"I can't remake their world, but I can help them along the path to remaking it for themselves"

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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - Pam Philipp is a woman who is dedicated, determined and a source of love and compassion for many young women in Minnesota. Along with her daughter Emily, Pam founded Operation Glass Slipper, an organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to deserving young women free of charge.

Pam believes that "prom is the social capstone of high school life and carries an extra dimension of recognition for students who have successfully struggled against all odds to get a high school degree. For children of the very poor, for girls whose parents have abandoned them, for victims of abuse and neglect, for pregnant girls and teenage mothers, for recent immigrants, for the disabled, for girls whose families have fallen on hard times...Operation Glass Slipper provides the apparel suitable for an event that marks the end of a crucial phase of their lives and the transition to adulthood"

Operation Glass Slipper was founded in 2006 and has continued to expand and grow to serve more than 1,000 princesses at their yearly Princess Event. This year's event was held at Southdale Mall in Edina on March 15-16. Over 600 volunteers participated in the event and helped to make it a success.

Pam and her team work year round to prepare for the annual Princess Event. If you are interested in supporting the mission of this organization you can donate dresses, shoes and accessories, volunteer at a princess or dress sale event, organize a collection drive or recommend a girl in need. More information about all of these opportunities can be found at Operation Glass Slipper.

Pam, like all of the past and present Eleven Who Care honorees knows that serving a community isn't about doing everything, but doing what you know you can do to make a difference.

While describing her work as a volunteer Pam states that this "is one thing I can do: I can enable them to feel good about themselves, to elicit a sense that they are worthy and valuable human beings, with the freedom to make a choice and the power to carry it out. I can, in a phrase, plant the seeds of possibility. I can't remake their world, but I can help them along the path to remaking it for themselves"

Looking for more ways to volunteer and empower your community? Visit HandsOn Twin Cities to find a volunteer opportunity near you.

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