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“It’s about giving them the power to improve their lives, their businesses and their livelihood.”
– Lisa Fu, Program and Outreach Director, CALIFORNIA HEALTHY NAIL SALON COLLABORATIVE
As the next customer settles in to have her nails done, Amy Pham takes a deep breath. She couldn’t do that a year ago. The long hours she spent at her old nail salon meant prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals that led to constant sinus pain and nosebleeds. But since coming to Organic Nails and Spa Studio, where she is now a manager, she can breathe easy.
For 10 years, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative has helped salon owners and workers like Amy create healthier work environments. Lisa Fu, the Collaborative’s program and outreach director, believes the key is educating people about chemicals, safety and workers’ rights while advocating for state and federal policies that protect the health of salon workers, owners and consumers.
When the participation and potential of communities are fully engaged, democracy thrives. Civic engagement lies at the heart of everything CCF does, which is why we support organizations like the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative in their efforts to empower residents and communities to control their own destinies, benefiting everyone. This year, we granted more than $1.3 million to organizations and programs dedicated to increasing civic engagement throughout L.A. County, from the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization’s efforts to increase parent engagement in education funding and policy decisions to the Southeast Los Angeles Civic Leadership Academy leadership development and civic participation program for emerging leaders in eight Southeast L.A. cities.
Giving people the information and skills they need to impact their communities is at the core of Lisa’s work. “It’s about giving them the power and the choice to use different products that are safer,” she says. And it has a real impact on people like Amy. “Using natural products with less harmful chemicals,” Amy says, “is safer for me and my clients.”