LifeBridge AmeriCorps has 70 members serving across West Virginia. Our members provide direct service to ensure that the education and health and human service needs of vulnerable and at risk individuals, children and families throughout West Virginia are being met. In addition to meeting the critical needs of individuals and families, members provide services within their communities through service projects, clothing closets, food pantries, and after school programs. AmeriCorps members receive extensive training to meet community needs and to meet their own personal and professional goals.
Our members can serve in any community in West Virginia. If your organization is a non-profit providing direct services in the areas of education or health and human services, we would love to partner with you to improve services to vulnerable and at-risk individuals and families in your community.
“This morning one of our neighbors was injured when she opened her refrigerator and had the crock pot that was stored on top of the refrigerator fall and conk her on the head. Being on blood thinners she developed a lump on her head and several cuts on her arms. She called Lorraine and I for help. Having the CERT bags in the car we were able to bandage her cuts and used a bag of frozen peas from her freezer to control the swelling. Thank God, we had the first aid kit in the CERT bag, because we couldn’t find a bandaid at Maxine’s house. Yes our CERT bags are perpetually in the car with us.” - Brenda
American Red Cross in Cross Lanes has a volunteer receptionist vacancy. Coverage needed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, full time or part time. Lisa Mullenax 304-340-3650 x1061.
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When a woman has cancer, she has to deal with not only the physical and emotional trauma of the disease itself, but also the debilitating effects of cancer treatment on her skin, hair, nails and general appearance. The war against cancer is one of the most life-altering challenges a woman will ever face; how much easier it might seem if she is at least winning the battle to retain her physical appearance and self-esteem. Licensed beauty professionals (cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians) from all parts of the country are using their skills and positive energy to make a difference in these women’s lives. Working with the Look Good…Feel Better® (LGFB) program, specially trained licensed beauty professionals (cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians) help women with cancer rescue their appearance and self-image from the ravages of cancer treatment by teaching them hands-on beauty and skincare techniques.
According to the American Cancer Society, one of the program collaborators, there are a number of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows, or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate.
Imagine a woman you know—a client, friend, or family member—is diagnosed with cancer. On top of the daily grind of career, home, children, and community duties and now a major health problem, she looks in the mirror and sees a tired, discolored reflection. She rubs a finger across a memory of thick, black eyelashes and wonders if the rest of her thinning hair will “disappear” as well. Although temporary, these side effects can be devastating. Patients who have participated in Look Good…Feel Better® call the program an emotional lifesaver.
As a licensed cosmetologist, you can help by becoming a certified LGFB volunteer and facilitating one 2-hour patient session per month or quarter. Small group sessions, offered at hospitals and community settings, include make-up, skin, and nail care techniques. In addition, patients learn how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans and scarves.
Founded in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the Look Good…Feel Better® program is offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association. The program does not endorse any particular products, manufacturers or salons, and classes and materials are provided free of charge.
The American Cancer Society offers a free 4-hour Certification Class for licensed beauty professionals (cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians) who wish to join LGFB as a volunteer. The next training date is July 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm - BECKLEY American Cancer Society office.
For volunteer or patient information, call 1-800-395-LOOK (5665), 1-800-ACS (227)-2345, or your local American Cancer Society offices: Charleston 304-347-5850; Huntington 304-523-7989; Morgantown 304-296-8155; Parkersburg 304-422-1472 or Beckley 304-252-5521