CMP 2018 Campaign for Self-Sufficiency

For more than 45 years, CMP has been proudly serving the immigrant and low-income community and helping them toward gainful employment or become self-employed. Every year our Campaign for Self-Sufficiency raises funds to directly assist more than 3000 individuals in getting job skills trainings, work readiness sessions, job placement services, or small business startup seminars and assistance. With your help, our 2018 Campaign for Self-Sufficiency is aiming to raise $50,000 to continue and expand services to the greater community.

Here are the impacts you can bring:

  • $1,500 will help 1 low-income individual learn new job skills and become a certified nurse aide.

  • $1,000 will help 1 unemployed individual learn freight forwarding operations and practical computer software skills to become a freight forwarder.

  • $700 will help one entry level worker improve their employability by learning QuickBooks and basic computer skills to  become a bookkeeper.

  • $500 will help 2 new immigrants enroll in a 12-weeks English class and achieve 1 level of  educational advancement.

  • $300 will help send 1 aspiring entrepreneur to a 10-weeks Small Business Boot Camp.

  • $150 will support 1 non-English speaker to attend a 6-weeks business training course in his/her native language.

  • $100 will help award 2 young Chinese School students for their hard works and achievements.

    Imagine the impact you can bring !

Here’s Yu Lin’s story: it offers a window into how difficult it can be for a new immigrant to develop the strength to obtain economic self-sufficiency in this new land; and how CMP helps him through it.

 Yu Lin

Yu Lin

When Yu Lin arrived at CMP in 2011, he’s been in the U.S. for only a week. Amidst being a new immigrant facing loneliness, helplessness, and fears, in 2011 Yu attended the Out-of-School-Youth (OSY) Program at CMP where he received training in job readiness, English writing and reading, math, and computer skills.  CMP encouraged and assisted him to prepare for college admission. Equally important was that he got to know many good friends and started to build his social and support network here.

In 2012, CMP helped Yu successfully enroll in college and helped him get his first summer job.  In 2016 he graduated from Baruch College with an accounting degree and passed all CPA tests in 2017. He is currently working at Oppenheimer & Co. as a Staff Auditor.

At the same time he is also a Master’s candidate at Baruch College. Upon his graduation in 2019, he will be able to obtain his CPA license and become a Certified Public Accountant.

CMP really has helped me to become a contributing member of this society. As a new immigrant, I used to live under the roof of my relatives and depended on them financially. While I have been grateful for their help, I am now so proud to have become economically self-sufficient. For new immigrants, there is nothing more important than helping them to make a living and feel self-worthy. I am forever grateful to you, CMP!
— Yu Lin

The 2018 Campaign for Self-Sufficiency needs your support to continue to provide key services to the low-income individuals and immigrants like Yu Lin. 100% of your contribution will go to direct services.





BOC Updates


CMP held a workshop on Work for Yourself@50+ on Wednesday, September 19th. Through this workshop, older adults learned about the options of self-employment and received advice and guidance on entrepreneurship opportunities, as well as the steps to starting a business. We’re glad that participants found the workshop very helpful and inspiring.

On Thursday, September 25th, a Small Business Legal Clinic was held to help entrepreneurs obtain legal advice from pro bono attorneys for their business ventures in manufacturing, fashion, E-commerce, restaurant, translation services and etc. We will provide them additional assistance and resources to help build their businesses and achieve their goals.


Our Business Outreach Center's (BOC) Upcoming Activities

Small Business Bootcamp: We are proud to present the 24th annual Small Business Bootcamp, a 10-week intensive course designed to assist entrepreneurs in developing management skills and refining business concepts, as well as creating business plans. Course topics range from entity formation and business regulations to financial management and access to capital. Class will begin on Saturday, 9/29, through Saturday, 12/15.

Work for Yourself@50+ Workshop: In partnership with AARP Foundation, CMP is proud to present Work for Yourself@50+ workshop to help older adults learn the ins and outs of successful self-employment. Our next workshop is on Wednesday, September 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm and it will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese. 

Legal Clinic: CMP is holding a Small Business Legal Clinic on Tuesday, September 25th from 2 PM - 5 PM. Volunteer attorneys will be available to provide free consultations on issues related to business formation, contracts and agreements, trademark and copyright, commercial leases and more.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Let us help you make your first step in accomplishing your entrepreneurial ambitions!  For more information and registration details, please contact 212-571-1698.

Accounting and QuickBooks Course

We're starting our next cycle of Accounting & QuickBooks Course on Saturday, October 13th!


Upon finishing the course, trainees will receive free job placement assistance from us.

Class Length:  3 months
Class Schedule: October 13th; Sat. 10 am to 5 pm
Program Fees :Depend on your family income; Enjoy Up to 50% off; Free for SNAP recipients

Registering: Please visit us at 70 Mulberry St, 3rd FL, New York, NY and bring your valid identification documents, social security card, NYC proof of address and SNAP budget letter with you.

Seats are limited. Don’t miss it!