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New Year’s Resolution –
Leave a Personal Legacy

What better goal for this NEW year than to create your own personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry.Giving to Lafayette Urban Ministry is a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you (the donor) and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan or cash, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM.

We hope you would consider a legacy gift that would support Lafayette Urban Ministry in your plans. Meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Once you’re ready, let us know. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, is eager to meet with you to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your giving goals of supporting LUM. Simply email or call Joe Micon to begin the process ( | 765-423-2691).

More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.

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LUM Has “Flipped the Switch” to Solar Energy

The LUM Solar Energy Project is complete and the switch was flipped to solar energy at a special ceremony.The “Flip the Switch” Ceremony was well attended, and our guests witnessed an historic milestone for LUM. The students enrolled in the LUM After School Program were also in attendance to help “flip the switch” and to learn more about solar energy in an interactive presentation led by Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

Not only did our guests see the new steel roof, solar panels, utility boxes and online energy monitor but they also met our donors, grant providers, and contractors. Light refreshments were served.

In late December, the solar panels were installed on the new steel roof on the LUM Office building — completing the final stage of the LUM Solar Energy Project. The installation was done by the team at Jefferson Electric of Indianapolis.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

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