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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

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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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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.