Greene County Barber Provides Free Haircuts to Job-Seekers
A Greene County business owner is lending a hand to people trying to make their way back into the workforce.
Shawn Harvey is giving away free haircuts. Friday, Harvey has been offering up half-priced haircuts for the community as a thank you. However – every day the free haircuts are available to those on the job hunt.
It's all in an effort to make job applicants more confident and ready to go for their big day.
Harvey wants to help the community one hair cut at a time. He has teamed with Greene County's Economic Development Office to give away free haircuts.
"They will get a voucher and they can come and get a haircut and you know go to that job interview that they're trying to get and hopefully with a nice fresh haircut they'll get the job," said Harvey.
Here's how it works: People go to one of five different organizations sponsoring the free haircuts and pick up a voucher. From there, they go to In the Kutt for the free haircut.
Trone Frey says he already has a job but it's still important to stay groomed.
"When I do my estimates I want to look fresh. I want to make sure that everybody know he's a clean cut guy so my jobs look like the way I look when I leave," said Frey.
Harvey is giving each organization five free haircut vouchers to give away each month.
Tony Williams, Greene County's director of economic development, says it's a great way to give back to the community.
"With doing those types of things it really does make a difference in the community when they see that folks that are part of the community in the business world are really wanting to reach out to folks that may be struggling in some façade," said Williams.
Harvey says a fresh haircut helps improve confidence and that is important for any job interview.
"You know the first impression is a lasting impression so, I guess they want to look good, feel good and hopefully, like I said, at the end of it they get their job," said Harvey.
The six participating organization organizations are:
Skyline Cap, Inc.
Greene Alliance of Church/Community Efforts, Inc.
Department of Social Services
Greene County Parks & Recreation
Greene County Technical Education Center
Chameleon Silk Screen Company
Greene County Economic Development Office Press Release
STANARDSVILLE, Virginia [March 20, 2013]: The County of Greene Economic Development office announces local barbershop, In The Kutt, will host a customer appreciation day on March 29 from 10-7 pm and on March 30 from 8-4 pm. at 15 Ford Avenue in Stanardsville. In The Kutt will offer half-priced haircuts, free refreshments and free t-shirts to patrons while supplies last.
In the Kutt is a local barber shop that has been opened for five months during which time the owner, Shawn Harvey, has been fostering community relationships to help the locals finds new jobs. "My goal is to foster employment opportunities within the county by helping men and women afford a professional appearance", says Harvey.
In The Kutt has partnered with five local organizations to provide free haircuts for men in transition back into the workforce. In addition, Harvey is sharing his barber knowledge and techniques with students at the Greene County Technical Education Center.
"New business in Stanardsville is always good for the community, but business with a great heart is even better", says director of Economic Development, Tony Williams.
Following are the list of local organizations partnering with In The Kutt: