One of the reasons you entered the health and beauty field, no doubt, is to help others.
A number of nonprofit organizations, geared specifically toward the health and beauty industry, can help you find the right non-profit for you to provide your esthetician services. Before making a decision on which organization to support with your time and expertise, you might want to evaluate any personal connections you have to a certain cause or condition.
Here are just a few of the programs you can join to use your skills to improve lives.
Look Better, Feel Better
Estheticians who have lost a family member or friend to cancer might want to consider offering their services to the Look Better Feel Better Program. After completing a four-hour training, volunteers are ready to conduct workshops for patients—both men and women—that include information about skin care and makeup as well as tips related to appearance. As the name of the program suggests, the idea is to help cancer patients look and feel better.
Makeovers That Matter
Estheticians who work in the Los Angeles, California, area might want to check out Makeovers That Matter, a nonprofit organization that provides hair, makeup and wardrobe counseling to female veterans and to women struggling to find employment.
Beauty Becomes You
Seniors living on low fixed incomes in the Atlanta, Georgia, area can receive hair, nail and skin care services from estheticians who volunteer through Beauty Becomes You. While boosting the self-esteem of these individuals is important, this nonprofit organization also aims to raise awareness and recognition for seniors, who the group calls our “National Treasure.”
Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
For esthetician Cara Paymaster, CEO, president and founder of Hope for Young Adults with Cancer, volunteering came naturally. She had volunteered for Look Better Feel Better as well as for other nonprofit organizations until, a little more than years into her career, some friends asked her to help launch a nonprofit specifically for young adults with cancer.
“They have very different needs and are very under-represented,” Paymaster said. “I jumped at the opportunity to stop volunteering here and there to do what I wanted and how I wanted for a cause close to my heart.
“At the time there was only one other organization doing what we do, but only if you were in remission,” she added. “We thought that would make things easier for us because there was a need, but it did prove to be very hard and daunting in the beginning.”
Determined to succeed, Paymaster stayed with the project, which has grown thanks to social media marketing and a grant program. All the while she continues to serve in a volunteer capacity, has maintained her esthetics practice and also works as a makeup artist.
“Helping cancer patients and their families has been extremely fulfilling because I see all of the hard work our whole team has put in and we feel like, ‘Wow, we did all of this!’” she said. “It wouldn’t be happening for these people if it wasn’t for us—and that is a very amazing feeling.”