The Cinderella Project


“The Cinderella Project” to provide prom dresses to teenage girls whose families are financially challenged. We offer an alternative solution for many Washington-Metropolitan families for whom prom season can become a dreaded time as they try to decide between spending a lot of money on a beautiful dress or on household and other school expenses. Many teenagers today are being raised by single parents, grandparents, and others on a fixed income, prom season can be a stressful time.

We have partnered with local business owners, area schools, nonprofit organizations and individual sponsors within the Washington-Metropolitan area and as far away as South Carolina are supporting this cause. We set-up our Prom Dress Giveaways like a real department store with dress racks, a make-up counter, and an accessory department, and girls are given personal shoppers who create an extra unique boutique shopping experience for them.

Our goal is to provide prom dresses, accessories, including purses, jewelry, wraps, and shoes annually, and they are transformed into “Beautiful Princess.”  We believe that no girl should miss out on attending prom. It’s truly one of the most fascinating events in a girl’s life.


Prom Dress Giveaway Overview

With the practical philosophy that no girl should miss one of the most memorable times in a girl’s life, the Cinderella Project was developed to ensure that disadvantaged girls in Washington- Metropolitan area would not miss this rite of passage due to the economic situation of their families.


Description of Need/Expected Benefits:

The Cinderella Project, Inc. does not receive an adequate donation of, to repair and clean donated dresses, and provide climate-controlled storage for the clothes. Each year the needs of underserved girls increase and “The Cinderella Project” is challenged to provide more dresses and accessories to meet the increased demands.

Donation Needs/Criteria:  

We will accept new and gently worn prom-appropriate formal dresses (dry-cleaned preferred and on hangers), especially in sizes 16+.  In addition to prom dresses, we take business suits, wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, jewelry, handbags, hair clips, and shoes.

Services Needed:

  • Dry Cleaning Services
  • Catering Services
  • Alteration Services
  • Transportation & Distribution of Items
  • Printing/Banner/Window Signs

Gift Certificates:

We are also in need of gift certificates that we can pass on the girls.  Donated gift certificates will be given away at our Prom Prep Workshops and prom giveaway boutiques.

  • Dinner for Two (2)
  • Florist (corsages & boutonnieres)
  • Limousine Services
  • Hairstyling
  • Nail Services
  • Facial Makeover

Volunteers Opportunities

  • Accessories & Dress Sorters
  • Boutique Workers
  • Dress Collection
  • Personal Shoppers
  • Photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Marketing/Public Relations/Social Media Ambassador

For more information on how you can get involve or be a sponsor, please contact us!