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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

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at CUMAC consistently with my church over the last 3 years has been a rewarding experience. We have become a family of stewards to the community. CUMAC has enriched my life through their service to the community and they have helped me to make others more aware of the needs in poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at cumac over the past two years and every experience has always been so positive. It has always been such a pleasure to volunteer at an organization that gives back to the community as much as Cumac does.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work! I donate all our clothes to Cumac.

Shelley27

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do the most amazing work with the most amazing people. I feel honored to have worked with them :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Nutrition & Dietetics student, I have always been interested in ways to promote health and wellness within my community. I began volunteering at CUMAC after hearing from my classmates at Montclair State about the great things the organization was doing for the North Jersey area. From my first volunteer experience, I was not disappointed! When I imagined a large food pantry, I imagined rooms full of non-perishables. CUMAC is not only able to provide these items, but also fresh, perishable foods as well! I was very pleased to help pack fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and bread products to give out to those in need. CUMAC is ensuring that its families have access to healthful, nutritious, and delicious foods--significantly improving the quality of life for those in the North Jersey community.

In addition to assisting with the food, I have also been able to help out with other tasks. Just the other day I helped fill book bags with school supplies (including top of the line calculators!!) for kids going off to school in the upcoming month. These bags were high quality, filled with all of the necessary items--and more--for students of various ages. CUMAC recognizes the importance of education these filled book bags are surely going to help many students thrive this upcoming school year!

When I volunteer at CUMAC I am not only making a positive impact on the community, but I always leave with smiles. The employees, staff, and other volunteers I have met during my experience have been nothing but kind, giving, and genuine individuals all eager to spark change in their community. I look forward to my future volunteer experiences at CUMAC.

1 Kevin107

Donor

Rating: 5

CUMAC's slogan is Feeding People, Changing Lives, and I truly believe that they try to live up to this each and every day! You can tell that their staff is passionate about their work and cares about each and every one of their clients. They also work to advocate, not only their cause in Paterson and the surrounding area, but bring light to the bigger picture of hunger and poverty globally. I am proud to support CUMAC and will continue to do so!

Board Member

Rating: 5

What makes CUMAC great you may ask? That's simple...it's people helping people. Compassionately meeting the needs of the community. So many have been impacted by the economic challenges of our times, and CUMAC has remained a Constant provider when assistance is needed. The CUMAC Team is THERE when the rains come causing floods, they are THERE when the need of food exceeds the days in the month and they are THERE when GRACE mandates a second chance. It is an honor to serve with this Team.

1 RevJAW

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over 25 years ago while serving as a pastor in Paterson I became acquainted with CUMAC when I brought my youth group to the ministry which was then located in a tiny church. Hugh Dunlop proudly gave us a tour. I later became a board member and ultimately served as Board President. What a joy it has been to watch this program grow and prosper. Thousands of lives are touched each year not just by the food provided but by encouragement and opportunities. I am so proud to be a part of this outreach to Paterson and beyond!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many people are fed both physically and spiritually.

Comments ( 1 )

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cumacfeeds 09/25/2012

Thank you for the review! We appreciate your support and service greatly.

Don_36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked the food drive, collecting and sorting food, and was. Impressed with the hard work and dedication of the volunteers, and organization and tireless effort of the staff. Very rewarding!

1 Grace26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most welcoming, dedicated staff staff with a passion to meet the needs of their clientele. Innovative programs geard to all ages. I believe that the longevity of Cumac Echo along with growth in services and programs are a role model to other non-profits. Stop in for help and receive more than you ask for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for clean-up weekends and special food drives after hearing Pat Bruger present CUMAC's mission and needs to our church congregation over 20 years ago. The mission has not changed, "feeding people and changing lives". I now volunteer weekly for this worthwhile organization in order to give back in Christian love. I've never seen such a hard working, passionate group of individuals all with the same goal of making a difference in people's lives. The work they do has an immediate impact to the critical needs of the community whether it is through their food pantry, their retail store or their after-school programs. It is a pleasure and an inspiration to be around such a caring group of individuals.

1 Scott95

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cumac is an outreach of the United Methodist church. It exemplifies the mission of the church and gives witness to the call of Jesus Christ to help our sisters and brothers in need.
Here is where church gets real. The people who work there are great; they know what it means; they give of themselves for the good of their neighbor.
Since I receive so much from God, here is a place I can give back, and be uplifted while helping other people.
It's a joy to be a part of this mission!
Scott

Amanda156

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CUMAC is committed and dedicated to helping the community. They offer critical resources to the community such as the food pantry, community closet, after school assistance and so much more. My church Cornerstone has been blessed to participate w/ various events with CUMAC and look forward to supporting more events as CUMAC is dedicated to "Feeding People and Changing Lives!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We brought our church youth group to Paterson to help with the food sorting. It was a great experience for the kids to be a part of such a diverse group of people all working for a common good. I would highly recommend this for all youth groups!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CUMAC has an incredible impact on the community – helping alleviate hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families. My family is comfortable donating to CUMAC because we want to help others in our community that need food, many of whom are children, veterans, or elderly – and we are confident that CUMAC has the right organization, history, personnel, and desire to do just that. CUMAC has been supported by a number of different organizations and individuals since its inception, underscoring the confidence others have in the excellent work done by CUMAC.