Minnesota School of Cosmetology students and their instructor shared their cosmetology skills and passion for giving back by volunteering to give manicures for the residents of the Woodbury Senior Living Health Care Center. While lifting the spirits of the residents, the students also received hands-on experience to prepare them for their future careers in the salon industry.
According to the Woodbury Senior Living website, Woodbury Health Care Center offers residents advanced care in a comfortable setting. Many of these residents need round-the-clock assistance and medical attention. MSC students were able to provide a wellness-focused service to these clients while engaging with them in friendly, cross-generational conversation.
Kathy Dunleavy, campus director of Community Life/Recreation Therapy Services, praised the Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteers. She said, “[The students] did great. You all were professional and so kind to our residents. You were super organized. We thank you for your service.”
MSC student Cori Colling thoroughly enjoyed the experience, explaining, “It pleased me to be able to go [to Woodbury Senior Living] and give the seniors manicures. They were so wonderful and really seemed to enjoy their time with us.”
MSC instructor Tiffany Morvari was inspired by the event. She said, “Bringing our students to the Woodbury Senior Living facility was an uplifting experience for all involved. The students were able to connect with an older generation and make them feel good about themselves. The residents enjoyed receiving the hand and arm massage as well as choosing fun colors for their nails.”
This outstanding visit to Woodbury Senior Living was one of many that MSC students make. The students genuinely enjoy engaging with the elderly residents while also improving their cosmetology career skills.