United Way of Erie County is partnering with local businessman Michael Hooks, owner of Michael’s Hair Salon and Organized Labor to hold two events aimed at assisting parents in meeting basic family needs and preparing children for a new school year.
The 2nd Annual Family Resource Fair will take place from 11am – 3pm on Friday, August 22 and is designed to connect parents in need with available community resources by bringing agency representatives directly into the neighborhood. Representatives from more than 45 agencies will staff information in the gymnasium of Pfeiffer-Burleigh School during the event.
The 2014 event will include an expanded array of health services including blood pressure screenings from the St. Vincent Mobile Medical Van, dental exams, vision screening from the Sight Center of NW PA, and depression screening from NAMI of Erie County in partnership with Safe Harbor Behavioral Health.
United Way of Erie County will encourage parents of children under 5 years of age to register their child for free monthly books provided through the Imagination Library. United Way will also distribute FamilyWize® Prescription Drug Discount Cards. First introduced at the 2013 Family Resource Fair, the FamilyWize card has reduced the cost of prescription drugs by $195,000 for more than 2,000 Erie County residents.
The Back to School Free Hair Cut Day, has become a tradition for Erie families. Now in its 9th year, Free Hair Cut Day will provide free haircuts and backpacks to 800+ children on Saturday, August 23 on the grounds of Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School, 235 East 11th Street in Erie. The event helps children to start a new school year on a positive note. Haircuts will begin at 9 AM with a staff of approximately 15 hair stylists including volunteers from Tony and Guy assisting Michael and his team.
“The Back to School Free Hair Cut Day is important in preparing our children for a new school year but it was clear that more was needed,” explained Michael Hooks, the founder of both events. “In the past, many parents approached us during Free Hair Cut Days looking for assistance in other areas. So we are bringing social service agencies to the familiar and comfortable setting of Pfeiffer-Burleigh School where parents can learn about possible resources for their families. We are grateful that the Erie School District is making Pfeiffer-Burleigh school available for both events.”
Both events are also being supported by the business community including UPMC Hamot, Organized Labor and Hooked on Books for Kids.