Nearly New Shop volunteer Amy Knight is framed by lights as she has her hair cut and styled by Straight Up Salon hairstylist Zack Savage during a morning of pampering on Wednesday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Straight Up Salon hairstylist Nicole Avery washes Nearly New Shop volunteer co-ordinator Enid Graham’s hair. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Straight Up Salon nail technician Morgan Rutledge gives Nearly New Shop volunteer Janice Jones a manicure. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
A Brandon salon recognized and rewarded a group of local volunteers this week for their community efforts.
On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, stylists at Straight Up Salon volunteered their services and treated 29 Nearly New Shop volunteers to a couple hours of pampering.
Enid Graham, one of the shop’s volunteer co-ordinators and member of the Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary, said she was excited after hearing about the salon’s plan to give back to local volunteers.
"It’s wonderful," Graham said while getting her hair cut by Straight Up Salon stylist Nicole Avery. "It’s just awesome."
Volunteers were treated to free tea tree massages, haircuts, blow-dries, mini manicures, and mini facials as a way of giving back to them for all the time and money they have donated to the hospital, Avery said.
"Because they have so many volunteers that volunteer all their time and their money to the hospital in one way or another, we are giving back to the hospital," Avery said. "Nobody has tried to give back to the volunteers before and I think they are very valuable to us.
"Everywhere needs volunteers and you don’t ever hear of people giving back to them."
Graham, who has been volunteering at the Nearly New Shop for nine years, said all the proceeds go toward buying new equipment for the BRHC.
"The hospital gives us a wish list of what’s necessary that is above and beyond the hospital’s budget," she said. "Everything is running smoothly and if we need volunteers, people are there to jump in and help."
Recently donated funds have gone to purchasing new chairs for patients on dialysis, and they are currently in the process of buying new mattresses that help prevent bed sores for those in need of long-term care.
With the help of 85 volunteers, all kinds of donations are dropped off and purchases are being made on a regular basis at the shop located at 601 Ninth St., Graham said.
"There’s a large turnover, we get a lot of new clients coming in," she said. "It’s nice to meet the new people and ask them where they’re from and it’s interesting because we get so many unusual items."
Avery said she’s hopeful the salon will be able to provide local volunteers with free services at least twice a year from now on. To register a volunteer group or organization, contact Straight Up Salon at 204-729-8228.
"Just in general we as a salon want to give back to the volunteers of Brandon," Avery said. "That’s our goal."
A number of the salon’s representatives also donated prizes and gift bags for the volunteers to take home.
As much as she enjoyed her day at the salon, Graham said volunteering isn’t something she’ll need a break from anytime soon.
"At work, I feel pampered," she said. "The time just disappears. It’s not like work."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 9, 2014