August’s Charity of the Month:
Scanlon’s Traveling Salon
Scanlon’s Traveling Salon is run by Eileen Scanlon, a fellow New Yorker whose mission is to cultivate a community based on kindness, respect and equality. Eileen has been a NYS Licensed Cosmetologist for 30 years and has worked with corporate America, non-profits, academia and local grassroots organizations.
In 2010, Eileen began volunteering a considerable amount, offering free haircuts to people in need. Eileen felt so overjoyed by helping those in need look and feel beautiful for free while working within various types of socio economic communities that she eventually began her very own traveling salon. With its catchy slogan, Where Style Comes To You, Scanlon’s Traveling Salon now serves an abundance of people across Long Island.
As a licensed hair professional, Eileen has a following of paying customers, but her real passion lies with helping those who are not able to afford a haircut or hair process. Sometimes, something as simple as gaining a new look can help a person feel better about him or herself and gain confidence again. Eileen generously and freely gives people that opportunity.
Some of the communities that Eileen serves are: the home confined and vulnerable, hospice, group homes, sober houses, assisted living communities and those who are differently abled. Eileen is very dedicated to The Emergency Shelter of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch, where she provides her services for free to their residents when they are open in the winter months. She always travels to her customers so they can enjoy her services in the comfort of their home or living space. Her goal is to provide each and every one of her clients with a warm, happy, positive and empathetic experience before, during and after each visit. She also incorporates her love of social justice and advocacy into her business practice by using only vegan products!
Eileen is in need of a hair stylist who specializes in ethnic hair to volunteer with her organization (scheduling is flexible). Also, if your non-profit is interested in bringing Scanlon’s Traveling Salon’s services on board to help your clients in need, the opportunity is available. Please contact Eileen today at 516.477.0469 for more information. Also, visit her website at www.ScanlonsTravelingSalon.com and her FaceBook page to learn more about all she does!
“While recently confined to a physical rehab facility, I had cause to call upon Scanlon’s Traveling Salon. Best hair decision ever. (Worst hair decision ever: My 90’s mullet.) Not only is Eileen a consummate professional, her bubbly personality took a mundane task and made it a genuine pleasure. I only use her now and enthusiastically recommend her to everyone.” – Tom Ryan
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