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Spotlight on Tax Assistance Volunteers



The LUM Tax Assistance Program started this month and is in full swing! Volunteers are an integral part of this vital program, and today we put a spotlight on these superstars. Pictured L to R are Karen Marty, Andrea Schmidt, Ann Pellegrino, Josh Prokopy (director), Connie Decker and Marilyn Zerbes. Volunteers not pictured are Evie Griffin (intern), Patti O’Callaghan, Ron Smith, Rob Patrick, Tricia Sembroski, Ai Ai Lau, Carol Reisert, Tim Delworth and Bill Meinweiser. LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make it a success each year. Special thanks to ALL of the LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers this year.


Did you know?

  • At LUM, taxpayers get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes for them at no charge
  • You may also file your taxes online for FREE

For more information on the Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765.423.2691.


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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


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Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Purdue Crew’s donation to LUM from Row-A-Thon is one of the largest gifts each year. Row-A-Thon takes place all day in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall and check it out. Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

You may make a donation online, in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and send your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty; Head Coach David Kucik; and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu

LUM Baskets Wins – $400 Donated to LUM

Richelle in a HandBasket – “Let’s Bid!” Fundraiser

This week, Richelle from Richelle in a HandBasket presented Joe Micon, LUM executive director, with a check for $400. Richelle in a HandBasket in collaboration with Greater Lafayette Commerce coordinated a fundraiser in which individuals and companies were invited to bid on four gift baskets, each designed by a staff member of Greater Lafayette Commerce with a designated charitable organization. Kim Murray selected LUM as the charity for her basket — and it WON! Kim shared that she selected LUM because her children are enrolled in the LUM After School Program – and they love it!

Special thank you to Richelle in a HandBasket for coordinating the fundraising event and matching the highest bidder. Thanks also to Greater Lafayette Commerce, Kim Murray and the highest bidder, Dave Mecklenburg. To view the video of the check presentation, click the image above.

LUM Follies 2019 – Save the Date


Support Local Families in Crisis – Attend Follies

Save the Date for the 8th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person; $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction; 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment
Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691. If you wish to be an Event Sponsor, email or call us.

More ways to get involved in LUM Follies :

  • Corporate Sponsors — If you wish to be an event sponsor, please email us
  • Silent Auction Donations — If you or your company wishes to donate items to our silent auction, please email us

(765-423-2691 | pmalavenda@lumserve.org | www.lumserve.org/follies )


If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click:

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Make your Reservations TODAY!
Start the Follies Reservation process NOW, click HERE.

LUM Tax Assistance Program Starts Soon


Volunteers Are A Vital Part of LUM Tax Program

The LUM Tax Assistance Program will start on Saturday, February 2. Volunteers are an integral part of the LUM Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program also known as VITA. LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this vital LUM program such a success each year. Special thanks to ALL of the volunteers assisting with the LUM Tax Assistance Program this year.

Did you know?

  • At LUM, taxpayers get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes for them at no charge
  • If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2018, you may file your taxes online for FREE

For more information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765.423.2691.

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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is one of the largest donations each year.


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Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon takes place all day  in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall on Saturday, February 16 and check it out.

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2017, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,032 times and $115,314 was shared. (GSP 2018 stats coming soon.)

New Year’s Resolution – Leave a Legacy


Consider a Legacy Gift to LUM This Year

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 (jmicon@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.


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Volunteers Needed – Income Tax Assistance


Volunteers Needed – LUM Income Tax Assistance Program

Make a difference in your community by becoming a LUM tax volunteer. Volunteers are needed from Saturday, February 2 through Thursday, April 4 for the LUM Tax Assistance Program.

No experience is necessary — and training is provided. You may even qualify for continuing education credits. There are a number of volunteer roles available — click HERE to see descriptions. For tax preparers, some accounting experience is desired. In all tax volunteer roles, individuals who are bilingual, multi-lingual, and have international experience are helpful. As a LUM tax assistance volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years.

LUM strengthens our community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA, a nationwide IRS program, secures greater financial stability and economic opportunity for working families — and directly impacts OUR community. Your help will make a difference — and have a significant positive impact. If you are interested or need more information please click HERE or call or email Josh Prokopy (765-423-2691 | taxes@lumserve.org).

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Happy New Year to You & Your Family

Dear Friend,

Let’s take a moment this New Year to reflect and be THANKFUL — because there is so much to be thankful for.

At LUM, we’re thankful for YOU and each individual who contributed to the successes at LUM in 2018. May you have a blessed New Year full of family, success, friends, and service.

Gratefully yours,
LUM Board of Directors,
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, &
LUM staff members

It’s up to us, to be the change. And even though we all can still do more.
There’s so much to be thankful for.”


Thank You

  • For your generous financial support of the program & services of LUM

Thank You

Thank you for being a friend in 2018. LUM has impacted a significant number of children and families in our community this year because of YOU. What YOU do for LUM is so important for enabling us to accomplish our mission — and gives hope to families, encourages and educates children, and is a positive force in our community.
Thank you for choosing us as your community partner this year — there’s so much to be THANKFUL for!


THANKFUL

Somedays, we forget to look around us
Somedays, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way to late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And everyday, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each others light
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change, and
Even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for

~ David W Foster, Richard James Page &
Carole Bayer Sager

Levy Restaurants Host LUM Families

Holiday Feast | Family Fun | Basketball Tickets

Levy Restaurants at Purdue hosted LUM families and children, LUM staff, and LUM Board of Directors for a special holiday lunch at the Ross-Ade Pavilion with a spectacular view of Purdue campus and football stadium. Levy also gave everyone a ticket to the Purdue Women’s Basketball game, which followed the lunch.

The holiday feast included a full meal buffet, a dessert bar and beverages. During dinner the Levy Restaurants Director of Operations, Jeremy Wilkinson, and Purdue Deputy Athletics Director, Jason Buikofer, offered remarks. Buikofer thanked Levy Restaurants for the event & meal and Lafayette Urban Ministry for all the good work done for the community. He also brought stuffed animals for everyone in attendance and invited the families to Pre-game Family Activities in Holloway Gym.

The highlight of the event was the Christmas carols which were sung by the LUM students led by Derrick Williams-Bacon, LUM program aide. After dinner, a prayer was offered by Pastor Kevin Bowers of Bethany Presbyterian Church (Lafayette).

It truly was a wonderful holiday experience — great meal, entertainment, stuffed animals, basketball tickets, dessert and more. Thanks again to our host, the entire Purdue team at Levy Restaurants.

To view photos from this event, click HERE.