The Temple is a proud contributor to Student Homeless Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP). SHIP is an organization servicing the local community of homeless students in the Frederick County School System. In 2014, SHIP organizers recognized an opportunity to provide basic needs to students after the discovery of a 12 year old middle school boy, living without parents, was approaching winter weather with broken down flip flops. This discovery just scratched the surface — organizers soon realized that he was just one of over 600 children within the Fredrick County Public School system experiencing homelessness.
As a Paul Mitchell Partner School (and just having a genuine spirit of giving), we know that giving back to the community is our rent for occupying earth. This past FUNraising season not only brought an infectious buzz of excitement to The Temple, but it also brought some funds to SHIP. This summer, Temple Frederick had the distinct pleasure of presenting a check to Ed Hinde, SHIP Executive Director, on behalf of our Future Professionals, Team and owners to benefit SHIP. Year after year, Temple Frederick participates in the national Paul Mitchell Schools network FUNraising campaign always making sure that we also give locally.
This year, we raised money by hosting our annual ballon drop, advanced education classes, spirit week, raffles and casual dress days. With these seemingly small events, we raised over, $800 to donate to SHIP.
We are so grateful for our Temple Frederick Team Members, guests and especially our Future Professionals for contributing to our global and local community.
The Temple Frederick, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, is included in over 20 Paul Mitchell Schools to wash and style wigs for EBeauty, an organization offering free wigs to cancer patients. Past cancer patients have donated their wigs to EBeauty, Future Professionals at Temple Frederick washed and styled wigs, then wigs are delivered to participating hospital partners for patients to select a wig of their choice. With Ebeauty hospital partners close to each Temple campus, school owners, Charles and Sharon Riser, will personally deliver wigs each month.
EBeauty founder Carolyn Keller, a cancer survivor, started the wig exchange program to allow other women with cancer diagnoses to still feel inspired and hold on to a sense of empowerment. Keller’s kindness has shared wigs with almost 30,000 women across the United States. Keller shares, “the primary goal of EBeauty is to provide all women, regardless of economic status or geographic location access to wigs.”
Paul Mitchell Schools offer robust educational opportunities to create excellent licensed cosmetologists while also creating responsible community leaders. In 2018, EBeauty partnered with Paul Mitchell Schools allowing campuses across the country to volunteer to share a piece of confidence with someone quite literally in the fight of their life. Temple Frederick immediately jumped on board with a dual purpose: serving the community and sharing wig maintenance education with all enrolled Temple Future Professionals. At the end of the lesson, each Future Professional wrote “love notes” to accompany each wig; one reading, “Soon when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad you never gave up.”
Always an example of kindness and an advocate of giving back co-owner, Sharon, shares, “We are excited to work with EBeauty because it allows our Future Professionals to apply what they’re learning at school while simultaneously making a difference in the lives of those facing the traumatic diagnoses of cancer.”
Looking at the month of February on a calendar always seems to draw your eye to February 14. We immediately think about that special someone and obsess over the most perfect gift to show just how much they are loved. With grand Valentine’s Day gestures being shared through almost every form of marketing, it’s easy to forget about how it feels just to receive a simple, hand made Valentine’s Day card. Caring Cards took a piece nostalgia to offer kindness to others that may need it the most.
Thinking back to time spent in Saperstein Critical Care Tower of Cedars-Sinai Hospital visiting friends, co-creator of ‘Caring Cards’ and Director of Shows for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Greg Bonhomme, remembered seeing patients without visitors. With this thought in mind, he suggested to his partner, Rabbit, that in leu of a lavish Valentine’s Day celebration, they spend time making Valentine’s Day cards to share with hospital patients. In 2017, the pair delivered 175 cards which was enough for every bed in Saperstein —with the goal eventually being able to share a card with every single patient in hospital care. Soon after, friends and family began to pitch in to create cards. From there, the word of kindness spread across the country encouraging schools and offices to jump on board.
When The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, co-owner, Sharon got wind of such a thoughtful initiative, it was a no brainer to get both Temple schools involved. Sharon shared, “Our school’s foundation is the culture. Having the ability to make someone’s day could mean giving to someone you may not even know”. Sharing the reason why Temple classrooms were transformed into a giant arts and crafts space, with The Temple Future Professionals made them even more excited for the opportunity to be a day maker. Instead of their normal canvas of hair, our Future Professionals thoughtfully crafted cards, with encouraging words to share with patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To be kind and to share kindness is a concept but when it’s believed and put into action makes it a lifestyle. Everyday, we are so proud of our Temple Team and Future Professionals for genuinely living the Paul Mitchell culture daily.
For the 4th year in a row, the Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School was thrilled to be a part of the annual Daddy Daughter Dance this past February at the Frederick Fairgrounds hosted by City of Frederick Parks & Rec Department.
Nearly 800 father/daughter couples attended the sold-out soiree where Temple Future Professionals provided nail services along with goody bags with Paul Mitchell samples and complimentary follow up discount cards.
The City of Frederick generously donates $350 to The Temple’s annual Paul Mitchell School FUNraising efforts that benefits 11 different non-profit organizations on a local and national level.
“This event was amazing for both me as a staff member as well as the Future Professionals that participated. Tons of fun for everyone! They were all outstanding and really made a difference for attendees. We always love making them smile!” said Liz Rapalus, Learning Leader.
Future Professionals taking part in our student run programs had the recent privilege of practicing their craft on visitors at the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter in Frederick, Maryland. Numerous haircuts were performed on the area’s homeless individuals during the team’s visit.
“We are incredibly proud of our Future Professionals tonight under the leadership of Learning Leaders Mandy Ward and Danielle West for giving back to those in need, said Sharon Riser Co-CEO. “We are so proud of how our Future Professionals conducted themselves and their focus and dedication.”