Together We Succeed

Together we can empower Orange County families to end their cycle of poverty. There are so many ways you can help.

How You Can Help

Project Self-Sufficiency uses a holistic model of providing financial assistance, case management and other resources to provide a path for a successful academic journey toward economic self-reliance.

Donate Money

Low income single parent students face much higher barriers to education than the general population. Finding money for tuition and books is just the beginning of their struggle. They need transportation to get to school, childcare while they’re in school, living and study space for themselves and their children, and extra help with day-to-day expenses. Your contributions can go a long way to reduce the barriers to PSS student-parents education. 

Donate securely to give a low-income single parent the advantages they need to complete their education. Use the form below to make a secure credit card donation or make checks payable to:

Project Self-Sufficiency

307 Placentia Ave., Suite 203,

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Your contribution to Project Self-Sufficiency is tax-deductible.

FEIN 33-0597719


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Donate Items or Services

Project Self-Sufficiency partners with local businesses to provide in-kind services and accepts items from the community to stock our supply pantry and provide holiday meals.


One flat tire or trip to the dentist can blow a student-parent’s budget for the month. If you are a dentist, automotive mechanic or other professional service provider, become one of our community partners by donating free or low-cost services to our clients.

Project Self-Sufficiency is able to offer a more comprehensive program as a direct result of generous support of local professionals like you.


This Holiday Season, open your heart in the true spirit of giving by adopting a PSS client family. We match sponsors with families in need to spread holiday cheer.

Holiday Gift Card Drive

Help Project Self-Sufficiency make sure that our clients’ children get at least one great gift this year by supporting our annual Holiday Gift Card Drive.

Donate Your Time

Support PSS by volunteering or participate in fundraising and other events throughout the year.


Our signature gala fundraising event,  Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Please is an evening of distinctive wines, decadent chocolates, and gourmet cheeses. You’ll enjoy live music, a silent auction, a bit of magic and an exciting, authentic live auction!

Scholarship Drive

February through May of every year is the PSS scholarship drive. These dollars insure that clients will have the funding needed to continue on their academic path to economic self-sufficiency

Girls Night Out

Get the girls together for a fun evening of food, wine, prizes and goody bags! Bring a gift card to donate and Affinity Jewelers will match all donations.

Giving Tuesday

As you do your Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping, don’t forget about #GivingTuesday! Anyone, anywhere, can participate and make an impact. #GivingTuesday

Lift Foundation Charity Golf Tournament

Join the Lift Foundation for a golf tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links every October in support of Project Self-Sufficiency.

Supply Pantry Drive

The PSS Pantry is completely volunteer driven and depends on community members, church groups and civic groups to sustain it. Want to get involved? Have a pantry drive and help our families in a very practical way!


June Recognition Program

Every year PSS awards scholarships to honor our amazing PSS clients and celebrate their amazing achievements.

Back-to-School Backpack BBQ

First Christian Church in Huntington Beach provides free backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies to all the children of our fabulous clients.

Thanksgiving Dinner at FCC

First Christian Church invites PSS families over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Each family is fed and then sent home with a box of food and a gift card.

Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday Party is a memorable event with a spectacular dinner, cookie decorating, prize raffles and a visit from Santa himself.

Our Community Partners

Project Self-Sufficiency owes much of our success to the commitment of community partners like you who see the value of education as a path to economic sustainability.

Project Self-Sufficiency collaborates with the community, civic groups, faith groups, private foundations and in-kind service providers that believe in our mission and stand with us to break the cycle of poverty in our community.

Project Self-Sufficiency

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Tax ID #33-0597719

307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203 Newport Beach, CA 92663

Located inside the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living


Project Self-Sufficiency

307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Phone: (949) 478-1914


Make a Donation


A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #33-0597719

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