How to Start a GlamourGals Chapter

Photo by Maria Papp

Photo by Maria Papp

 

The GlamourGals network is constantly expanding. With 105 chapters in 16 states run by over 1,700 volunteers, this movement is drawing in many more individuals willing to participate in the ever increasing effort toward ending elder isolation and making a difference in their communities. One way to do this is to start a new chapter.

The idea of launching a GlamourGals chapter is exciting as well as intimidating.  There are so ,many questions to ask and somehow it seems like there aren’t enough answers. How do I recruit others to join my chapter? Which senior home should I visit when I host makeovers? Where do I even start? Don’t worry. We’ll help you get started, and we’ll will be there for you every step of the way.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to teach you everything you need to know about getting your own GlamourGals chapter up and running in no time.

First things first: what exactly is a chapter? Simple. GlamourGals volunteers each belong to different student-led service groups called chapters. Every chapter is comprised of around 10 volunteers. There are four leadership positions, which include president, vice president, public relations officer, and treasurer. The president “organizes events, mentors volunteers, and reports chapter activity on GGchapters.org,” while the vice president “assists the president, organizes chapter supplies, and plans a special event”. Additionally, the public relations officer is expected to “recruit volunteers, build local chapter awareness, and manage chapter social media” while the treasurer holds the responsibilities of “making sure the annual registration fee is paid, managing fundraisers, and promoting GG gear.” If you are a high school student, you will need to find an adult supervisor, perhaps a staff or faculty member at your school, who can support you throughout your journey.

Before you concern yourself too much with finding like-minded people to fill these important roles, you can first seek the help of GlamourGals National. Based in New York City, GlamourGals National is dedicated to helping you hone your leadership abilities, which the team believes you all have. As a result, GG National will help you every step of the way, from getting your chapter registered to preparing for your first makeover. Now that you’ve decided you want to start a chapter, you should to contact GlamourGals National here: https://www.glamourgals.org/contact/.

Next, every chapter will be sent all the cosmetic supplies they need for free upon request, including disposable applicators. Furthermore, mentorship is highly valued here. GG National takes the time to work closely with and monitor volunteer leaders to provide guidance in keeping chapters successful and sustainable through monthly emails and occasional mailings with updates and reminders, just to name a few examples. GlamourGals National also communicates with volunteers personally, through phone calls, text messages, and emails. If you’re near NYC, you might be interested in bringing your chapter to a series of events hosted by the GlamourGals National team throughout the year featuring mentorship opportunities, workshops, skill-building exercises, panel discussions, and more.

With that said, once you have assembled your team of 10 members, there’s some important information you need to remember. Your chapter must visit a senior home at least once a month - although you’re welcome to go more often that - to give senior citizens manicures and makeovers. You also need to hold meetings on a regular basis and register and track chapter activity on the official GlamourGals volunteer website, GGchapters.org. This site isn’t only for simplifying the method of tracking volunteer hours, however. It contains unique volunteering journals from actual GlamourGals. What makes this special is that GlamourGals National reads these journals and helps volunteers resolve problems, recognize successes, and come up with amazing events. Resources for giving makeovers, connecting with seniors, and applying for awards given to  passionate volunteers such as the Glammy Scholarship Award and the Intergenerational Service Award - and recommendation letters are available too!.

As you have probably already concluded, starting a GlamourGals chapter is not as complicated as it sounds. When it comes down to it, all you need is motivation, inspiration, and compassion to begin making a change in your community one makeover at a time.

-Sherah Janay Ndjongo, GG Intern

GG National