MEK’s Social Responsibility and Community Outreach
MEK Review is proud to have served the New Jersey educational community for 20 years. In addition to our mission of helping thousands of students achieve college success, we make an effort to give back to those in need. We celebrate charity in local and global contexts. MEK employees have participated in several relief projects over the last few years, and we look forward to expanding our community outreach efforts as 2018 begins.
We encourage both employees and students to join us in exciting volunteer opportunities this year! These opportunities are great resume builders for your college applications, and they also give you a wonderful sense of satisfaction for helping members of your own community.
If you are a student who is interested in helping us make a difference in the NJ/NY area, please reach out to Head Counselor Ann Ahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEK’s Recent Charitable Opportunities
Our most recent successful missions to give back include…
Food Service at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ (December 9, 2017)
This service opportunity was sponsored by St. Michael’s Church in Palisades Park, NJ.
Background: In our kitchen, we have hundreds of wonderful volunteers preparing and serving up over 100,000 meals each year. Started back in the mid 1970s, we began serving sandwiches to the few who came to our door. Fast-forward to today and you will find that we serve upwards of 700 hot meals each day. St. John’s Feed the Hungry program is funded by free-will donations from faith-filled people. We are able to feed all who come without benefit of government aid thanks to the support of our doers and donors who offer their time, talent, and energy, which ultimately is our greatest asset.
Midnight Run: Food and Clothing Donations to the Homeless in NYC (December 15, 2017)
Our Midnight Run was sponsored by St. Michael’s Church in Palisades Park, NJ.
Background: In over 1,000 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.
MEK Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Send School Furniture to West Africa’s Ivory Coast (Oct. 2017)
We are proud to announce that we have worked with a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to deliver desks, chairs, and other educational resources to Ecole Maternelle Municipale Du Plateau, a nursery school in the Republic of Ivory Coast.
Since we closed our Edison location in mid-2016, much of our old company furniture sat untouched. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s generous help, we have been able to relocate these supplies to a place where they will be used and enjoyed by young learners on a different continent! EMMP students will now receive the tools to achieve in a safer, more comfortable, and more accessible learning environment.
We are excited to receive updates on this meaningful venture as classrooms begin using our materials.
Local Book Giveaways in Closter and Palisades Park (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017)
Over the course of two decades, we have collected hundreds and hundreds of books for students of all ages. As the educational needs of our students change and our programs evolve, our library also undergoes adjustments.
If you are in need of some new reading material, please visit our bookshelves in our Closter campus lobby! Students may take as many books as they would like from the bookshelves—free of charge. We are passionate about learning, cultural awareness, and generosity, so book giveaways remain special to us. Many of the texts available are classics, and we encourage all students and their families to browse our selection whenever they arrive on campus!
Food Pantry Donations to Englewood, NJ’s Center for Food Action
In the past, several of our employees partnered with Mrs. Ahn to make food donations to the Center for Food Action, a local non-profit organization dedicated to “preventing hunger and homelessness and improving the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.” CFA is a longtime provider of food, housing, and utility services to NJ’s poverty-stricken population. This organization now has an option to “shop” for food donations online, and we look forward to contributing to their efforts again in the near future.
Computer and Technology Donation to Former MEK Students
In addition to partnering with other organizations to bring about positive social change, we look for ways to help our own students. Since Bergen County is a fortunate area, it is easy to lose sight of just how expensive the pursuit of education can be. Many middle and high schools now have laptop loaner programs, but students must return their technology when the schoolyear has ended.
Many students and their families cannot afford computers at home—laptops can cost up to $2,000! MEK has donated older computers to some of our former students who have since gone on to succeed in Ivy League colleges and universities. We are dedicated to helping our students succeed in the classroom, but we also recognize that many families need extra help obtaining the tools which make this goal possible.