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 in every imaginable color, size, and style, mostly brand new and from well-known designers. Volunteers help each young woman find her perfect dress and accessories, and shoppers are welcome to bring a friend or family member to share in the experience.
The 2019 Project Prom boutique served 312 teens, including 59 special-needs teens, with the help of 472 volunteers!
If you have a have a new prom, bridesmaid or formal gown (short or long, size 0-26) that would appeal to a 15-18-year-old, please consider donating it to Project Prom. We especially need size 16 and larger. Project Prom also accepts evening bags, jewelry, wraps and shoes. Items may be labelled for Project Prom and dropped off at Thriftique or at the NCJW office in Squirrel Hill (1620 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217) during normal business hours.
If you are a retailer or wholesaler and are able to make a donation, please call Thriftique to arrange for pick-up or drop off.
Financial gifts are also welcome.