National Volunteer Week

Happy National Volunteer Week! We'd like to take a minute to say thank you to all the wonderful people that donate their time to CUMAC and other nonprofit organizations around the world. Because of you, our community is a better place and that's something to celebrate. 

In honor of this special week, we asked some of our volunteers what they love about volunteering with CUMAC. We hope their words inspire you the way they inspire us! 


"Volunteering at CUMAC has allowed me to make an invaluable connection with the Paterson community. CUMAC brings different kinds of people together to create something bigger than ourselves" 

- Rebecca


"Dedication, compassion, can do attitude, mission to serve, no other organization I’d rather volunteer for. These are the words that come to mind when thinking about CUMAC and the work they do. Volunteering for CUMAC has been such a rewarding learning experience for me. The staff, who comes from which all walks of life, always shows a constant positive attitude in helping CUMAC and the citizens they serve. To work in a warm, caring environment where helping citizens is a priority is a real joy and a personal reward for me."

- Stu

"Volunteering at CUMAC has been a blessing to our church. It has allowed our young people to see life outside of our comfortable suburb and to see the needs of our neighbors. CUMAC has offered us opportunities to serve and be productive in a meaningful way. We have been involved with this organization by collecting food and supplies, playing music at fundraising events, serving food at charity functions, and going to the center to sort food. The dedicated staff continues to guide us and provide us with these opportunities. The best part of our involvement with CUMAC is both youth and adults are working together for a common cause on an even playing field, which has drawn us closer as a church and helped our various members get to know each other better, united in a making a difference together."

- Kate


"There is so much that I love about CUMAC. I spent a good portion of my childhood in Paterson, I've seen the decline even from then to now, and I can only imagine what it was years and years ago. But the city of Paterson will always have a special place in my heart. To volunteer at CUMAC, I feel like I'm giving even the littlest bit of myself back to a community I love. It humbles me so much every single time I'm there. I love all of the workers, and I'm so grateful to be even the smallest part of the CUMAC family."

- Schuyler


 "I volunteer because I love helping people.  While I was working in NY I was heartbroken at the amount of homelessness that was everywhere I turned.  I knew that I had to do something, so I started volunteering.  It has been such a rewarding experience. The people I meet at CUMAC are incredible and truly go out of their way to do everything possible to ensure that the community is fed and cared for.  It's the caring for that is so important.  People need to know that we care it means so much to them.  In a society where there is so much abundance there should not be so much need.  I will continue to do what I can to end poverty and hunger."

- Cheryl


“After several years of “quiet” support for CUMAC I responded to a call for help and began assembling donated items for the thrift store, which lead to putting in a tomato garden, which lead to soliciting items at garage sales for the Community Closet and I’m sure there are many adventures to come as I am sold on the things they do and I see it on a weekly basis. It is a different experience seeing things on the front lines. People are what makes life fun and CUMAC is a positive assemblage of energetic people delivering a great product…happy for the association.”

- Al


"I was introduced to CUMAC, through my mother and the United Methodist Women from Butler. Volunteering at CUMAC and helping to spread its mission over many years has been a blessing of great joy, given and received."

- Don


"Ten years ago, when I first started attending FLUMC, I had the opportunity to participate in a Saturday work day at CUMAC. This was my first exposure to CUMAC and from that day on, I was hooked.  I have since participated in many more CUMAC work days over the years and helped organize various collections for whatever was currently in need (food, coats, hats and gloves, school supplies, baby diapers, hygiene kits, Easter Baskets, Christmas Wish Lists).  Seeing all the good that CUMAC does, all the people that are helped every day and the tireless dedication of the CUMAC staff and volunteers are an inspiration.  I am so grateful for everything that I have in my life and volunteering at CUMAC is a way to give back, to help others and make a positive difference in somebody else’s life."

- Joan

"I volunteer at CUMAC to continue to do the work my beloved sister Joyce wasn’t able to finish. She was a kind and caring person who was active in community service. She passed away in 2003. I dedicate my work for CUMAC to Joyce, so her love and kindness towards people lives on."

- Mel

To all our volunteers, any reason you donate your time for others is a good one. Thank you for all that you do. Our work wouldn't be possible without you! 

Interested in volunteering with CUMAC? Contact our volunteer department. Want to tell us about your volunteer experience? Leave us a comment below!