YWCA Moms Night out
January 27, 2012 6-9
2820 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122
Seven Hair Salon donated a hair stylist who did consults for hair, helped women figure out what colors look best on them, and brought 30 bottles of nail polish for the Junior League of Seattle YWCA Mom’s Night Out. She also passed out cards for free hair cut and style at the downtown salon.
Seattle Executive Fitness and Spa donated a masseuse who did chair massages. Many women had never had a massage from a professional and enjoyed their first experience. The masseuse was busy the majority of the time, but when she was not busy she engaged the women as they were getting their nails done with shoulder massages.
Our fellow Junior League member, Christi Olson, donated non-slip headbands that she makes for her company ChicAthlete. The women loved them and a couple of them were wearing them over their hijabs. Other Junior League of Seattle members donated chips, croissant sandwiches, spinach rolls, bottled water, and cookies, which we all enjoyed snacking on while we did manicures and talked.
We spent about $100 for all the nail supplies (minus nail polish) which I let the YWCA women have at the end of the night. The Junior League of Seattle also provided music, which ranged from The Black Eyed Peas to Enya!
The women of the JLS painted nails while visiting with the women of the YWCA. About 12-15 women from the YWCA showed up. One of the JLS volunteers actually didnt get a chance to paint nails but she said she “had a great time talking” with the women and sharing stories.
One of the women we talked with was a woman who was 27 with 4 kids and was going to college to get her Sociology degree, and would like to go to law school. Two women had just moved here from Somalia and barely spoke English. One JLS member sat with them the whole time and I could see her using hand movements to communicate and you could tell the Somalian women were enjoying themselves. Another woman had a job interview the next day and wanted us all to help her pick out a color that would look good with her outfit. A grandmother told me she hadn’t had her nails done since last time the YWCA had an event like this, which was about 4-5 months ago.
I asked for feedback from the JLS women afterwards. I got nothing but positive reactions. Our members loved having interaction with the women they met at the YWCA. If the opportunity arose, they hope more women from the YWCA would come this event if it was offered again, which they probably will if we provide child care next time.
Quote from Nichelle “Essie reported that the Mom’s night was a huge success, yes numbers low, but your team’s down to earth and graciousness was such a blessing, and the mom’s really loved it. So way to GO!”