Q&A With Our Volunteer Coordinator

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Kayann, CUMAC’s Volunteer Coordinator, loves what she does! Every day you can find her working side by side with our volunteers on a variety of projects, helping ensure that thousands of our neighbors have the resources they need to stay healthy and hunger-free. We sat down with Kayann to talk about volunteering and why spending your time with CUMAC matters. Check it out…

Q: What's a day in the life of CUMAC's volunteer coordinator like?

A: Very busy and no two days are the same. I get to open the eyes of volunteers to the needs of our clients and how they can make a difference just by giving a few hours of their time.

Q: What's your favorite part about being our volunteer coordinator?

A: I get to meet new and interesting people that share my passion for helping others. And I get to spread the word about the issues that are usually downplayed, such as working families that still cannot make ends meet.

Q: What are some of the challenges you face?

A: My greatest challenge has been having the right amount of volunteers to get everything done or not having enough projects to go around. The flow in the warehouse changes from day to day and sometimes hour to hour so flexibility is a must.

One of CUMAC’s community partners wrapping up a day of volunteering

One of CUMAC’s community partners wrapping up a day of volunteering

Q: What are some of the benefits of volunteering?

A: Volunteering takes you away from your problems and gives you perspective when you see what others struggle with. It gets you out and moving and socializing with people and it’s a great way to network.

Kayann working with a volunteer on one of CUMAC’s daily sorting projects in our warehouse.

Kayann working with a volunteer on one of CUMAC’s daily sorting projects in our warehouse.

Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?

A: Volunteering is the easiest and most hands on way anyone can make a difference regardless of age and abilities. Even the smallest task can help someone in need.

Q: What does CUMAC mean to you?

A: CUMAC means hope in sometimes hopeless situations. Most of all, it means family. CUMAC has turned all my hardships into victories since I can now use what I’ve been through to help others.

Q: For anyone thinking about getting involved, why should they volunteer with CUMAC?

A: They should volunteer with us because CUMAC is one of a kind. We look beyond our client’s need of food to understand why they need the help in the hopes that we can help them get to a place where they don’t need us anymore.

Q: What are some ways people can help out this month?

A: CUMAC is forming more and more partnerships to get fresh produce into the hands of those who need it most and we are rescuing more food than ever. This means that we need more hands sorting the produce and groceries so we can distribute.

volunteers help sort and distribute apples like these every day to ensure that our hungry neighbors have nutritious food to bring home.

volunteers help sort and distribute apples like these every day to ensure that our hungry neighbors have nutritious food to bring home.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share?

Please don’t wear your favorite shoes or clothing, the warehouse is fun but messy work. There is always laughter and sometimes dancing because we take what we do seriously but we don’t take ourselves too seriously!

Want to help Kayann feed people & change lives? Call (973-742-558) or e-mail our team to get started. Every hour of your time makes a difference! See a list of our greatest volunteer needs.