The local nonprofit group CUMAC received a $20,000 grant award from NEC Foundation of America for a new security system.
Funds will be used to purchase and install systems upgrades to better secure its 28,000 square-foot facility in Paterson.
“The entire CUMAC team is honored to be the recipients of an Empowerment Grant from NEC Foundation of America,” Mark Dinglasan, executive director of CUMAC, said. “As we continue to make a difference in Paterson and Northern New Jersey, it is truly a game changer to have inspiring volunteers and supporters like the employees of NEC Financial Services that give so freely of their time, talent and treasure to our mission.”
NEC Financial Services of Saddle Brook provides technology financing and leasing. Employees who volunteered at CUMAC recommended the nonprofit for the grant, according to Jeremy Strauss, vice president, NEC Foundation of America.
“We hope this grant will assist CUMAC in their continued support of those in need,” Strauss.
CUMAC’s food pantry serves over 3,000 individuals every month. It handles 2 million pounds of food for a network of 50 agencies. It also runs a thrift shop and has a pathway to work program for job training.
“CUMAC is extremely grateful to our friends at NEC for their extraordinary generosity. Their support will help to ensure that our programs are able to provide for those who need us most now and in the years to come,” said Stephanie Ames, development director at CUMAC, said.