These nonprofits are addressing complex problems in the city of Paterson. Each organization provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of our community. Whether it's addiction recovery, skills training, early life and education, food and housing, or a combination, each organization serves vital needs for our neighbors and is making a real impact on our city.

This #GivingTuesday, we decided to partner together so that you, our supporters, know that you are making a difference on many levels.

Please take a moment to learn more about the work of each organization, and we hope you will decide to make a gift to one or more of these causes on #GivingTuesday. And thanks to a generous match of up to $25,000 from M&T Bank, your contributions to each of our missions will have double the impact!

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Special thanks to our Matching Gift Sponsor

CUMAC's mission is to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson and northern NJ. CUMAC’s programs include a Food Pantry that serves over 3,000 individuals monthly, a Food Depot that handles nearly 2 million pounds of food and resources annually for over 50 partner nonprofits, the Community Food Coalition that supports over 30 member food pantries, the Community Closet that provides disaster relief, the Pathways to Work program that offers job training to those seeking gainful employment, and Place of Promise, a permanent supportive housing program for the chronically homeless. For more information visit CUMAC's website.

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is dedicated to creating opportunities to transform lives within the Great Falls Neighborhood of Paterson, NJ. NJCDC is a non-profit community development and social service agency focusing on youth services, community and economic development, education, and affordable housing initiatives. Founded in 1994, NJCDC serves over 2,000 children, teens and families daily, and strives to fulfill its vision that all 8,000 children living in the Great Falls neighborhood will reach adulthood college and career ready. For more information, visit the NJCDC website.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 70 countries. Leaders in Paterson started a local Habitat for Humanity in 1984 to serve the Paterson and Passaic county area. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

Students celebrate the end of the school year at our annual Empowerment Ceremony.

Students celebrate the end of the school year at our annual Empowerment Ceremony.

Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children offers women and children an integrated network of antipoverty services. Each day, we provide some 700 women and children with educational and vocational courses and a range of services to meet their immediate basic needs--meals, food pantry bags, clothing, baby supplies, and psychosocial support. By addressing the multiple problems associated with poverty, we help women and children break the cycle of poverty and become economically self-sufficient. Since 1997, Oasis -- A Haven for Women and Children has been transforming lives. Please visit our website to learn more: the Oasis website.


Eva’s Village has established a model for breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and addiction through our unique approach. Over the past 36 years, we have built a community of recovery and support services located on a 3-block campus in downtown Paterson, NJ. Each year we serve thousands of men, women, and children through 20+ interconnected programs that address each individual's basic needs, as well as complex issues around addiction, mental illness, chronic homelessness, and lack of job training. "Our success is measured in lives...reclaimed, renewed, and reborn." To learn more, visit our website.

Founded in 1990, St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation (SPCDC) is a non-profit organization serving 7,000+ men, women and children throughout Paterson and Passaic County, NJ. The social services provided help support the basic needs for food and shelter, but also job training, education, and counseling. SPCDC operates on a Paradigm of Hope providing a “hand up” and not a “handout” to those in need. All that we do is supported by our mission to serve as an agent of hope, partnering with others to provide need-driven services that improve the quality of life and encourage greater self-sufficiency. For more information, visit their website.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic offers a safe, wholesome after school environment for kids age 5 through 18 to have fun and learn. Our professional staff and team of dedicated volunteers and mentors deliver and comprehensive array of high quality educational, social, and recreational programs.  

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Your support helps the Y deliver on our commitment:  

To nurture the potential of youth through building confidence at camp, academic enrichment in safe afterschool programs, or foundational skills and values in our child care programs;

To improve the nation’s health and well-being through combating obesity and chronic disease by providing the support and resources people need to make positive change

To give back and support our neighbors by empowering people with the resources to improve their lives and connect and contribute to the community, such as with job training, housing, newcomer services and opportunities to advocate for social change

To offer programs and services to children, adults and families who need financial assistance

You may designate your donation to specific YMCA of Paterson Center or make a general donation

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Established in 2007, New Destiny Family Success Center uses the proven two generation approach to holistically strengthen the family unit – cultivating families where parents thrive and children flourish.  Our mission is to foster healthy families from diverse backgrounds, reducing isolation and building community.   Serving over 1,700 families annually,  we serve as a one-stop shop connecting families and individuals to resources while providing free monthly parent-child bonding activities, parent training, access to healthcare/child care, life skills training, employment readiness, basic computer, nutrition and healthy lifestyles training. 

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