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LUM Tax Assistance Program
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Impressive Stats So Far

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In just five weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  •  Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 400
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $390,982
  • Total Education Tax Credit – $5,016
  • Total Refund Amount – $790,310

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who
make this important LUM program such a success each year. At LUM, taxpayers get one-on
-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes at no charge. The 2015
LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Sandra Dunn-El (pictured above). Call
765.423.2691 for more information.

Meet a LUM Tax Assistance Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the LUM Income Tax Assistance Program — and we’d like you to meet one of our superstars — Ann Pellegrino.

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Originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, Ann graduated from Middlebury College (Vermont) before ending up in the mid-west. She lives in Lafayette with her husband, Lou. Ann & Lou have two grown daughters & three grandsons.

She is a retired professional from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Ann administered programs in Gifted Education and later was an administrative assistant in a research laboratory in Biological Sciences.

As a volunteer tax preparer, Ann’s expertise is in preparing taxes for what the government classifies as “non-resident aliens.” About 75% of her tax clients are international students from Purdue. Ann has been a dedicated volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance Program for over six years and has over 15 years experience in preparing taxes.

Ann shared that “it’s just so much fun. I enjoy working with the clients and figuring it out like one big puzzle. I love volunteering because I get to meet and work with very interesting people from all over the world.”

A tremendous thank you to Ann and all of our LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers.

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Thanks from LUM
to First United Methodist Church & Car-X

This past Sunday afternoon, First United Methodist Church (West Lafayette) presented the 3rd Annual Music Ministries Concert in support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.


The Music Ministries Concert was a wonderful showcase of the tremendous talent in their music ministries. The live concert featured children, youth, adults, choral, instrumental, and hand bells performances.

Pictured below are Joe Micon, LUM executive director with Ellen Wilson, director of music and Rev. Dr. Glen Robyne, pastor of spiritual formation at First United Methodist Church.


Special thanks to everyone, especially the musicians, at First United Methodist Church for their continued support of LUM.


Recently a generous individual donated a used vehicle to Lafayette Urban Ministry. The car needed a bit of attention — and the professionals at Car-X Tire & Auto Service stepped up and donated their services to LUM.

This donation from Car-X was perfect and enabled LUM to get the most out of this vehicle donation.

Car-X Tire & Auto Service has been locally owned and operated since 1987 by Steve and Lisa Zarnow. Car-X has two locations in the Greater Lafayette area to better serve the residents of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Car-X can do most any auto repairs. Please give them a call for a FREE inspection. Car-X is also offering a 10% discount on all repairs (up to $50) to you for just mentioning this article. See a Car-X manager for details.

Car-X Tire & Auto Service

  • 2320 Sagamore Parkway South, Lafayette; 765-474-1466
  • 1223 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette; 765-497-1499