Cinderella Project of Maine sends a little warmth to Alaska

June 3rd, 2015

What does it mean to pay it forward?
At every Cinderella Project of Maine giveaway, they 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, WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine decided to take on a pay it forward project of their own, with the help of a few high school girls and some dedicated Cinderella Project fairy godmothers.
They 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, WCAP staff 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, they knew they wouldn’t be able to help directly. However, they did know a large group of great Maine high school girls who promised to pay it forward who probably could and they did.
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 Bangor Daily news article linked below. The article features a blog that 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.

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Win a chance to become the Cinderella Project of Maine’s first ever Cinderella for a day!

March 23rd, 2012

We’re excited to announce our first annual “Cinderella For A Day” drawing, to be held in conjunction with the 7th annual Cinderella Project Dress Giveaway on April 7, 2012!

This year, the name of a lucky girl from Waldo County will receive the royal treatment on prom day, including:

  • A free prom gown from the Cinderella Project of Maine
  • A hair up-do and makeup application by Makin’ Waves Salon
  • A Caribbean Glow spray tan from ME Hair Studio
  • Gel manicure and brow wax from Lisa Nichols Salon
  • A corsage and boutonniere from Holmes Greenhouse
  • Dinner for two at La Vida in Belfast

All of these local businesses have donated their services to help make one girl’s prom dreams come true!


In order to be eligible for the drawing, girls must receive a dress from the Cinderella Project this year and must attend a high school in Waldo County. Girls will be able to sign up for the raffle at the 2012 Cinderella Project of Maine giveaway on April 7th.


The Cinderella Project is an initiative of Waldo Community Action Partners, and strives to promote positive self-image among Maine high school girls. Gowns will be given away to any girl in need. They are all totally free with one stipulation, that girls must “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.


For more information, visit!

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Cinderella Project of Maine Launches New Website!

March 12th, 2012

The Cinderella Project of Maine, an initiative of Waldo Community Action Partners, has just launched a brand new website to kick off their 2012prom dress giveaway season!


The Cinderella Project of Maine developed out of something girls have been doing since they began wearing dresses to formal events. Girls want so much to look and feel beautiful on the one day of their high school prom–but do you know how much it costs? With new dresses, shoes and accessories (not to mention hair and makeup) averaging around $400-$500, this is not something that most girls can afford. So what’s their option– to not go at all?


No, because where there’s a wand–there’s a way.


In 2006, Mandie Sawyer met with two other women in Belfast, Jessica Jones and Martha Bjelland, who were trying to get this project off the ground. They recruited Amy Boucher and started soliciting dresses from everyone they knew. That first year, they had more volunteers than shoppers, but they still gave away 13 dresses. The next year in 2007, Jessica and Martha moved on from the project, so Amy and Mandie worked on recruiting new fairy godmothers to keep the Cinderella Project alive.


By 2009, Waldo Community Action Partners took on the project as one of its initiatives and the project grew to give away over 100 dresses each year to girls all over the state. This year’s giveaway will be held at the old Waltz Pharmacy in Renys Plaza in Belfast April 7, from 9am – 4pm.


To see their new website and to learn how you can help or be involved, visit

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The Cinderella Project: Wishing on a Star!

February 1st, 2011

Voting for Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More initiative has officially begun. What does that have to do with WCAP? Well, the Cinderella Project has been handed a little glass slipper—we’ve been nominated this year to participate for a chance to win $5,000. Last year, Bangor Savings Bank received over 85,000 votes from Mainers of all ages voting for the non-profit organization that they felt the most deserving of the prize money.

For those of you wondering what Community Matters More is, here’s how it works—6 non-profits from each of the 8 regions in Maine are nominated to be placed on the ballot. The non-profit from each of the 8 regions that receives the most votes will win $5,000. The best part? Just for getting on the ballot, Bangor Savings Bank gives each non-profit $1,000. Voting this year began January 24th and will close March 7th at midnight—how appropriate for a program called the Cinderella Project! Make sure to stop by a Bangor Savings Bank branch or visit WCAP’s administrative office to pick up a ballot to vote, or vote online at!

Why vote for the Cinderella Project? The Cinderella Project is funded solely by community donations and aims to boost the self-esteem and confidence of high school girls all over Maine by providing them with free and fabulous prom gowns, with the promise that they will pay the favor forward by doing something for someone else. Over the last few years, the Cinderella Project has given away hundreds of dresses to girls from dozens of Maine schools. Help us continue to instill a sense of inner and outer beauty in Maine’s young women. Where there’s a wand, there’s a way!


“This has been an amazing journey for me…as a teacher and as an individual!”
– Kelly Dombek Horton, Teacher

“Thank you to everyone who made my daughter feel like a princess today. When she couldn’t find anything that fit and was about in tears and ready to give up the volunteers came to the rescue finding many dresses to try on and found one that fit her just right. Thank you so much.”
– Jody Vigeant, Mom

“Congratulations…what a success this year! It brings tears to my eyes and I’m so happy that I got to be involved a few years ago when it was just a ‘little’ project.”
– Kris Foster Dean, Volunteer

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The Holiday Basket Project Needs Your Help!

October 28th, 2010

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