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What does it mean to pay it forward?

At every Cinderella Project of Maine giveaway, we ask each girl who receives a dress to pay the favor forward by volunteering or doing something nice for someone else. Sometimes, even the simplest acts of kindness can end up meaning the world to someone. This year, to demonstrate the impact of paying it forward, we decided to take on a pay it forward project of our own, with the help of a few high school girls and some dedicated Cinderella Project fairy godmothers.

We learned about a group of girls in Venetie, Alaska (220 miles north of Fairbanks in the Arctic Circle) who when asked what they wanted more than anything, said a prom. None of them had ever had a prom before and when we asked if they were low-income, we received an amused chuckle and were informed that most of the village makes a living by hunting and gathering.

Since Alaska is outside of the Cinderella Project of Maine’s service area, we knew we wouldn’t be able to help directly. However, we did know a large group of great Maine high school girls who promised to pay it forward who probably could and they did. To those of you who helped get these dresses together, thank you, from here to Alaska and back.

To find out just how much these dresses ended up meaning to the teens of Venetie (with a total population of 163 according to the U.S. Census Bureau), check out the blog post below. It was written by a former Islesboro, Maine resident named Keely, who blogs her experience as a teacher in Venetie and explains what it’s like to live there, away from her parents who live in Belfast, Maine. Her parents and their neighbors also helped to make this happen, which just goes to show what awesome things can happen when everyone gets together to help. Keely has promised us pictures of the girls on their prom night, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for more!

To read about the girls’ reaction to receiving the dresses on Keely’s blog, click on the following link: https://chasingpiggens.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/prom-dresses/

Did you know it’s our 10th anniversary!?

10 Mar

The Cinderella Project of Maine has united over 1,200 girls with fabulous and free prom dresses, and thanks to the generosity of the community, we will be hosting our 10th giveaway in our Belfast location on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9am-3pm.

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The Cinderella Project of Maine was formed in 2006 and has held its giveaway in Reny’s Plaza for the last four years. In 2014, the project expanded to the Gardiner area and now services central Maine with its own giveaway. For years, new and gently used prom gowns have been collected from fairy godmothers all over the country. The gowns are given away to any girl in need- all totally free with one stipulation- we ask the recipients to “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.

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The Belfast 2015 giveaway will be Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 9am to 3pm in the Reny’s Plaza in Belfast. The Gardiner giveaway will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9am-2pm at Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner. Dressing rooms will be available to try on gowns, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process. There is absolutely no cost for any of the dresses, jewelry, or accessories. However, make sure you find us on facebook and rsvp to the event so we know you’re coming! Please spread the word to any and all high school girl in Maine who could use a dress this season.

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Although there are hundreds of dresses to choose from, donations of dresses size 12 and up are needed and very much appreciated. Dresses and donations can be dropped off at a number of sites around the state, please see http://www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org to find the one nearest you. Make sure to “like” our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cinderellaprojectmaine. Additional pick-up locations can also be arranged based on need. For more information please contact Tabitha Lowe at Waldo Community Action Partners, 338-6809 or tlowe@waldocap.org or Mandie Sawyer at mandiesawyer@gmail.com.
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What a day!! What a day!!

6 Apr

We had our 9th annual giveaway yesterday, and it was amazing! Thank you to all the volunteers, donors, and sponsors for making this happen, and thank you to all the girls and their families for joining us and making such a special day. Our Belfast location gave away over 160 dresses (final count still pending!) and we are so excited to announce that in just a few weeks we will be packing up shop and heading to Gardiner to do it all again! 

Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9am-2pm at Johnson Hall in Gardiner for our Cinderella Project giveaway round 2! This will be the last chance to get dresses for this year so please mark your calendars. We hope to see you there! In the mean time, please visit our facebook page to see photos from peek night and the Belfast giveaway. Visit www.facebook.com/cinderellaprojectmaine

Cinderella for a Day deadline extended!

17 Mar

If you missed our deadline, have no fear! We are extending the deadline to Thursday, March 20 at midnight. 

We are seeking one special young woman who exhibits our core value of giving back to the community to be pampered with a special day of prom-preparation. The girl who is chosen for this honor will receive: a donation to a charity of her choice in her name, a prom package including hair, makeup, and other prom related services, and first choice of all Cinderella Project gowns.

The winner of the Cinderella for a Day package will be someone who is a humanitarian, caring, and kind. She should be someone who gives back or contributes positively to her community (or plans to) and is a high school girl attending prom in Maine. An application can be found online at www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org. Applications are due by midnight on March 16, 2014.

 

We are expanding to Gardiner!

10 Mar

After eight seasons and over 1,000 new and gently used dresses “recycled” to new owners, the Cinderella Project of Maine is excited to announce expansion into the Gardiner area. Girls on the midcoast can still expect and receive dresses at our flagship location at Reny’s Plaza in Belfast, but there will now be a second give away in Gardiner this season as well.

The Cinderella Project will be partnering with the community of Gardiner to expand its reach to that area. Meg Gipson, a teacher at Gardiner Area High School will be spearheading the second site, dubbed “Cinderella Project of Maine at Gardiner”. According to Meg, “Gardiner wants to invest in the wellbeing of its young people, help them thrive, and give them the support they need to excel.  The Cinderella Project inspires giving, develops self esteem, and encourages paying it forward.  We want to create excitement around an amazing new-to-you gown while teaching financial responsibility to our high school kids.”

The Cinderella Project of Maine was formed in 2006 and has held its giveaway at the former Waltz Pharmacy building in Reny’s Plaza for the last three years. For years, new and gently used prom gowns have been collected from folks all over the country. The gowns are given away to any girl in need- all totally free with one stipulation- we ask the recipients to “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.

The Belfast 2014 giveaway will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9am to 2pm in the Reny’s Plaza in Belfast. The Gardiner giveaway will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street in Gardiner from 9am-2pm. There is absolutely no cost for any of the dresses, jewelry, or accessories. Dressing rooms will be available to try on gowns, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process.

Dresses and donations can be dropped off at a number of sites around the state, please see www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org to find the one nearest you. Additional pick-up locations can also be arranged based on need.  

The 2014 Giveaway is almost here!

23 Feb

The Cinderella Project of Maine has united over 1,000  girls with fabulous and free prom dresses, and thanks to the generosity of Reny’s, we will be hosting our 9th giveaway in our Belfast location on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9am-2pm.

The Cinderella Project of Maine was formed in 2006 and has held its giveaway at the former Waltz Pharmacy building in Reny’s Plaza for the last three years.  For years, new and gently used prom gowns have been collected from fairy godmothers all over the country. The gowns are given away to any girl in need- all totally free with one stipulation- we ask the recipients to “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.

The Belfast 2014 giveaway will be Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9am to 2pm in the Reny’s Plaza in Belfast. Dressing rooms will be available to try on gowns, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process. There is absolutely no cost for any of the dresses, jewelry, or accessories. However, make sure you find us on facebook and rsvp to the event so we know you’re coming! Please spread the word to any and all high school girl in Maine who could use a dress this season.

Although there are hundreds of dresses to choose from, donations of dresses size 12 and up are needed and very much appreciated. Dresses and donations can be dropped off at a number of sites around the state, please see www.cinderellaprojectofmaine.org to find the one nearest you. Make sure to “like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/cinderellaprojectmaine.  Additional pick-up locations can also be arranged based on need.    For more information please contact Tabitha Lowe at Waldo Community Action Partners, 338-6809 or tlowe@waldocap.org or Mandie Sawyer at mandiesawyer@gmail.com.

Cinderella Project of Maine Featured on USA TODAY

23 Apr

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