The annual Back-to-School Fair sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency offers parents the opportunity to network with local agencies and to learn about services available to themselves and to their children.


The Fair is open to active Project Self-Sufficiency participants who are currently striving towards economic self-sufficiency and family stability, and who are in on-going contact with their Case Manager.

Active agency participants who attend the information sessions at the Back-to-School Fair, and who take advantage of the networking opportunities provided there, are eligible to receive free haircuts and school supplies for their children.

Project Self-Sufficiency relies on local businesses and individuals for the donation of new school supplies, such as:

  • crayons

  • glue sticks

  • loose leaf paper

  • erasers

  • scissors

  • pens

  • pencils

  • spiral notebooks

  • backpacks

Local social service agencies, health organizations and safety personnel are on hand to offer tips for a healthy and safe school year, including representatives from, but not limited to:

  • American Red Cross;

  • Care Plus NJ;

  • Caring Partners, CMO;

  • Comfort Partners;

  • Connect for Community;

  • DASI;

  • DAWN Center for Independent Living;

  • New Jersey Department of Child Protection & Permanency - Sussex;

  • Disability Rights New Jersey;

  • Family Connections;

  • Family Intervention Services;

  • Family Partners of Morris and Sussex;

  • Family Promise;

  • Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey;

  • Hardyston Special Education Parent Advisory Board;

  • League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands;

  • Legal Services of Northwest Jersey;

  • Literacy New Jersey – Sussex County Programs;

  • Local Share/Foodshed Alliance;

  • Garden volunteers at Project Self-Sufficiency;

  • Morris Sussex Youth Advocate Program;

  • NAMI;

  • Newton Medical Center Health Education;

  • New Jersey Cancer Education & Early Detection Program (NJ CEED);

  • New Jersey Comfort Partners Program;

  • NORWECAP Child & Family Resources;

  • Partnership for Maternal and Child Health;

  • Planned Parenthood;

  • Project Self-Sufficiency;

  • SCARC;

  • Shop Rite of Newton;

  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network;

  • Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center;

  • Sussex County Community College;

  • Sussex County Division of Health;

  • Sussex County Division of Social Services;

  • Sussex County Library;

  • Sussex County Public Health Nursing;

  • Sussex County Special Child Services;

  • Sussex County YMCA;

  • Sussex Macaroni Kid;

  • Zufall Health Center;

  • United Way of Northern New Jersey;

  • and others.

Local stylists volunteer their time to give children free haircuts so that they will look great on their first day of school!

Participating salons have included:

  • Becky's Hair Therapy

  • Chalet

  • George Michael

  • Hair Gallery

  • His 'n' Hair

  • Salon Bella

  • Salon Bleu

  • Salon di Panache

  • Salon Fig

  • Salon Serendipity

  • Salon Unique

  • Scissor Joint

  • Total Image

  • Village Mane

To make a donation, or to find out more about the annual Back-to-School Fair, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.

Free Back-to-School Fair Prepares Families for New School Year