Tell us about your partnerships
Partners for third party events, volunteers and donations include AG Hair Cosmetics, Beauty Council, LuvNGrace Entertainment, Smell This Aromatherapy, Lord's Shoes, Blanche MacDonald Centre, Lush Charity Pot, Future Hair School, BC Hydro, Downtown Networking Association, Showoff 2012, Barre Fitness, JuJu Salon, Connect Health and the UBC Community Learning Initiative. The DTES Women’s Centre and the Public Library donate space. Our accountant donates his professional services. Girl Guides and Elementary and High students decorate and sew Christmas stockings for our participants
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
In addition to the Vancouver’s downtown eastside, Beauty Night also holds events in Surrey four times a year and has run pilot projects in Prince George. The purpose of these projects has been to assess what potential partnerships exist for us in those communities, and assess how the local population and organizations would receive our programs. Feedback was positive, and we continue to aim to expand beyond Vancouver
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Beauty Night’s welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to hear touching and inspiring stories from our participants make volunteering both fun and meaningful, increasing volunteer retention and recruitment. Our Executive Director effectively recognizes volunteer’s strengths and limitations, finding ways for a diverse spectrum of people to meaningfully contribute, feel included and feel appreciated. Thanks to this, our mission based management, and the engagement of our leadership in networking, Beauty Night has built a large network of contacts. This allowed Beauty Night to assemble the diverse expertise of its board, and function with only a single paid employee. More of our resources thus go directly to programming
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Beauty Night has a large network of contacts; we would be happy to help others connect and to extend our own connections. We’re also happy to share our ideas and experience with those who might benefit from them.