At no time this year has a need to reach out and help your beauty colleagues been more apparent than right now. The PBA | NCA Disaster Relief Fund is actively accepting donations and reaching out to affected professionals in communities across the South and Midwest that have experienced absolute devastation this spring.
Hundreds of your beauty colleagues lost everything in the violent tornadoes that swept through seven states in April, the historic floods caused by the swollen Mississippi River still covering entire communities and expected to worsen, and a surprise tornado that leveled hundreds of homes and businesses just this past weekend in Missouri.
One PBA | NCA member in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of the hardest hit communities in the April devastation, whose family was spared and who is working to help her local beauty colleagues apply for aid, recounted her touching experience when a tornado narrowly missed her home.
My family was in the basement and the storm was headed straight in our direction… We gather in the bathroom and my daughter climbs in the bathtub. I have a sharpie in my hand and am about to write our SSNs on our arms, all the while thinking ‘who’s going to take care of my daughter if she survives and we don’t?’ and ‘can my husband handle burying both of us?'”
So far, the Fund has received nearly 30 applications and has dispersed over $10,000 in aid. But many more applications are expected as more and more professionals begin the long process of recovery. We need your support to continue helping those in desperate need of assistance.
Show Your Support
Show your colleagues in need that you care and are there to help them rebuild. There are several ways you can show your support:
- Make a tax-deductible donation to the fund. One hundred percent of donations go directly to helping beauty professionals recover and rebuild their homes and businesses.
- Spread the word to other professionals about the important work the Fund is doing and encourage them to tell others and make a donation.
- If you know someone affected, tell that there is help available and encourage them to submit an application for aid.
To further help professionals rebuild their businesses, all applicants receive a complimentary one-year PBA membership. It is our hope that the benefits of membership will help professionals rebuild their businesses and quickly recover from these devastating natural disasters.
About the NCA Disaster Relief Fund
The NCA Disaster Relief Fund was established in 1955 to assist salons in rebuilding following the devastation of natural disaster. Over the course of five decades, the fund has been there for professionals in times of dire need.