If you are in the Riverside County area and would like to volunteer with the Operation Prom Girl sisterhood, please fill out a volunteer form and like us in Facebook for streaming updates and information. Here is our February volunteer meeting flyer, monthly event planning meetings are mandatory if you will be working our 2019 “A Cinderella Story” dress giveaway event. We would love to meet you and share this exciting journey as Operation Prom Girl continues to grow!
For the first time, Operation Prom Girl has opened up an opportunity to participate in supporting our mission and our annual event by sponsorship. By forming a partnership with us, we all are winners! OPG is 100% volunteer-run and our annual dress event is always free of charge to high school girls with hardships and special circumstances . We expect Operation Prom Girl 2019~ A Cinderella Story~ to be our biggest event to date. We are blessed to be supported so that we can meet the needs of the event. It is so much more than a dress, it’s an experience….
Operation Prom Girl 2019 will be held on April 13, 2019 at Lakeside High School in the Inland Valley Empire of Riverside County. Any high school girl who has some type of hardship or special circumstance can qualify to attend our big event by filling out the form we will have available at this website when registration opens on February 1. This year we ask that our guests donate one or more pair of socks at the door to attend event. It’s a great way to encourage a pay it forward attitude and to be blessed by giving. Socks will be distributed to homeless through the new Socks4Souls Ministry.
This year’s event will feature a luncheon and dessert, amazing guest speakers, a fashion show, hair and makeup segment, prizes, community resources and guests, and of course a free prom gown and much more.
If you have a passion for our program’s mission and vision to help change the lives of young women in our communities and assist military and other women in need; if you want to help a girl get to prom and assist in the planning and execution of our Spring 2019 Cinderella-themed event, we have many areas of opportunity available to you. We are a sisterhood of volunteers and 1500 beautiful gowns. If you are committed to 2-3 hours per month and/or are a high school student in need of community service hours, come have coffee with Operation Prom Girl this November and get on board!
Our volunteer kickoff for 2018-19 is just around the corner. Our first volunteer meeting for 2018-19 season will take place on October 11 in the city of Wildomar, where Operation Prom Girl was founded.
OPG runs on 100% volunteerism and we need support! We have many exciting events as we move forward, as well as the founder’s vision for our program, which we would love to share with you .
If you can commit to just a few hours per month, we encourage you to complete our volunteer application on this site and come to our meetings which are held once per month.
All of our volunteers have special talents and gifts. Come see where you fit in! There are many opportunities to find your gifts and work out your purpose here at Operation Prom Girl where it’s “more than just a dress, it’s an experience…”
Operation Prom Girl SoCal, a free prom dress program founded in the Inland Valley Empire of Southern California had their annual event at the Elk’s Club in Wildomar on March 24.
The theme was The Great Gatsby and the itinerary for the high school girls in attendance hit the spot. Girls not only took a free formal gown (and in most cases, shoes) home, but were treated to a day program which included lunch, a dessert bar, vision/dream board workshops, photography, raffles, prizes, resources, referrals, and inspirational speakers.
Operation Prom Girl is more than just a dress- it’s an experience. The prom help is what draws the girls in , but unlike any other program, offers hope and empowerment through love and encouragement. The organization is also military friendly.
Operation Prom Girl SoCal also works with Operation Makeover, a glamour and photography service specifically geared towards female combat veterans and spouses of military personnel.
Jolie is a fabulous teen author who will be contributing regularly to the Operation Prom Girl blog and social media pages. The link to her book is listed below. Enjoy her works with us!
Jolie Brownell is a 17 year old high school graduate from Portland, Oregon who through her love of writing plans to change the world by empowering girls to love themselves, believe in themselves, and go after their dreams. Starting out as a guest blogger for All Women’s Talk and then moving on to write for the I AM THAT GIRL organization, Jolie has inspired thousands of girls with her messages and the sharing of how she found self-love.
Why is it that I have so many questions? Wheather they be big ones or small ones, I still seem to have many questions about life and myself. “Will they accept me for who I am?” “Should I be doing this?” “Will this dishonor my beliefs and disappoint others if I made this decision?”As teenagers and young adults we tend to have many questions. And I can see why! Being a teen/young adult can be a very difficult age, because we are no longer kidsn but at the same time we are not fully grown adults yet. This is the time in our lives to find what God truly has in store for us. To find who we are in His identity and put the ambition in our gifted passions. And as we explore, questions will be asked. We just want to make sure that we are on the right path. I can be very guilty of overthinking. In my life expereince so far I’ve learned that overthinking too much can lead to unwanted anxiety and depression. I had to learn that it is okay to not know every question. It is okay to fall apart sometimes. Falling apart makes us human and gives us the ablility to learn from our mistakes. No matter what age we are, we are still God’s children and He will give us the strength to guide us to where we need to go. So stop, take a breath and see where the path takes you. Life is too short to have that many questions, so go out there and have them answered by doing!
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall guide your path.” Proverbs 3:5- 6
(**Jessie’s Gems will be posted weekly. Jessie is an 18 year old Lake Elsinore High School, California graduate and a human trafficking/ women’s issues advocate who is in her first year of college. She currently volunteers with Operation Prom Girl organization and blogs once a week to share her thoughts and struggles as we believe the honest sharing of pieces of our own testimonies helps others to feel a bit of freedom and grace)
My name is Kaelin. I had the opportunity to attend Operation Prom Girl SoCal for the first time in 2017. I’m so glad I did. I was not feeling very well, spiritually and emotionally on that day. I nearly did not make it to the event. I called the founder on her cel phone, at that point the event had already started and girls were arriving. Dawn encouraged me to show up and that she would find me a ride. Reluctantly I agreed. I really wanted to show up but it felt like something was holding me back. Soon, Eleanor arrived at my home to take me to the Bridge Church where the event was taking place. This is only the beginning of my journey but I’ll tell you a little more about it.
My life before I came to know and trust in Christ was dark, scary, and horrible. I was confused on why the decisions in my life were made. I even questioned God and his power. I questioned him because I felt as though if he loved me why would he take away the closest people in my life. Why he was hurting me?
My life was frustrating and I was in a dark state of mind. Very dark. I came to know Christ through my friends not long ago. I thought it was time I forgave God and forgave the things that were wrong in my life . I reached out to my friend and began attending First Assembly of God in Lake Elsinore, California . I started in the youth groups on Wednesdays and I have grown ever since then.
I attended a camp with them which lasted from July 31- August 4 and never have I been more connected to God and never have my eyes been opened to love and understanding.
By committing myself to a Christian church and accepting God as my savior my life has been brighter and more happy. I smile more often and I know how to handle with situations better than before I started going to church. My life has changed ! I want to thank pastor Wyatt, the youth leader at First Assembly Of God in Lake Elsinore, for making this possible for me . I would also like to thank Operation Prom Girl for helping me and my family out when it came to our hardships and struggles especially after my mom passed away- and most off all for keeping a smile on my face when I needed it the most. They not only provided a dress, but also a photography package where I received Prom photos taken in Dana Point, Dawn did my make up, I received shoes, and my date also received help with a suit and prom tickets. It was a blessing.
I am so excited and on fire! I plan on becoming a volunteer for Operation Prom Girl and attending the first meeting of their new season very soon. I want to reach out to help others and continue to open up and share my testimony to benefit others with similar circumstances who are confused and feel like giving up. I want to become a speaker or a youth pastor someday. Dawn said I could start today because there are people that need help every day, everywhere. I’m so excited to see where my journey leads me.
Thank you Dawn for giving me the opportunity to share this testimony and to become part of Operation Prom Girl and a new journey in life .
*Operation is non- denominational and is not affiliated with any religious institution . All are welcome.
~Kaelin Whosoever *Operation is non- denominational and is not affiliated with any religious institution . All are welcome.