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These Connecticut organizations are helping students find a dress for prom

Organizations across Connecticut are helping high school students who will be on the hunt for the perfect dress.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Before we know it, prom season will be here. It's bound to be bigger than ever since the pandemic hindered many nights to remember over the past two years.

This means high school students will be on the hunt for the perfect dress. Many dress drives across Connecticut are making sure those students can participate without having to worry about the cost to dress up.

And those who have celebrated prom in the past might have their dress sitting in their closet. This may also apply to bridesmaids of weddings past. Now is a good opportunity to help today’s students by donating any unwanted dresses and accessories to a prom dress drive.

Below is a partial list. If you know of any organizations running any prom attire drives and giveaways, let us know by emailing newstips@fox61.com.


Organizations with dress giveaways

Waterbury Youth Services

After a hiatus due to COVID, PromProject is a go this year for Waterbury Youth Services.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Students will have access to a wide selection of free prom dresses, men's formal wear, and accessories.

Students can sign up by calling Waterbury Youth Services at 203-573-0264 and asking to sign up for a time slot. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

Students unable to attend the event are asked to contact WYS to schedule an alternative date and time.

Credit: Waterbury Youth Services

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Cornerstone Foundation

The Cornerstone Foundation is holding its 2022 Prom Boutique at The Clothing Bank on 1C Prospect Street in Rockville. Dresses, tuxes, shoes, and accessories are available.

The boutique hours are:

Friday, April 29 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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West Haven High School

West Haven High School seniors are invited to register for the Westie DRIP Project. Students can register here.

Learn more about the West Haven High School Cheer team's prom drive here.

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Town of Southington Community Services Department

Southington residents looking for a prom dress can go to 91 Norton Street in the Plantsville section of town.

They are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 860-628-3761.

The section of the building was previously known as Kristen's Kloset.

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Project Hope CT

Project Hope CT is helping students in the New Haven area find the perfect dress and getting it dry-cleaned at a lower price with coupons to Atiana’s Boutique and Executive Dry Cleaners.

The coupon for Atiana’s Boutique on 1571 Boston Post Road in Milford will give customers 10% on prom dresses from the spring 2021 season as well as prior seasons, starting at $99. The offer is valid from March 12 through May 14.

The coupon for Executive Dry Cleaners on 351 Boston Post Road in Milford is good for dry cleaning any prom dress for $18.99 plus tax. This offer is valid from March 12 through May 14.

Download and print the attached flyer below or through their Facebook post.

Credit: Project Hope CT

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Organizations accepting donations of new or gently used prom dresses


Waterbury Youth Services

Donations of prom dresses, men's formal wear, and accessories can be dropped off at the agency Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Anyone with questions in regard to Prom Project can call Waterbury Youth Services at 203-573-0264 and ask to speak with Rasheeda.

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Cornerstone Foundation

The Cornerstone Foundation is holding its 2022 Prom Boutique and is in need of donations.

Donations can be dropped off at 3 Prospect Street in Rockville Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There are also donation boxes outside the door.

They are looking for the following donations:

  • Gently used prom gowns
  • Long or 3/4 length evening dresses
  • Tuxes
  • Evening shoes
  • Evening purses
  • Shawls
  • Jewelry
  • Makeup

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West Haven High School Cheer team

Donations of dresses and tuxedos are being accepted through April 3 at West Haven High School, located at 1 McDonough Plaza.

Town of Southington Community Services Department

The Southington Community Services Department is taking donations for prom attire to have on hand for Southington residents in search of a prom dress.

Prom attire can be dropped off at 91 Norton Street in the Plantsville section of Southington. Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-628-3761.

They also take new or gently used clothing year-round.

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at lmyers@fox61.com.

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