Project Prom works to make younger girls’ dreams come true

By Takia Simpson

Got prom dresses?

The NIU Women’s Resource Center is teaming with the NIU Honors Program to collect used prom gowns that will be donated to girls in the DeKalb community.

Project Prom will be collecting gowns in the Women’s Resource Center until Thursday. The gowns will be displayed in the Conexión Comunidad, 637 N. 11th St., which will be be transformed in to a boutique for teenage girls to come to try on dresses and receive them for free.

Junior nursing major Takia Matthews supports Project Prom.

“I’m going to donate [my old prom dress],” Matthews said. “I think everyone else should because that seems like a pretty good cause and I’m not using it anyhow.

Project prom will be accepting all dresses as long as they are in good condition. The gowns will be on display at the Conexión Comunidad, 637 N. 11th St., on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you are unable to donate a gown and are still willing to help, you can sign up to volunteer during boutique hours. To sign up, contact Project Prom coordinator Marina Salinas at 815-753-0320, or visit the Women Studies Center for more information.