By Rebecca J. Barnabi
For Augusta No cost Press
HARRISONBURG — The Cinderella Challenge is coming home to a new castle.
In December 2020, alongside with other tenants, The Cinderella Task vacated the Staunton Shopping mall, and put dresses in storage in Waynesboro.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., supporters and volunteers are invited to an open dwelling of the new site at Valley Mall in Harrisonburg.
“It’s like a rebirth, a new commencing,” stated Kathe Morrison, president of The Cinderella Job. The nonprofit was grateful for the area in the Staunton Shopping mall, but the new place makes it possible for for a boutique.
Grant funding is building the go probable, but the shift to Harrisonburg signifies much more volunteers are wanted.
“It’s our Cinderella minute. We’re coming out of storage and we’re environment up the keep,” Morrison explained.
Before the open up residence on Wednesday, volunteers will have brought four 26-foot truck loads of garments from storage in Waynesboro to the Valley Shopping mall retail store.
Morrison explained the retail store site at the Valley Mall will bring the nonprofit more foot site visitors, as effectively as enable mom and dad much more choices although they hold out for their youngsters to store.
“We’re energized that we have a new site, and that we can get established up as soon as feasible,” Morrison stated.
For promenade upcoming spring, Morrison mentioned that pupils will be ready to check the nonprofit’s Fb website page for a QR code and use it to make an appointment.
“We’re energized, mainly because, of system, it is in a beautiful mall with a great deal of targeted traffic,” explained Rhonda Howdyshell, who founded The Cinderella Task in 2004 to provide college students in need of homecoming, prom and other formal occasion garments.
The nonprofit was in a 3,000-square-foot space in Staunton Mall, and is moving into a 3,500-square-foot room in the Valley Shopping mall.
The new house has a large storage space for attire, 7 dressing rooms and a 3-way mirror.
“This is the very first time we’ve had a three-way lighted mirror,” Howdyshell explained.
According to Howdyshell, the Valley Mall is central to The Cinderella Project’s service region of Harrisonburg, Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, Staunton and Waynesboro. The nonprofit serves 32 place large schools.
Howdyshell reported funding to go into the new retail store arrives from a $1,000 grant designed attainable by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. Funding to pay out rent in the Valley Shopping mall will come from a $13,000 point out grant from the Community Help Credits of the Virginia Department of Social Services. And the Valley Mall agreed to hire room to the nonprofit in the form of in-kind rent.
On Saturdays in September, in accordance to Howdyshell, The Cinderella Project will host “Our Limited Dresses” fundraisers. An overstock of dresses will be readily available for sale to the community, as effectively as for area college students making ready for this fall’s homecoming dances.
Anybody attending the open household or searching in the nonprofit’s new store is asked to have on a mask and social distance.
Volunteers are necessary at the Harrisonburg keep, and the nonprofit also welcomes donations of apparel, cash, and corsages from community florists.
“Anything that can aid,” stated Morrison.