Project Prom

Every spring, thousands of teens across the country celebrate a rite of passage: the high school prom. Sadly, many teens miss out on this experience because their families simply cannot afford it. More than a decade ago, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) stepped in to help by creating Project Prom. Through the efforts of DHS and the generosity of individuals and retailers, Project Prom enables eligible teens to shop for free prom gowns, shoes and accessories. In 2017, NCJW joined forces with DHS to operate Project Prom at Thriftique in Lawrenceville.

The Project Prom boutique offers hundreds of gowns and other prom attire in every imaginable color, size, and style, mostly brand new and from well-known designers. Volunteers help each teen find their perfect outfit and accessories, and shoppers are welcome to bring a friend or family member to share in the experience.


Want to help?

If you are a retailer or wholesaler and are able to make a donation, please contact Meredith Brown, Director of Community Service and Volunteer Engagement at to arrange for pick-up or drop off.

Financial gifts are also welcome.