The GlamourGals Foundation Volunteers Serve Seniors At Visions Services For The Blind And Visually Impaired
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2011)- GlamourGals “GG” proves once again that “makeovers and manicures are just half the story” as its program has broadened to serve blind seniors at Visions in New York City.
“As the GlamourGals program evolves, we have come to recognize that the power of our makeovers is far greater than beauty,” says GlamourGals Advisory Board Member, Caryn Zweig. “Through Visions, we have learned that the makeover was a vehicle to a very important component of our program: the personal connection. Dialog brings together two different generations for a meaningful experience.”
GlamourGals creates this meaningful experience by organizing teens into volunteer chapters who provide companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to seniors. During these makeovers, conversations of blush, nail, and lipstick colors turn into anecdotes of a senior’s childhood or discussion of the teen volunteer’s school activities.
GG volunteers are transformed by the makeover experience, inspired by dynamic stories, supported by their fellow peers, they gain a connection to another generation.
NYC Museum School’s Chapter President, Carina shares, “At Visions, I had an amazing experience. It was really fun painting nails. The seniors there are amazing people who are funny and easy to talk to. It feels good making other people laugh and smile.”
GG volunteers from both the Museum School and Hunter College continue to visit Visions on a regular basis.
Founded in 2000, GlamourGals is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit boosting the self-esteem of women young and old. This is accomplished through the creation of teen volunteer chapters who provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes. Teen volunteers are continually inspired and organized through a national leadership curriculum called Hot Pink Leadership. GlamourGals has 61 Chapters across 13 states that engage over 1200 teen volunteers to serve more than 2,000 senior women. Oprah Winfrey, The New York Times, and The Saturday Early Show on CBS have all commended the GlamourGals program. For more information, please visit www.glamourgals.org.
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