Monmouth County Retired Educators Association (MCREA) is proud to work together to make a difference in the community in the following ways:
Food Bank Donations – At every membership meeting and/or event, MCREA requests non-perishable food items to be donated to local Monmouth County Food Banks.
School Supplies – At the last membership meeting of the year MCREA collects backpacks and school supplies to be distributed to Monmouth County children in August to help get them ready for the new school year.
Bridges at the Shore – MCREA Vice President Kathy Logan is the Director of this non-profit organization that serves families in Red Bank, Freehold, and Keyport. On the third Friday of the month, clothes, toiletries, coats, and bagged lunches and other daily necessities are distributed to families in need. At the MCREA December meeting, toys, books, and gift cards are donated to help spread the holiday spirit.
Bayshore Lunch Program – Once a month, MCREA volunteers shop, cook, and serve 60+ lunches in Keyport. Words cannot fully describe the experience. The families are very appreciative and the volunteers are also enriched.
Philanthropic Fund Winners – Annually MCREA awards approximately $1,000 to a non-profit organization in Monmouth County that enriches the lives of children. This year’s winner is Aslan, an organization which pairs students to volunteers for the year or longer, to assist in school work. In the past, MCREA has awarded Camp Jenka, for brain tumor patients and their families, Monmouth County YMCA Youth Program, ARC for field trips, Amanda’ Pallet in Red Bank, Boys and Girls Club in Asbury Park, Manna House in Cliffwood and the Union Beach Education Association for supplies and assistance after Hurricane Sandy.
MCREA has also enjoyed several opportunities at Monmouth County EA PRIDE events, working side-by-side with active members such as Read Across America, American Education Week, parades, and Breast Cancer walks. This summer MCREA will help refurbish a room at Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch.
MCREA is fortunate to have such generous, civic-minded members who are willing to help make lives better for their fellow Monmouth County residents.