MORRIS COUNTY, NJ- The Morris County Council of Education Associations (MCCEA) is mobilizing a widespread effort to provide financial support and resources to numerous area agencies and individuals taking on the challenges brought on by the coronavirus. During this unprecedented time, MCCEA recognized an opportunity to do its part to help the community at large.
"All the [donated] money will come from MCCEA," stated Laurie Schorno, MCCEA President. "We've repurposed some funds and will also be spending some of our general surplus funds due to our canceled events," Schorno added.
The following is a sample of where MCCEA's contributions are heading:
Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County, which serves the needs of Morris County residents facing hunger and food insecurity issues. Recent layoffs and furloughs have increased assistance requests.
Roses will be delivered on Mother's Day to all 3 St Claire's campuses, 2 Atlantic Health Campuses and a COVID-19 testing site.
Homeless Solutions, which supports the needs of Morris County residents at all phases of homelessness.
Chromebooks, which have been delivered to students in need to accommodate distance learning, and to assist families looking for jobs and/or housing who do not have access to public computers because of the quarantine.
Jersey Battered Women's Service, which serves a variety of needs to Morris County families in domestic crises. It has been indicated that domestic violence has increased during the quarantine.
Color A Smile, which collects cheerful crayon drawings, from people of all ages. Every month thousands of these drawings are distributed to nursing homes, hospitals, Meals on Wheels programs and to those serving overseas.
Now that families are spending more home time together, it seems an ideal group quarantine project. Please go to www.colorasmile.org for more information.
NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, through the purchase of unique 'New Jersey LOVE Stayed Home' magnets made by a local art teacher and potter. Please go to https://www.ellielouceramics.com/ for more information.
Medical Face Masks, to be distributed to staff and residents at the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton.
In addition to these causes, MCCEA is also planning to make targeted donations to support EMT workers as well as workers at the County College of Morris.