BALD GIRLS DO LUNCH INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: PO Box 9122 c/o Thea Chassin Scarborough NY 10510 USA

Mission: Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community. Since 2007, we’ve brought lunches, workshops and demonstrations to 60 cities in 25 states, and are connecting more women all the time. BGDL is the only non-profit specifically created specifically for women with alopecia areata, the autoimmune skin disease that stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. Alopecia can have a devastating effect on a woman’s self-image — but sitting around and wishing for a cure or treatment is NOT what we’re about! In addition to our lunches and events, we have an active blog and newsletter, and cosmetic line called Signature Collection. You can check them out at www.baldgirlsdolunch.org.
Results: Over 2000 women with alopecia areata receiving e-newsletter..... One-on-One makeup sessions with professional artists at BGDL Beauty Workshops in NY, IL, CT and RI...... Infographic: "Understanding the Lives of Women with Alopecia Areata"..... 3-time Gold Triangle Award winner from the American Academy of Dermatology..... "Virtual Lunch" - the only e-newsletter created for women with alopecia areata with outstanding open rates!..... Comprehensive weekly educational blog at blog.baldgirlsdolunch.org
Target demographics: Women and teen girls with any type and any duration of the autoimmune skin disorder, alopecia areata. We also assist women with scarring alopecias.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide USA, Canada and global
Programs: In-person workshops, meet-ups , social and educational activities to conquer the isolation experienced by women with alopecia areata. Our global communications, superb e-newsletter and in-person events for women bring true life changes. Care packages for the newly diagnosed include our very own Sleep-hat.....both a real and a virtual hug from the women in our network to our newly diagnosed "sisters".
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1 person found this review helpful

I'm so happy to have found Bald Girls Do Lunch! Thea's blog keeps me up-to-date on what's happening with alopecia research and reminds me that I'm not alone!

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Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch Non-Profit for women with Alopecia is a wonderful resource and advocacy group for women struggling with hair loss through alopecia. BDLG, through Thea, ensures that women receive the emotional, informational, and hands-on support we all need so desperately because of the loss of our hair. More than any other non-profit that serves women with alopecia, Thea and BDLG is truly a helpful refuge. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have immediately. Because Thea constantly reviews all new research and outcomes about alopecia, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how we deal with alopecia (i.e.: wigs, make-up, etc.), I look to her for information concerning "anything alopecia". Thea delivers to women what is true and what is hype, and she passes all current research and outcomes to us as soon as it is out there. There is no other group available where a woman can receive the compassion, emotional support, and knowledge about wigs, make-up, etc. we so need during our struggle with hair loss. Thea enables us to know that we do not have to face this struggle alone, which is priceless for us.

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A great organization, and one so badly needed ! For many years I have hoped some one would give all of us alopecia folks a voice...and finally someone did! Thanks so much for helping the old and new alopecians to cope and know that they are not alone!

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What a great thing that the bald girls among us finally have a forum, a support group, an ear to listen. We have needed this for many, many years. Thanks to Thea for having the courage and guts to start such an organization...so many people will no longer feel alone!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thea Chassin and her Bald Girls organization serve as a compassionate and ever-so-helpful resource and advocate for people like me.

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2014

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BGDL is a blessing. They share valid information honestly, promote health physically and psychological. Real information on how society views people with no hair and they are changing the world with awareness and accepting.

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Bald Girls Do Lunch provides a place like none other for women with Alopecia. It is impossible to explain to people who do not experience this illness and the feeling of talking to another woman who has been through exactly what you have been through is priceless. It has helped my self-esteem EMENSELY to be able to talk to other women with Alopecia and feel like I'm not alone. I gain support, info, resources and courage from BGDL.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase it's reach, size and numbers!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Bald Girls Do Lunch is a wonderful organization that supports women with alopecia. My time volunteering with them has been very rewarding because I have been able to see firsthand the positive community they have created to bring women with alopecia together. No other organization is dedicated to helping women with alopecia the way Bald Girls does, and I can't wait to volunteer again.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am very impressed by the multiple ways Bald Girls Do Lunch reaches out to the community. In addition to organizing special events and serving as an invaluable resource for information and support, BGDL also provides a vital service in educating the general public. The email newsletter is especially informative and well-designed. Thanks to Thea Chassin, countless people have had their lives changed for the better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thea Chassin is fabulous at bringing the Alopecia Areata community together. There is no resource anything like Bald Girls Do Lunch.

The BGDL newsletter is particularly informative and upbeat.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I volunteered at the last beauty workshop event and I would definitely volunteer again! The event was very well organized and I could tell that all of the women were having such a great time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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