It's National Volunteer Week and we'd like to take a minute to thank all the incredible volunteers that help make our work possible every day! At CUMAC and across the country, volunteers are committed to making a difference in their communities and we are constantly being inspired by their actions.
In the spirit of this special week, we asked some of our volunteers why they love to give back. Here's what they said...
"CUMAC is a really great organization that serves people with as much care as they treat their team members and coworkers. It was great being shown the facility on my first day of volunteering and being assigned a leader to shadow and help with stocking the pantry, creating food bundles, or any needs they had. Everyone greets you with a smile, they provide opportunities for part-time workers to get work experience and they host creative and effective fundraisers with the broader community of partners and interested individuals to serve the Paterson community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve with them."
"We love volunteering at CUMAC! Annually I organize a volunteer trip for a group of teenagers and adults from the United Methodist Church of Summit where I serve as Director of Christian Education. We are always impressed by the incredible work CUMAC does to help our neighbors in need. We have helped sort food, catalog thrift shop donations, sort shoes, and assist with mailings. We also bring a collection of food to donate when we come. Our day at CUMAC is always a fun and meaningful volunteer experience. We leave feeling proud and grateful for all CUMAC offers and for the opportunity to participate in these wonderful ministries . Thank you CUMAC!"
- Sherri, UMC of Summit
“I have a passion for giving back to the community and CUMAC has provided me with the opportunity to help others who need assistance and service. The managment, staff, and volunteers are all wonderful to work with, and the teamwork and positive attitude in the building makes it a great working environment."
"CUMAC has brought a lot of change into my life and I got a great experience from helping others as a volunteer. I love CUMAC because it has brought so much awareness to me about the issue of hunger. I had the chance to fundraise for a 5K, volunteer in the pantry, and donate food to families in need thanks to the incredible platform this nonprofit provides."
"Since finding CUMAC, I feel that I am a small part of a family — helping other families less fortunate."
"I love that CUMAC is open to anyone and everyone volunteering at their warehouse to help alleviate hunger around the Paterson, Passaic County, and northern New Jersey areas! I started volunteering at CUMAC alongside the Montclair State Dietetics Organization back in 2013 and have loved it ever since. My passion for nutrition greatly flourished from volunteering here due to the community aspect and knowing that families who need proper nutrition and education will be able to get it with the help from CUMAC. My fondest memory with CUMAC is being able to lead the Action Against Hunger food drive with the help of MSDO members! I am grateful that CUMAC and their wonderful team is part of the backbone in my passion for becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist."
"It wasn't until I came here with my church that I really got to experience what a great operation this is, the wonderful people, and all the incredible things they do -- not just for Paterson, but around the area. I was working at the time and I decided that when I retired this is what I wanted to do, this is kind of what I wanted to grow up to be. I wanted to be a CUMAC volunteer. They do wonderful things with wonderful people and it's amazing to see how many lives they touch."
Whether you volunteer once a week or once a year, your time makes a difference. Thanks to all the volunteers, old and new, who are fighting hunger with us. Our work wouldn't be possible without you!
Want to help CUMAC feed people & change lives? Call (973-742-5518) our office or check out our volunteer page.