“For both myself and my community, a single bottle of nail polish has lead to hours of bonding—hours filled with laughter, tears and countless lessons—and that’s the importance of GlamourGals.” —Sarah Sandler, Glammy Scholorship Award Winner, Chapter President
I’ve just recently heard about GlamourGals from Kelly at Goodsearch (more on them a little bit later). GlamourGals is a non-profit organization that hosts local makeover events at senior citizen homes in several cities across the country. They are devoted to alleviating the loneliness that is often associated with living at an eldercare facility. 70% of seniors residing in senior homes are women. 66% are widowed and 46% have no living children. As people age, the amount of meaningful contact they experience decreases.
GlamourGals has over 1,300 volunteers. These volunteers are bright, fashion-saavy, young women who give makeovers, manicures, and much needed companionship to the seniors. The elderly women in turn share their stories, while the young women learn leadership and communication skills.
I was inspired and touched to hear the ingenious way the GlamourGals Foundation helped to create and strengthen a lifelong bond between the two generations, as well as instilling compassion in its younger volunteers.
This Saturday, The Glammy Awards will be held at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York City. “The Glammys” is a pink carpet event to celebrate the entrepreneurial, young women making a difference in their communities. There are six individual award winners. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by the W.H.O. (Women Helping Others) Foundation.
This year, The Glammy Award Scholarship winners are Sarah Sandler from Sanford H. Calhoun High School, NY, Evan Millican from Mount Tabor High School, NC, Janice Hur from Island Trees High School, NY, and Mathis Yaeger from Sanford H. Calhoun High School, NY. The Daniel and Lucille Valerio Outstanding Volunteer Award will go to Jennifer Oberlander, Ardsley High School, NY and The College Chapter Glammy Award designates a $500 scholarship to Carly Roman, Chapter President, University of Pennsylvania, PA and $500 to her chapter.
If you can’t attend the event, you can still help makeovers happen with Goodshop. They have donated over $500 to GlamourGirls and will donate even more every time you shop at the participating stores on their website. These stores include Sperry Top-Sider, Banana Republic, and more. Just signup here and don’t forget to select GlamourGirls Foundation for your cause.