Area residents of all ages are invited to volunteer at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Positions for volunteers are available in a variety of areas, including tutors, mentors and job coaches who can offer career guidance, as well as help with work readiness and literacy programs in the agency’s Career Center; art, music and dance teachers at the childcare center; food drive coordinators for the food pantry; help with client transportation; assistance with clerical and receptionist duties, and more.  Project Self-Sufficiency offers programs for low-income families who are seeking economic self-sufficiency and family stability. 

“Project Self-Sufficiency has depended on volunteers since its inception in 1986, and we could use them now more than ever,” said Deborah Berry-Toon, executive director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are in need of individuals of all ages to help us staff our office, mentor our participants, help with food drives, and coordinate programs in our childcare center.  There is something for everyone here, regardless of their age or level of expertise.”

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children while achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including more than 30,000 children. 

Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill St. in Newton.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or any of the programs and services available at the agency, call Project Self-Sufficiency at (973) 940-3500, or visit the agency website at