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Cumac Echo, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   47 reviews 2,697

Address:

PO Box 2721 223 Ellison Street Paterson NJ 07509 USA

Mission:

CUMAC feeds people and changes lives. It works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County and northern NJ.

Target demographics:

Low- income community members and families living in Paterson, NJ, Passaic County, NJ and northern NJ who are in need of groceries and social services. Also middle- school aged children from Paterson's School 5.

Geographic areas served:

Paterson, Passaic County, and northern New Jersey

Programs:

CUMAC provides bagged groceries to families and individuals in need in Paterson, Passaic County and beyond. Typically, we regularly feed over 3,000 people monthly - 1 in 3 are children, 1 in 5 have a disability or chronic illness and 1 in 9 are senior citizens.

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973-742-5518
http://www.cumac.org

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Reviews for Cumac Echo, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with the Team of dedicated individuals who lead and manage this outstanding organization. Through their tireless efforts I’ve seen how CUMAC successfully fulfills its mission of feeding people and changing lives each and every day. Through its food pantry, food depot, thrift shop, annual food and school supply drives CUMAC consistently and effectively serves the underserved, providing thousands of adults and children with food, clothing, and household supplies that address their basic living needs. On a more strategic level, by leveraging its 30 years of experience addressing the root causes of hunger CUMAC has become a leader in helping a coalition of local pantries and agencies more effectively manage shared food resources across northern NJ and helping residents connect to feeding programs that best serve their needs. CUMAC is an organization that makes a significant difference in people’s lives and is an essential resource to a struggling community that needs all the help it can get.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Giving back to our community is extremely important to me. I have had amazing experiences volunteering at CHCC, Bowery Mission Group and Project Literacy in the past. The time spent at each is extremely valuable and I enjoyed them immensely.

Recently, I found myself with some time on my hands and called Project Literacy to get back to tutoring. I wanted to do more, so I looked for something in addition that is close by. Immediately I found CUMAC and so happy I did!! I volunteer twice a week. The facility is incredible!! Not only do they supply fresh vegetables and meats and groceries, bakery items etc. they also have a space for clothing and household supplies.

The people are amazing. Stephanie, Adrian, Javin and the many volunteers and workers that I have met along the way are awesome. They are such a warm, wonderful, loving group of people! So blessed to have crossed paths with CUMAC! I look forward to Mondays and Thursdays and help out in anyway I can.

We are thankful to the many grocery stores and individuals that help supply food pantries! It saddens me that we need such facilities but so happy that people and grocery stores come together to fill the need. It feels so wonderful to be able to help each other out. It's what we are meant to do and it feels so good doing it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer once a week helping out where ever they need me. I have a great time working with and meeting other volunteers. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. I find it very therapeutic helping others in need.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently started to volunteer weekly at CUMAC. When I leave, I can't wait to come back. The staff is very much appreciative of the volunteers and takes the time to answer questions and receive suggestions.

My favorite job is filling grocery bags with either meats, fresh produce or canned goods and pasta. In production line fashion we put a certain amount of items into each bag, knot the bag, and start again. I estimate we do about 100 bags each week doing the time I am there. Either that day or the next the bags are distributed to people who need them. I'm proud to help out so that others can have food to eat.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I’m a Volunteer at CUMAC for the past 5 months. I went to volunteer in Patterson, to be at “ground zero” for people in need. The adjectives that come to my mind are inspiring, impressive, caring, difference making, teamwork, and, dedication. The impact CUMAC is making to the community is impressive - feeding on a regular basis about 3800 residents per month, with more for fresh produce. They help those with clothing \ and apartment setup for those experiencing fires and other tragedies. They provide a hand to those staff and residence trying to re-establish their lives. The caring this group shows every day is inspiring. The teamwork and selfless time they give, way above the call of duty shows true dedication. And I mean everyone from administration staff, board members, general warehouse, volunteers, and everyone in-between. I see the impact on those in need every time I go. At times, It’s heart breaking, but it’s also a blessing, an organization like CUMAC is there to give support to those who need their services so desperately. CUMAC is on the front lines helping every day making a difference, G-D bless them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer at CUMAC for about a year now, and I can only offer compliments to this wonderful place! The staff is unbelievably welcoming, and kind. Everyone works together to make sure each and every day is as productive as the last. Also, CUMAC engages extremely well with the surrounding community to ensure that everyone is aware of all the amazing things CUMAC has to offer! Again, I can not say enough positive things about CUMAC, as they only offer the best and help as much as they can!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Working here during summer vacation really changed me as a person, being in charge of many responsibilities, and receiving the same amount of respect everyone got! Although it's a pretty big facility, all the staff was so amazingly nice, and really helped me feel at ease and get closer to everyone. The work was great. Knowing the direct outcome of your volunteer work motivated me to work harder and with more pride.

I found how many people really live without the basic necessities, showing me really how lucky I am, and what a great opportunity I had in being able to lend a hand. The people really seem to care about the people in need, often striking up personal conversations and getting friendly with regulars. It was a great experience!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have volunteered here several times and have had a great experience every time. All the staff and all the other volunteers are really there to help others. I am constantly talking about this agency and spreading the word about what they do.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The people at Cumac are the friendliest people you will meet. They are always willing to help and have such good hearts. My friends and I have volunteered there many times and it is always a pleasure to work with the staff.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with CUMAC often over the past few years. I am consistently impressed with the level of dedication and enthusiasm displayed by the staff. The facility itself is a warm labor of love and reaches a staggering number of those in need. The staff treats their clients with respect and empathy. I applaud CUMAC for the great work that they do and they continue to be my favorite charitable organization in New Jersey.

 
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