Sadly, NCJW and DHS have decided to cancel Project Prom this year due to COVID-19. The decision did not come lightly. Please see the press release below written by DHS and thank you for your support and understanding.
PITTSBURGH – In light of the recommendations by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), to minimize large gatherings in an effort to help stop the potential spread of COVID-19, this year’s Project Prom Gown Giveaway Days have been canceled. Project Prom is a partnership between the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to provide free prom attire to students.
Gown Giveaway Days were supposed to take place March 21 – 28. Organizers are disappointed but believe the decision is in the best interest of public health.
Project Prom will resume next year.
While there are still no presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County and there has yet to be community spread identified in Pennsylvania, there is increasing evidence in the U.S., the state and surrounding states indicating that local presumptive positive cases are likely to be detected in the near future.
For more information on COVID-19, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus. If you are not yet a subscriber to Allegheny Alerts, we encourage you to create an account and to subscribe for COVID-19 alerts under the categories of Health Department/Health & Environment. ACHD provides a daily update at 11 a.m. via Allegheny Alerts and additional notifications as information becomes available.
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 beginning May 1, 2020.
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.