We continue our National Volunteer Week blog series by highlighting Barbara Justman, a Look Good Feel Better volunteer from West Bend, Wisconsin, who has been recognized with the 2016 Look Good Feel Better National Sunrise Award in the PBA-Certified Volunteer category.
Barbara Justman has been a committed Look Good Feel Better program volunteer for 28 years, a testament to her long-term dedication and selfless commitment to helping people battling cancer. An active member of the Professional Beauty Association, she currently facilitates Look Good Feel Better group patient workshops at two locations quarterly, along with offering one-on-one consultations. In 2000 Barbara was appointed to serve as volunteer Area Trainer, supporting certification trainings for new volunteers. A two-time cancer survivor herself, she volunteers so that she can help other women going through treatment.
We asked Barbara a few questions about her experience with Look Good Feel Better, and here is what she had to say:
What brought you to Look Good Feel Better?
I’ve always loved helping people; it’s in my DNA. So when I heard about Look Good Feel Better, I knew I had to get involved. One would think that I’d get tired of volunteering, but as the years went by, I loved it even more.
What has been your most memorable moment with Look Good Feel Better and why?
I’ve had many memorable moments. But there is one moment that constantly stands out for me. At the end of a workshop, when the women look at themselves in the mirror, they are all smiling because they can finally see themselves again for the first time in a long while. That moment is my favorite. It is a very special moment.
What is your favorite portion of the program? Is there a particular reason?
It’s difficult to call out a specific section of the program because I like all of them! It is very rewarding to be able to show the participants just how good and natural they can look with a little makeup and some kind of head gear.
Why do you continue to volunteer with Look Good Feel Better, or why would you recommend it to others?
After experiencing cancer the first time, I saw how important Look Good Feel Better can be for participants’ confidence. I’ve since had a second bout with cancer, but being around these women who are going through a similar journey lets me know that there is hope! I would definitely recommend it to ALL hairdressers and cancer patients!
Engraved awards generously provided by Plaques by Azra.