With this past month being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it really got me thinking about doing my part. Doing my part to give back, to help others out with the skills I have and to make giving back a priority.
When we were younger, it was easy. In college, they required that we volunteer 10 hours a week for a cause we believed in. I spent those hours washing dishes a local homeless shelter, mentoring a girl in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, walking dogs at the local animal shelter, helping with warm clothing drives in the winter, and going on a few mission trips (see examples of these in a few hilarious throwback photos I’ve included!) Giving back felt good.
Now that it’s not in the required curriculum of life, I must say it’s a bit more difficult to give back. Luckily there are companies out there who are making it easier.
Hair Cuttery is gearing up for their Share-a-Haircut program next week. Since ’99, they’ve donated well over a million haircuts to those in need. On February 1 and 2, when you get a haircut, they donate one to a homeless person in our community through partnering with local shelters and community organizations! In the past, Hair Cuttery has supported lots of incredible causes like the American Cancer Society, Girls on the Run, The American Red Cross and The National Network to End Domestic Violence. With a focus on aiding the area’s homeless, this struck close to my heart.
You see, giving back to the homeless community has a special place in my heart. When I was younger, once a month our church would make bagged lunches and we’d deliver them to homeless in D.C. Doing this as a young person completely changed my perspective on others. Many of these people were veterans and people who'd lost their job in a rough economy. And especially in these colder months, life for them is no cake walk, friends. I want to do my part to make a difference and I love that Hair Cuttery does too. You can find out more about their Share-a-Haircut program here!