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