The celebration of the holiday season invites reflection and the setting of new intentions for the upcoming year. As we reflect on 2011, we are filled with gratitude for all of our supporters and volunteers and for the tremendous progress we have made with their help. This has been an exciting year of growth and we want to share a few highlights with you. In our first year of incorporation, we have:
Formalized our organization
It’s official! In January, we filed for incorporation. Soon after, we formed a passionate team of board officers and committees who created a strategic plan for our growth in the coming years.
Partnered with DC schools:
We teamed up with DC schools to engage students in a meaningful community service project.
Introduced a new program
We initiated our Almost-there! Wigmaking Program, where volunteers partially complete wigs to later be personalized by the women and children undergoing chemotherapy.
Designed a neutral wig series
We created a new line of natural color wigs, to add to our vibrant color palette, for our adult clients looking for a unique look in a flattering, neutral tone.
Expanded our reach
We are now giving wigs directly to applicants who found us via word-of-mouth, Facebook and our website, indicating that our reach is spreading beyond our previous hospital-centered programs.
In other exciting news:
Kate Pierson, of The B-52s, showed her support for HFfH by modeling HairFlair wigs.
- HFfH launched its first fundraising campaign with StartSomeGood, which raised our visibility to new audiences and earned much needed financial support. We thank our Founding Supporters for their support and have recognized them on the Honor Wall of our website located at: http://hairflairforhope.org/?page_id=559.
- The Hope Operas, a theater based charity project, raised funds for HairFlair for Hope.
Moving into the new year, we have big plans on our agenda which include:
- Filing for official IRS nonprofit status (501(c)3) which we hope to receive in 2012.
- Expanding our Wigmaking-in-School program by bringing our crafty workshops to more schools, to help more students reach their community service hour goals.
- Bringing our Almost There! wigs and workshops to local cancer treatment centers.
As we move forward with our plans, we are also reminded of the importance of our services. Sadly, we learned of new cancer diagnoses in our own community which only reinforced our mission. Our dear friend Crystal, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, had this to say about her involvement with HairFlair for Hope: “When HairFlair for Hope started making whimsical and vibrant colored fantasy wigs, I thought it was a wonderful way to bring some joy to women and children dealing with the trauma of hair loss and I became a financial supporter and volunteer. I never thought that one day I too would need their help. Recently, I went to buy a wig for myself and found the selection to be quite limiting. I ended up with a wig that was the closest to my natural red hair, but still looked pretty ugly. I was comforted to know that I could also have a wig from HairFlair for Hope to wear when I want to have fun.”
If you would like to further our cause of improving self-esteem and bringing joy to persons facing the indignity of hair loss, we hope you will consider HairFlair for Hope in your end of year giving plan this holiday season. We can use your support in any of the following ways:
- Make a financial donation to HairFlair for Hope. Contributions can be sent via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by check (made payable to HairFlair for Hope, Inc.) to Sherri Sosslau, C/O HairFlair for Hope, at P.O. Box 7660, Washington, DC 20044-7660.
- Suggest a sponsor or host site for future wig-making workshops, such as a high school, Girl Scout Troop or local business.
- Share your expertise, including the much needed skills in fundraising, accounting, legal, knitting, crocheting, graphic design and/or web design.
- Connect HFfH to press opportunities to help us expand our reach in 2012.
- Donate yarn, by de-stashing your fabulous yarns for a great cause. We are currently accepting bulky yarns (homespun, boucle, chenille, etc…) and novelty yarns (sparkly, fluffy, pizazzy).
- Spread the word about HFfH on your blog or Facebook Wall and visit us on Facebook, Twitter (HairFlair4Hope) and our website at www.hairflairforhope.org.
At the close of our first year, we feel blessed by the support we’ve received and the growth we’ve made thus far with our team of volunteer superstars. We look forward to sharing more successes with you in the future as we move upward and onward. We wish you the very best during this seasonal time of thankfulness and gratitude.
Your friends at HairFlair for Hope