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American Legion Post 213 is located in Wantage on Route 23, north of Sussex. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The Ladies Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, call 875-3551, e-mail or send send a postal mail to P.O. Box 447, Sussex.

Arabian Rescue Mission
A 501(c)3 non-profit horse rescue dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses, targeting Arabians. We educate to provide for safe, healthy and knowledgeable caretakers and to provide officials and first-responders with the tools necessary for a safe and legal seizure, when necessary. Located at 42 Glen Road, Wantage. For information on this organization visit or contact Terry Figueroa at 973-948-9471 or

Avian Wildlife Center
A private, tax-exempt organization established to promote the welfare of New Jersey's avifauna through: Rehabilitation and medical care of orphaned and injured wild birds,
information and advice about birds, educational presentations for all ages, field research.
Contact: phone: (973) 702-1957 | email:
website: Location: 146 Neilson Road

Beemerville FD Auxiliary
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Beemerville Firehouse. New members welcome! 973-875-3771

Clean Communities
The Wantage Clean Communities Program, under the guidance of Mr. Ken Karnas, helps us to keep Wantage clean! Report problem litter areas to the Clean Communities program through the Wantage Town Hall, 973-875-7192. Also, if you are involved with a civic group or organization looking for a clean fund raising idea, contact Ken at 973-875-5316 (evenings) about forming a clean up brigade for an area of the Township — helping keep our community clean pays off, in more ways than one!
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DAR – is a service organization dedicated to pursuing the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Meetings are held on the second Monday or Saturday of each month, as scheduled. Monday meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday meetings are held at 12 noon. No meetings are held in January. Guests and prospective members are warmly welcomed at our meetings. If you are interested in attending, please contact Barbara Sauvé at 875-4058 or

The DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum is located at 1097 Route 23, Wantage (4 miles north of of Sussex). The museum is open from May to October, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Come and spend a day in the country with us. View the DAR website

Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and supports the historical, scientific, educational, interpretive, recreational, and natural resource management activities in the Park. Support takes the form of funds, materials, and voluntary services for which no government funds or resources are readily available. The Friends of High Point State Park's dedicated volunteers keep the organization running and contribute tremendous time and effort to bring our programming to the High Point State Park community. For more information go to

Friends of the Library – The Friends of the Library sponsor a variety of programs at the library. E-mail the Friends: website: | Facebook

Friends of LusscroftHeritage & Agriculture Association, Inc. is the "Friends" organization recognized by the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry for the preservation and restoration of Lusscroft farm on Neilson Road in Wantage.  Lusscroft farm has a long and important agricultural history. HAA's mission is to see that the farm becomes a place for agricultural education and economic endeavors, cultural activities and recreational pursuits in the future. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Sussex-Wantage Library Please visit the website at for more information.

High Point Harmonizers
Sussex County's premier all-male barbershop and modern a capella chorus.The Harmonizers are always looking for men of all ages to join them in song. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For information go to

Ladies Auxiliary of the Sussex Fire Department—This group was formed many years ago for the sole purpose of actively supporting the Sussex Fire Department. The Sussex Fire Department is a volunteer, self-funded, non-profit organization. We support the organization by our very active fund-raising campaign (to provide the emergency service volunteers with costly safety equipment that they would not be able to purchase otherwise) and by providing refreshment at rescue scenes and Bingo. Contact Michelle

Project Self-Sufficiency and Project Sussex Kids
Project Self-Sufficiency provides a wide range of services to Sussex County families; Project Sussex Kids is a specialized program for local families with young children.


Boy Scouts

Troop 84
Scoutmaster: Randy Shorr | 973 787 4891

Stop by the Sussex United Methodist Church on Wednesday nights between 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. to learn about the exciting, challenging, and character building activities the troop has planned. The church is located at 15 Bank Street in Sussex. Any boy between the age of 11 and 17 is welcome, no prior experience required. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Randy Shorrr at 973-787-4891, or send an e-mail with any questions you may have to Website:

Troop 153
Scoutmaster: Steve Dely | 875-0511

Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd (200 Rt. 23, Wantage, across from the Wantage Plaza) For more information contact Scoutmaster Steve Dely at 973-875-0511.

Girl Scouts
High Point Girl Scouts has approximately 20 troops serving the needs of the girls in the Sussex-Wantage area. We are part of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Council. Girls from kindergarten through high school are welcome to attend. If you or someone you know would like to join Girl Scouts, please contact: Laura Mason at . Please include your name, girl's name and grade, and phone number. Thanks! Visit the Girl Scouts website:

Serger/Embroidery Machine Group – a neighborhood group of the American Sewing guild. All are welcome. For more information call Caryln Hudak at 875-1022.

Sussex Antlers
Are you looking for a fun way to help the community? Then Sussex Antlers, the youth organization to Sussex Elks Lodge, is the perfect organization for you! Open to any student aged 12-20, the Antlers aids the community through activities such as food drives, dinners, and fundraising for our Special Children, Veterans, and Drug Awareness, as well as many others in need. Interested in joining? Come to our meetings, e-mail us at, or contact Ashley Green, our head adviser, at 973-875-3990 with any questions.

Sussex Elks – Members devote themselves to a number of community activities from raising the level of patriotism to funding a camp for children with disabilities. The Sussex Elks Lodge is located on Lewisburg Rd. The lodge phone number is 875-3990.

Sussex Kiwanis meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Sit-n-Chat, located on Rt. 23 North. (location of former Sussex Queen Diner) Meeting time is 7 p.m. Contact information: Dan Vanderberg 862-266-4079 or

Sussex SewTech Group – a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, with a focus of sewing with sergers and embroidery machines. The group meets in the library community room from 12:30 to 3:30 on the first Monday of the month. For more information, please call Carlyn Hudak at 875-1022 or e-mail

Sussex-Wantage Over Fifty Club – Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sussex Firehouse at 12:30. Refreshments are served at 11:30. New members are welcome.

Sussex-Wantage Quilters – this quilting group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library. Experienced and novice, hand or machine, quilters are welcome. Bring an unfinished and/or current project. For more information, call 875-9791 or 875-9187 or e-mail

Sussex Woman's Club –Meets the first Monday of the Month from September thru June at 7 p.m. at the Sussex/Wantage Library. Refreshments are served and the meetings are open to the public, location subject to change so please call ahead. New members from Sussex, Wantage, Branchville, and Lafayette are welcome. For information call 973-827-1710 or 875-8827, or write to: PO Box 117, Sussex. Officers: President: Kathy Hunterton, Vice President: Marge Beach, Treasure: Betty Hough, Secretary: Sandy Wyker

Tri-State Stitchers – this neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sussex-Wantage library community room. All are welcome. For more information call Ann Alfaro at 702-7124.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge
1243 Rte 23 North
Phone 973-702-7770
Board Members meet every three Months. Schedule to follow.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is a “No-Kill” Exotic Bird Sanctuary founded in 2007. Under My Wing is a permanent residential facility for exotic birds and a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. We are best recognized by our community as “The North Jersey Sanctuary for Exotic Birds”. Under My Wing provides a safe permanent residence to exotic birds and maintains their lifelong care. Excellent professional care and specialized in working with birds that are aggressive towards all humans, very noisy, self-mutilators, feather pucker’s, are elder or in need of pelleted care, have disabilities and parrots that have very neurotic behaviors. In addition Under My Wing provides services to the avian community in general via education, hands-on training. Our community outreach serves both parrots and people offering services and programs specifically designed to assist the elder, disabled and the youth population with bird care. Thus, reaching new growth and embracing a better future for the exotic bird’s welfare and care. At Under My Wing we listen, we council, we imagine, and we create solutions on the complex issues involved in addressing the welfare of the birds and for individuals who are in need or wish to relinquish a bird; options to suit their needs and circumstances, circumstances and affordability.

United Way Caregivers Coalition
Meetings are held on the first Thursday on the month from noon to 1:30 pm, with the exception of August or when otherwise noted. Meetings are held at the Vision Federal Credit Union, 47 US Highway 206, Augusta NJ. Members are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the meeting. Anyone with an interest in caregiving is welcome to join the meetings.

According to Robin Ennis, Caregivers Coalition Coordinator for the United Way of Northern NJ in Sussex and Warren Counties, in Sussex County alone there are over 32,000 unpaid caregivers. A caregiver could be a parent caring for a child with a disability, a friend helping her neighbor who has mental illness, or a husband caring for his wife who is aging. In Sussex County, United Way Caregivers Coalition holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. These meetings offer education, resources, support, and ideas while also helping caregivers connect with other caregivers and empathetic professionals who can share experienced advice. For information call 908-835-3550, email or visit

Wallkill Valley Rotary meets every Thursday at 12:15 at the Bella Vita Ristorante. Prospective members and guests are invited to attend. For more information, please call Barbara Miller at 875-8552.