Mission & Vision
GlamourGals inspires and organizes teen volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women in senior homes.
We are creating a movement of compassionate teen leaders working to end elder isolation.
Need & Impact
GlamourGals provides a reciprocal sense of purpose to two generations in a fun, engaging way. For students, it provides the opportunity for personal growth and community leadership. For senior citizens, it brings conversation, compassion, and connection.
GlamourGals is teaching the next generation that one small act of kindness is enough to make a connection and brighten someone's day.
By volunteering, students can develop leadership skills, build meaningful relationships, feel a deeper sense of connection with their community, and learn the value of being compassionate.
Listening to the stories of seniors in their communities allows students to break out of their comfort zones, receive valuable insight and perspective, and gain a new appreciation for an older generation.
Senior care should not be limited to food, shelter, and health services. Community connections are also a necessity.
Currently, 3.3 million seniors live in senior homes across the U.S, and over 50% do not have any close relatives to visit them.*
GlamourGals volunteers provide seniors with a restored sense of dignity through personal attention and the warmth of caring touch, as well as the opportunity to share their stories.
Rachel Doyle founded GlamourGals in 2000 as a junior in high school in memory of her grandmother, who had recently passed away. The first GlamourGals makeover took place in Commack, New York with only three volunteers.
While in high school, Rachel operated GlamourGals as a local community service project. After receiving national press attention from the New York Times, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the CBS Early Show, hundreds of people reached out to Rachel through her newly created website, GlamourGals.org. In response to this overwhelming interest, Rachel began helping other students create GlamourGals chapters in their own communities.
GlamourGals was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2002 to create the structure needed for its continued growth. That same year, the annual GlamourGals Leadership Training Institute and the Glammy Awards were created to bring together the diverse and growing base of GlamourGals volunteers.
In 2005, GlamourGals created the first version of GGchapters.org, an interactive volunteer website used to manage chapters around the country. Today, GGchapters.org is an essential tool GlamourGals volunteers use to post events, track their hours, journal about their experiences, and chart their impact.
The first college chapter was established in 2008 at Vanderbilt University, in response to the demand of GlamourGals volunteers graduating high school who wanted to continue volunteering. GlamourGals continued to expand nationally as more and more people found out about its mission through speaking engagements, press, word of mouth, and partnerships with other service organizations. By 2009, GlamourGals had grown to 46 chapters in 16 states.
In 2015, the Women Helping Others Foundation awarded GlamourGals a transformational grant that allowed the creation of 30 additional chapters and secured the resources GlamourGals needs for a more sustainable future.
Today, there are almost 100 volunteer chapters in high schools and colleges across the country. We hope you will get involved with GlamourGals and help us continue to grow.
GlamourGals is always looking for organizations and individuals to partner with. If you, your organization, or your corporation are interested in supporting the GlamourGals mission, please contact us directly.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marisa Kabasinskas, Chairwoman
VP Global Head of Business Transformation and Operations Management, Interpublic
Susan Schulz, Secretary
Writer / Editor / Content Strategist, Independent Consultant
Saralyn Doyle, Treasurer
Retired Elementary / Special Needs Teacher
Rachel Boyens, Director
Founder and CEO, GlamourGals Foundation, Inc.
Allison Hyers, Director
Vice President, Talent at West Elm
Gail Lamchick, Director
Attorney, Law Offices of Boris E. Efron
Joshua Wise, Director
HR Manager of eCommerce Retail, Walmart & Jet.com
Andrew H. Tisch
Co-Chairman, Loews Corporation
Chairman and CEO, Progressive Financial Services
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Chief Financial Officer, GE Water and Power
Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Vice President, Optimum Life, Brookdale Senior Living