Be a bright spot in the lives of clients undergoing cancer treatments with these tips on how to care for these customers, body and soul.
Beauty Bus provides free beauty and grooming services to chronically or
terminally ill men, women, and children and their caregivers. Beauty Bus recently began compensating beauty professionals for their time during in-home visits in order to shorten the wait time for clients and recruit more beauty professionals to join in the organization in fulfilling its mission.
Look Good, Feel Better
What it is: A non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. All volunteer beauty professionals are trained and certified by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association at local, statewide, and national workshops.
Service area: across the United States, plus available in many other countries (for a complete list, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/programs/international-programs)
More information: www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Beauty Bus Foundation
What it is: Its mission is to deliver dignity, hope, and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women, and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products. Volunteer training sessions cover Beauty Bus policy and history, the diseases the foundation services, and information on what to expect as a volunteer. Other recent educational events have included a session with nail tech and esthetician Karen Hodges, a cancer “thriver” who spoke about her research and experience from the perspective of both a beauty professional and patient.
Service area: in-home services in California’s Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties; one-time “pop-up salons” for 2013 will include Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Massachusetts.
More information: www.beautybus.org
What it is: It brings sparkle to the lives of girls with special needs or frequent hospitalizations by bringing the trendiest nail art parties to them, while teaching them the importance of hand washing to reduce infection rates and repeated hospital admissions. Volunteers as young as 8-years-old are accepted. Training in four modules — etiquette, hand washing, compassionate care, and how to polish — is provided to volunteers.
Service area: across the United States, plus Canada, Australia, Kuwait, and South Africa (additional volunteers especially needed in Atlanta and Kansas City, Mo.)
More information: www.polishedgirlz.org
The Mani-Cure Project
What it is: Started by a nail tech with a family history of cancer, it provides in-home nail services to women with cancer.
Service area: Chowan County, N.C.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com (search “East Coast Acrylic,” the name of founder Sam Rivenbark’s nail business)
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