Volunteers provide human-power to our various projects, events, office work, car and computer repairs, fundraisers, and pursuit our vision. Project Self-Sufficiency partners with over 100 volunteers annually to provide an average of 4,000 hours of service to the organization. Volunteers provide a wide range of direct and indirect support including car repairs, refurbishing donated computers, tutoring, clerical support, fundraising, career mentoring, holiday activities, committee service and more.

“The Participants are hard-working people who are focused on improving themselves and making life better for their families. I volunteer here because I get to do fun (geeky, technology related) stuff and be around such wonderful staff.”

– Davis Glasgow, Computer Program Volunteer

Friends of Project Self-Sufficiency

The Friends Group, formed in 2009, works to strengthen our families through direct fundraising efforts and supporting families throughout the year. Members meet every other month, on the second Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Realities for Children Home Base. The group contributes by:

  • Assisting staff at events and fundraisers.
  • Making sure Participants are remembered on holidays and their birthdays.
  • Contacting community businesses for donations to fill Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift bags.
  • Mini Masters Event – offering an annual morning of fun and miniature golf for families and their children. Seeking community sponsorships to underwrite event and donations to fill Participant goodie bags. Added donations support Cool Kids Fund.
  • Conducting a Holiday Plant Sale each fall to benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Serve on a Committee

Current Committee needs are:

  • Cars for Families Committee – reviewing applications from Participants and awarding donated vehicles.
  • Career Connections Committee – supporting Participants along the career path continuum including informational interviews, resume review, mock interviews, and career-field networking opportunities.
  • Donor Relations Committee – develops and recommends community fundraising and friend-raising activities. In team with staff, provides donor stewardship for current and prospective donors to build relationships.

Tutoring Program

Project Self-Sufficiency Volunteer Tutors bring the power of their knowledge to support Participants with their college coursework. Math tutors (Calculus, Statistics, etc) are in high demand, but we also need expertise in science (e.g. Chemistry, Biology), business, computer skills and other areas.


  • Competence in subject level being tutored.
  • Experience in tutoring or teaching desired.
  • Understanding of significant blocks to learning, anxiety and test-taking anxiety.
  • Willingness and patience to work with Participants at their level.

Tutors meet with Participants once a week and explain concepts, review homework, and prepare for upcoming topics.

Interested in tutoring? Please fill out the volunteer form below and we will be in touch.

Ready to Volunteer?

There are three ways to get involved. We will do our best to plug you in when and where we have opportunities:

  1. Contact us at 970.635.5912 or [email protected].
  2. Fill out the Volunteer form below with your skills and interests and we will contact you to discuss opportunities.
  3. Download the full volunteer application and email us and we will contact you.

Volunteer Interest Form

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