ways to generate operating funds. The use of a small residence was donated to MUTUAL in the early 1970’s and was transformed into The Little House, a volunteer-run thrift shop selling donated merchandise and open for business on Tuesdays. Later it moved locations, grew in size, and was known as the Bargain House. Two building expansions later and another name change in 1991, today Tuesday House is a large and popular resale business and a significant fund-producing branch of the MUTUAL organization. Press here to visit Tuesday House!

The MUTUAL Gold program is offered in schools during the regular school day. This program is specifically designed to help girls develop a healthy self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect while also helping them discover and reach their full potential.

The program initially began as an after school program for Middle School girls the fall of 2014 and was housed at East Cross United Methodist Church in Bartlesville. The following year, Mutual Gold had the opportunity to introduce the program to 2 elementary schools in Bartlesville. Gold began that fall working with 60 - 5th grade girls for the 2015-2016 school year. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Gold program expanded to serve 5 schools in 3 school districts, working with 410 girls in 4th-8th grades. Gold has since added Dewey Elementary 5th grade and Madison and Central Middle Schools for the 2017–2018 school year. Mutual Gold currently serves over 350 girls in 8 schools, grades 4th through 8th. Teaching girls they are “Worth More Than Gold” is at the heart of the program.