Giving Back with Free Haircuts & the United Way of King County

United Way of King County logo white on blue backgroundEarlier this spring, students and staff from our TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Shoreline, Washington, volunteered their time and skills at the United Way of King County's Community Resource Exchange. Powered by volunteers, this regular one-day event gathers the services and resources most valuable to those facing and experiencing homelessness.

It Takes A Village...

From health care and clothing to job training and housing referrals, the most recent Community Resource Exchange – held on April 29, 2014 in CenturyLink Field's East Hall – was overflowing with over 600 volunteers and almost 100 local service providers. These caring and skilled individuals were able to assist more than 1,500 people facing homelessness that day.

With community pride, outreach, and service being so near and dear to everyone at our hair design school (and the nationwide network of TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academies), we couldn't have been happier to lend our hands and skills with free haircuts.

When a Haircut Is More than Just a Haircut

As Jordan McKerney put it when recounting her time spent helping us at the haircut station, a haircut can certainly hold a certain transformative power. Whether it was helping an individual to look their best for an upcoming job interview or simply providing a fresh style to someone who may have gone years between cuts, happiness and confidence were the name of the game. A game we played for 5 hours and nearly 300 free haircuts!

From the Bottom of Our Hearts

Thank you, UWKC! We couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to volunteer our services at the Community Resource Exchange.

Thank you, students! We couldn't be more proud of your generosity and dedication in making this event such a successful one.

Want to Give Back to Your Community?

For upcoming volunteer opportunities, check out the events calendar of the United Way of King County! For more on a Seattle area cosmetology school that cares about its students and its community, schedule a tour of our TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy today!