Beauty For Good: Helping the Unemployed in Your Community

I subscribe to a free e-newsletter from the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas  (NAEFSS) called “One Green Thing.” The president of the organization, Tamara Jercha, began a recent newsletter by explaining the three “E”s of sustainability:


> The first “E” is the economics/profit side of sustainability.


> The second “E” has to do with the environment/planet side of sustainability. 


 > The third “E” is the equity/people side of sustainability.


The third E, she says, involves giving back, either to an individual, your community, a national cause, or all three.  She offered some ideas on how you can practice the third “E” of sustainability to help unemployed individuals in your community.


> Offer a free class for styling and make-up application appropriate for a successful job interview.


> During the class draw names for free services such as haircuts and manicures.


> Get the community involved; hold a “cut-a-thon” and offer to match money earned to provide free haircuts for unemployed job seekers.


> Ask your vendors for support in the form of free trial-size products. 


> Partner with local businesses to create a “Get Hired” event.  Maybe the human resources manager at a local bank can offer free interviewing advice; a local clothing store can offer advice on dressing and accessorizing for successful interviews; and of course your salon or spa can offer grooming and make-up tips.


— Judy


Beauty for Good spotlights beauty products, services, and events that benefit a good cause. To be considered for this column, leave a comment below or e-mail details to features editor Judy at Judy.Lessin[at]



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