The non-denominational Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and The Ungroup Society are seeking donations of much-needed accessory items of shoes, purses, and jewelry and all size dresses for their 6th annual Prom Dress Give-Away event. The event will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Opportunities Auditorium located at 232 North Elm Street in Waterbury. At the event, young women-in-need may select a maximum of two prom dresses and accessories of choice.
“Once again, the Ungroup Society,” stated The Ungroup Society’s Prom Dress Giveaway Coordinator Rhonda Gatling, “is truly excited about this year's event and our deepening partnership with Acts 4 Ministry. As in the years past, we continue to appreciate Acts 4 Ministry’s offer to support this special event. We believe in our partnership to provide the young women with the full shopping experience of searching for the perfect prom gown.”
Through Friday, April 17, both organizations will welcome donations of accessories and dresses. They also seek either direct professional services of hairdressers and nail technicians or gift cards for the young ladies to receive these services.
“As we have each year,” stated Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, “we are in need of shoes, purses and jewelry and donations for beauty services or gift cards. Year-round we need dress donations that our organizations can re-purpose into specialty items. Because the Ungroup Society’s mission resonates with our organization’s philosophy to inspire acts of love, our organizations hope to make each young lady feel special and elegant on her prom night.
“In addition to providing complimentary dresses and accessories for prom night events,” Carabetta continued, “Acts 4 Ministry achieves our goal of meeting the daily needs of families and individuals who have been displaced from their homes by collecting and distributing, free-of-charge to recipients, clothing, housewares, and furniture. Each year we distribute clothing to nearly 6,000 people, and over 10,000 pieces of furniture and housewares, to people of varying income levels throughout the Greater Waterbury area.”
Ungroup Society Founder Warren Leach added, "Our organization was born out of the idea that a person need not belong to any particular religious order, specific organization or ethnic group to help serve the needs of others. Our members desire to be free of rules and regulations that sometimes hinder cooperation and divide different groups. Acts 4 Ministry is on a similar mission. They work to help all people, free of any judgments or requirements.
Both groups seek to be of service and to spread a good word both through giving praise and thanks for all while backing it up with actions. All to the Glory of God."
On Saturday, April 18, young ladies seeking dresses and accessories can go to the New Opportunities Auditorium at 232 North Elm Street in Waterbury between 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to select a maximum of two prom dresses and accessories at no cost.
Tax-deductible donations of accessories, shoes, dresses, and service provider gift certificates, etc., can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry’s building at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The retail store and donation center is open to the public Thursdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. For more information, call 203-574-2287 or visit https://www.acts4.org.