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Cumac Echo, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Job Training, Personal Social Services, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to CUMAC from my sister in law Andrea who has been a volunteer for over 20 years. I am absolutely amazed at all they have done in the community to help those in need and for the dignity they provide every person that walks through the door to pick up food, get job training, or shop at the thrift store. The staff is beyond outstanding, clients are super friendly and the management superior and inspiring! . As you can tell I am happy to be there as a volunteer and love the time doing nutritional food demos with the team.

Dude1529

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that is making a major impact on their community, serving over 4,100 people a month. They are transforming the goals to include a fully comprehensive services to help their clients in all facets of their lives. The first milestone is the marketplace concept to providing needed food for those in need, but health care, total referral services in housing, job training and more is on the way. Very exciting

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I was in luck, because I was helping many local people to have the most essential thing: Food and work for their personal fulfillment; CUMAC contributes in a way that I think fundamental. Volunteering is a feeling that makes people great. I encourage all people who have some free time to dedicate it to the most needy,The volunteers are the basic pillar and the great strength of the Food Banks. They are professionals, who carry out management, accounting, storage, transportation and provisioning tasks, other legal support, public relations. Their work focuses on the collection, organization and distribution of food. Joy with their new marketplace! (My donated canvas)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've spent the last two months volunteering at CUMAC, and it truly has been one of the best experiences of my life. I graduated high school in June and was looking for a non-profit nearby that I could help out at over the summer. From my first day there, CUMAC has gone above and beyond my expectations. Everyone there is completely dedicated to the mission of feeding people and changing lives, and they do so with a smile on their faces. They are loving, friendly, and made it an absolute joy to go there everyday. CUMAC really is incredible -- not only do they house a Community Closet and food pantry (which is undergoing its transition into the Choice Marketplace), the behind-the-scenes work of both the administrative staff and warehouse staff is unbelievable. Every single water bottle, can of food, and box of pasta is accounted for and bagged with extreme care. They make sure their volunteers feel safe, aware, and prepared. The clients they serve are treated respectfully and are provided with healthy choices to fuel their lives and support their families. I absolutely love CUMAC with all my heart -- both the work that they do and the people there made me love it even more. I can't wait to return and volunteer again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at CUMAC for close to a year now and I have to say this is one of humbling experiences I have had. I was hesitate going to volunteer at first but after the first day I wanted to keep coming back. The organization make such a lasting difference on the community and their staff. I would recommend volunteering at this organization to anyone who wants to make a positive change in the community whether great or small.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While CUMAC is doing so many amazing things to help feed people, their ability to touch and improve people's lives is what really makes them a truly exceptional non-profit organization. CUMAC is a family who is driven to make a positive and lasting difference on improving lives in the extended Paterson community. Their goal to ultimately eliminate poverty might seem like a wild and crazy dream, but it is amazing to see the progress that they make each and every day at achieving this lofty goal. I'm very proud to volunteer at this amazing organization that I now consider as part of my family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CUMAC is a great non profit doing amazing, inspiring things. From a vision for providing healthy "food as medicine" to equipping and empowering people, CUMAC brings those it serves in the community step by step towards a healthier more abundant life. Outstanding staff and work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CUMAC is amazing and meets an important and acute need in Paterson. It feeds thousands of people each month, it has a job training program, and it shares love and compassion as well as food. My husband and I have chosen just a couple of places to give deeply to (instead of giving less to a lot of places), and CUMAC is one of them. We know our gifts are being used to help actual people in need in immediate ways. We also are part of two community gardens that grow vegetables that CUMAC distributes along with its dry goods and frozen food. CUMAC is creative, resourceful, and willing to hear ideas and receive what people have to give.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a FANTASTIC organization. I have witnessed first hand the good they do for the entire Passaic County. Without the hard work and efforts of CUMAC there would be a huge void in the health and wellness of all of the people they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I fell in love with CUMAC when I was introduced to the organization through some individuals at my firm. I eventually met the Director, Executive Director and employees at CUMAC and all I can say is what an impressive group of people! I also spent some time volunteering onsite with a couple of coworkers this past Summer and the people were warm, inviting, knowledgeable and really educated my group on the mission of CUMAC and the passion they have for the community they serve. I'm really glad to be associated with such an amazing organization of people who are all so personally invested in the well being and success of the families they serve. CUMAC has heart! The families of Paterson couldn't be in better hands.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CUMAC is a wonderful organization. The staff are so knowledgeable about the work and the community. I have worked with several organizations and have rarely seen the level of professionalism, commitment, and care that CUMAC offers to its clients. I am also very impressed by their understanding of what leads to food insecurity and their approach to addressing it. Kudos to a great team and the work they are doing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CUMAC is a wonderful organization that does such amazing work for the community. It was through CUMAC that I gained a better understanding of hunger right in my backyard. I come to know CUMAC through the Halloween 3.1 (5K to Scare Hunger Away). They always come out to help support our event! Everyone that works with CUMAC has an incredibly big heart. I am proud to say that I have contributed to them and will continue to do so! #CUMAC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in full time ministry in the United Methodist Church for 29 years. In every church I have served, it has been one of my greatest pleasures to partner with CUMAC in Paterson. Whether it be bringing food from the local churches that I have served, or joining work teams to help sort food at CUMAC, we have always been deeply moved by the organization, the compassion, and the vision that CUMAC has to make people's lives better. They have also been blessed with visionary leaders such as Pat Bruger and Mark Dinglasan, who have each shared their gifts and leadership in wonderful and faithful ways. May God continue to bless the wonderful staff and community at CUMAC in Paterson.

Erica Fischer- K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CUMAC delivers amazing service not only to their clients and the community but also as a partner to other nonprofit agencies in the area. They are a great group of professional allies to work with and we are thrilled to be able to have them in our corner of the world.

1 Sajan P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CUMAC is an amazing organization. The staff is wonderful and so committed to their work. The amount of people they serve through the pantry and warehouse is incredible. Plus, they manage supportive housing, run a thrift shop and operate a workforce development program. CUMAC is a critical resource to the families and children in Paterson and Passaic County.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CUMAC is a wonderful organization serving so many people in the area, but more importantly caring for the employees that serve the organization. It is a family atmosphere wherein everyone takes care of each other. The store items are affordable and the employees make sure it is a clean and inviting experience for the customers. Definitely a top rated organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Lucy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.









AlexAnderDiaz

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Dan_91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.