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Haircuts for a Confident Community

Uncle Classic Barbershop

Written by Zac Cooper

Uncle Classic Barbershop has been chosen as the December Volunteer of the Month due to their Giveback programming, which occurs around once a month. Working off the clock, barbers will volunteer at local nonprofits such as Park Center Nashville, which empowers people who have mental illness and substance use disorders and Centerstone Nashville, which delivers community-based behavioral health care. These barbers deliver high quality haircuts and conversation to individuals in need.

Amy Tangsley, the founder of Uncle Classic Barbers, imbues her company culture with a healthy sense of community focus. Uncle Classic fits in the space between an old-school salon for women and a widespread chain that is indifferent to the local culture. Although Uncle Classic may look like a chain on the surface, it is rooted locally and engaged in the Nashville community.

“If you’re not intentional about your company culture,” she says, “it will create itself.” Amy has directed the culture to be more community and people oriented, as opposed to just taking in and churning out customers. She notes that there is a major difference in how she frames her work. She could say, “I own a barbershop and we cut hair.” This is true, but it ignores the fundamental aspect of why she works every day. Instead, she owns a barbershop and they take care of people. This mindset of taking care of others trickles through in each of Uncle Classic’s locations in Brentwood, Belle Meade, Cool Springs, Hillsboro Village, and Nolensville.

 

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photo-allison-sittingAllison showing the love letters written by volunteers
Photography by: William Fahrnbach Photography
Written by: Kingsley East

“I volunteer because I believe the meaning of life is to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Allison Plattsmier began volunteering when she was sixteen years old because she wanted to leave her imprint on the world. Since the day she realized her personal need to give back to the community, Allison has worked with a multitude of non-profits and volunteer organizations. Allison is the associate director for a non-profit called the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and she volunteers weekly through DoSomething.org.

DoSomething.org is a website that offers people easy access to volunteer opportunities based on their interests and availability. Allison tries to volunteer with one organization or event each week, where she creates a network of people who open the door for her to take new volunteer opportunities. Allison said, “I have learned the value of learning from people with a variety of backgrounds and gained the ability to work with many different personalities.”

Allison loves volunteering because she gets to impact her community and meet new people. Among the multitude of non-profits and events that Allison volunteers with, she also works with Doing Good. Allison is known at Doing Good as a proven, professional, and passionate volunteer. We are thrilled to recognize her as this month’s honored volunteer.