Back-to-school haircuts were a top priority for Watauga County students at this year’s Back 2 School Festival.
Thanks to efforts by members of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR) and volunteers from 15 area salons, 133 students received free haircuts at the event on Saturday, Aug. 13th. Additional students received gift cards for free haircuts, and more than 200 students received goody bags with hair care products.
The Women’s Fund has organized haircuts at the Back to School Festival for the past three years, asking hair professionals to donate an hour or two of their time to volunteer at the festival. The Watauga High School Cosmetology Department generously allows the Women’s Fund to use the professional training facilities for haircuts.
Stylists from the following local salons generously volunteered their time to provide free haircuts: Changes Salon, Absolute Style, Christy and Company, Canvas Beauty Bar, Appalachian Hair Salon, Circle A Family Hair Care, Shear Shakti, JC Penneys, and Holly Meyers.
The following salons donated gift cards, merchandise or donations for the Back to School Festival: Changes Salon, Haircut 101, Split Endz Salon, Signature Salon, Southgate Salon, Absolute Style, Bloom Salon, and Tommy Light Hair Studio.
Six girls decided to cut off enough hair to donate their ponytails to Wigs for Kids, an Ohio organization providing custom wigs to children with hair loss resulting from illness.
To volunteer for upcoming outreach events with the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, contact Women’s Fund Executive Director Karen Sabo at [email protected] or 828-264-4002. Volunteer forms are available on the Women’s Fund website, www.womensfundoftheblueridge.org.
About the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge
Our mission is to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the counties we serve. Through funding to local nonprofit agencies, we aim to be a philanthropic catalyst for all women and girls to have access to the resources they need as they strive to become empowered and reach their full potential.