Volunteer Spotlight: Hans Kalset, Metro-DC

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We continue our
National Volunteer Week blog series by highlighting Hans Kalset, a Look Good
Feel Better volunteer from Potomac, Maryland,
who has been recognized with the 2015 Look Good Feel Better National Sunrise Award in the PBA-LGFB
Certified Volunteer category.

Hans has been a
committed Look Good Feel Better program volunteer for 18 years. An active
member of the Professional Beauty Association, he currently facilitates more
than 18 workshops annually, along with one-on-one consultations, and supports
two annual certification trainings for new volunteers. Hans has influenced the
lives of women around the country, not only through workshops and trainings,
but also through his dedication to raise national awareness for the cause. He
has participated in photoshoots, video tapings, and “before-and-after”
makeovers for Look Good Feel Better promotional and training materials, as well
promoted the program through interviews for the local media.

We asked Hans a
few questions about his experience with Look Good Feel Better, and here is what
he had to say:

Q: What brought you to Look Good Feel Better?

Hans: I got
married in August ’98 and my father-in-law Eivind was very involved in Look
Good Feel Better. Once he introduced me to the program, I was hooked. Within
the year I was trained as a volunteer and immediately began dedicating my time
to the program and getting more involved. After 18 years, I still love it!

Q: What has been your most memorable moment
with Look Good Feel Better, and why?

Hans: My most
memorable moment with Look Good Feel Better is not just one moment; it’s a
collection of the moments that happen after the makeover is finished… seeing
their reaction to the transformation— the light in the participants’ eyes— as
they realize, “Wow, I can do this myself. I can look like this.” It is so
rewarding to know that the work you are doing can help these women feel good about
themselves, and can encourage them to leave their homes instead of hiding
because of their looks.

Q: What is your favorite section of the
program? Is there a particular reason?

Hans: My
favorite sections of the program are the eyebrows and wigs, because they are
always the sections the women are waiting for. These sections lead to that
“Aha!” moment. The moment women realize they can draw back their eyebrows or change
their look by simply putting on a wig – going from brown to blonde to red, then
finally finding the one that makes them feel like their true selves. That’s my
favorite part.

Q: Why do you continue to volunteer with Look
Good Feel Better, or why would you recommend it to others?

Hans: I
continue to volunteer with Look Good Feel Better because of the women. They
love the program and get so much out of it. It makes everything worthwhile for
me. I would recommend the program to others because time is the most precious
gift. Unfortunately, more and more people will be diagnosed with cancer each
year. By understanding how valuable time is and knowing how many people you’re
helping, you will feel so rewarded. I’ve enjoyed volunteering for 18 years, and
I hope to continue for another 18+ more!

 

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