40 years and counting, serving up 38,000 meals per year, providing half way house for those in need, working to provide work experience for those who need it, and serving the Patterson, NJ community in many more ways. A great team of professionals and volunteers, along with corporate sponsors who donate generously every year. CUMAC\Echo is something to be proud about
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.
I've had the pleasure of volunteering with CUMAC and at their events and it's always a great experience. The staff and other volunteers are incredibly kind and passionate about the work they do. There are often long lines in CUMAC's pantry and always a lot of activity in their warehouse. It's obvious spending time on site that you're part of something big, you're with a group that is really making a difference in people's lives. I'm happy I found this place and can know that my time is valued and that I'm helping to make a difference.
Cumac is an amazing resource for the community members of Paterson. Their caring and personalized approach is the reason why they have been running for so long. I have volunteered here a number of times on my own and with groups. Each time I have left feeling like I made a difference, and I have helped opened up many peoples eyes to what kind of help this community needs and how great it feels to help out. I am so thankful that I discovered Cumac and have the time and sometimes the resources to help out where help is needed. Paterson is lucky to have Cumac and all those who work there to keep it going.
CUMAC organization has done amazing work in the City of Paterson NJ. The staff at the organization are friendly, caring, and always eager to help the community it serves in many ways. The collaboration with different agencies in the community is magnificent; the staff provides consistent follow up to ensure they are always able to provide some assistance if needed, and makes me feel part of the team. I will never forget the one winter I called over to CUMAC asking for assistance in helping a homeless individual get a coat and socks in the middle of winter. The staff at the organization just told me to send the person over and they will make sure she would get whatever she needed. This is one of many efforts that should not get overlooked and I will never forget the consistency of this organization.
Ever since volunteering at CUMAC and understanding their mission to support families that struggle with hunger, I without a doubt believe this organization deserves the appraisal to be considered a top non profit.
They work to provide important resources like food, clothing, and other services to not only alleviate hunger but the roots causes of hunger as well. The warehouse includes staff members and volunteers that work together improve the living and health conditions of 1 in 7 NJ residents. I see a bright future ahead for this organization, and believe they are capable to actually put a stop to hunger eventually in all NJ family homes.
I see so many homeless people and people in general that are in the need of food which breaks my heart. I stumbled upon a Cumac two summer's ago as a way to give back to my community. Cumac is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to feed people and change lives. It sure does that. when I volunteer I pack hundreds of bags full of different assortments of food that will be handed out to those in need. The staff is very wonderful and is always there to assist me. This organization will always hold a special place in my heart because volunteering here has made me grow as a person and I know that my help has impacted many lives.
I have been a volunteer at CUMAC for 6 months and work once per week. It is a wonderful organization. The management,staff, and other volunteers are great to work with. The organization helps to eliminate hunger for thousands of local residents which is a wonderful cause. I also support the organization financially as I feel its such an important cause to support. My direct supervisor at CUMAC is a wonderful person. Being a volunteer for this organization is an extremely positive and rewarding experience-I plan to be a volunteer for many years to come.
Although I am no longer living in NJ, I worked with CUMAC and Andrian for nearly 5 years. The support and diligence that they provide to community members not only exceeds those within the city, but also when compared to non-profits throughout NJ. The staff is always in a great mood and so very supportive of the community. They have a genuine interest in the well-being of those who live in Paterson. The "far exceeding expectations" (stars) statement above, only partially captures the beautiful work they do.
I work for an agency who works with Adrian and his team at CUMAC. They do amazing work with the community. He is always willing to do whatever it takes to help out the community. He goes above and beyond to do his job and to make everyone feel comfortable. The workers are always helping there clients with food, or even helping clients load it in there push carts.
This is a great non-profit. I came with my mom who was in need of food items towards the end of the month. They treated us graciously and provided us with great service. We received the food my mother needed and were able to get fresh fruits and veggies that are not often found in food pantries. Thank you CUMAC!
I have been volunteer at CUMAC for over a year. What an amazing group of people to work with and around. The staff is happy to answer any and all questions with a smile and encouragement. The work they do is so inspiring, the staff along with the volunteers are putting Christian action into action and they are truly the hands and feet of Christ. The clients that come into the pantry and thrift shop are appreciative of all that is done for them. There is no need for hunger in this world and we all should be sharing our bounty with others. It is wonderful to arrive and be greeted with a smile. God is in the building all the time.
CUMAC is truly a great organization that runs creative events to raise funds for hunger. From informing me about how hunger affects our cities and countries in a showing of "A Place at the Table" to satisfying my itch to run in the "Scare Away Hunger" event and to hear fantastic music at "Beetles Night." I enjoy the events that they run and the care and passion of the people who run them.
CUMAC, what it represents, and what it does for the people of Paterson is truly inspiring. They provide quality food to those in need, job training for increased access to employment, as well as other services. I have volunteered at one of the food pantries associated with them and you truly could not meet kinder people.
Before Volunteering at CUMAC, I was unaware of how many people were positively effected by the work CUMAC does. I had the opportunity to work with Bert on the truck a few days a week. We went from store to store picking up different food and clothing that they wanted to donate. As we were pulling back into the parking lot each day, the faces of dozens of people on the streets lit up. It feels amazing to know that I was, and will continue to be, a part of an organization that is such a large help to so many people in need.
CUMAC is a wonderful organization with wonderful people. I've helped out at a few of their events - serving pizzas, hauling gear, etc. and the people running it are some of the nicest folks I've had the pleasure to meet. They are all very warm and generous with their time. They also do such good works; I've gone to their pantry several times on errands for them and there are always so many people there who are recipients of CUMAC's generosity. They also hold terrific events like the Beatles Night and the Fresh Food Demo/Salad making contest. They are a pleasure to be around and a real asset to the community!
I have been lucky enough to volunteer with CUMAC for the past 7 months. It has helped me grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Seeing the work the volunteers and employees put in really restores my faith in humanity. The amount of people this organization helps is mind blowing and I could not be more proud to say that I consider CUMAC part of my family.
What an amazing organization and team of people! Our organizations has an annual day of service where we are able to partner with a local non-profit to volunteer with. I was referred to CUMAC by a friend, and we had the pleasure of partnering with them for our 2016 event. My coworkers and I were so impressed by the dedication of those who work and volunteer for CUMAC, and what they are able to do for the Northern NJ community. We are looking forward to working with and supporting CUMAC for many years to come!
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.
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!
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.
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.