Giving back to those starting outSeptember 3, 2019
At 15, Dawn Williams was the Hair Station’s first receptionist. Today, she is the Fremont salon’s owner.
“I like the customers and the women I work with,” she said. “I don’t feel like it’s work.”
In recognition of the community’s support of her business and knowing how difficult it can be to start out as a stylist, Dawn began to think of ways to help graduating cosmetologists from the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center. When she and her daughter Morgan heard about the build-a-fund program at the Community Foundation, it seemed like the perfect fit.
“I was surprised that you don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a fund,” said Dawn. “The Community Foundation made it easy for us.”
Along with staff and clients, they created the Hair Station Fund and an annual award that will help new cosmetologists pay for expensive state tests and equipment like scissors and clippers that most salons do not provide.
“It’s a huge hurdle when you’re just starting out,” said Morgan. “We’re hoping this can help offset that.”
In addition to creating a fund, Dawn added the Community Foundation to her estate plan and became the very first member of the Our Next 75 donor group.
“I remember times when I needed help and didn’t have anyone to turn to,” said Dawn. “So I’ve always felt strongly about giving back. I think if everyone was a little more giving, the world would be a better place.”
“It’s like a domino effect,” said Morgan. “If you’ve been helped, you want to help someone else.”