GlamourGals received an AARP grant, in effect since last fall, to fund our growing presence on Long Island. As a result, Long Island GlamourGals chapters have planned creative events to engage with senior residents.
Recently, the grant allowed GlamourGals chapters to create Valentines for seniors and throw Valentine’s Day parties for their senior homes.
GlamourGals National designed Valentine postcards to send to chapters so that volunteers could personalize them and give them out to residents. All Long Island chapters received the Valentines and distributed them at their February makeovers.
Northport High School’s GlamourGals chapter held a major Valentine’s Day event, spending the afternoon decorating their GG Valentine postcards and giving them out to seniors along with chocolates and, of course, hot pink manicures. Northport’s event was made possible by AARP funding and both seniors and volunteers enjoyed themselves.
Looking back on the event, Jackie, Chapter President of Northport High School’s GlamourGals chapter said, "Our Valentine's Day themed makeover was a huge hit! The women loved their chocolates and candy hearts, which matched perfectly with their freshly manicured nails. It was a makeover I will never forget."
The Long Island GlamourGals chapter at Bellport High School held a Valentine’s Day event for their seniors as well. With AARP funding, Bellport volunteers were able to buy supplies and craft homemade Valentines.
February also brought two new GlamourGals chapters to Long Island. Both Portledge High School and Hofstra University started chapters this year, expanding the GlamourGals reach. Hofstra University, sponsored by the AARP grant, is planning their first makeover as a joint makeover with another existing Long Island chapter, Sanford H. Calhoun High School.
AARP has also funded events held in other Long Island chapters, including Smithtown High School’s Christmas and Valentine’s Day makeovers, Southside High School’s Christmas party for their senior home, and Island Trees High School’s December MegaMakeover. Half Hollow Hills made cupcakes for their seniors this winter and Newfield High School celebrated spring with volunteer-made cards that they shared with residents.
Both residents and volunteers are grateful for these events, which were made possible by the AARP grant.