Category Archives: LUM Staff

LUM Tax Assistance – Tremendous Positive Impact


LUM Tax Assistance Volunteers Reflect & Celebrate


Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for lunch at Walt’s Pub & Grill to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $906,444 – Total Refunds
  • $811,362 – Total Federal Refunds; $95,082 – Total State Refunds
  • 522 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $253,200 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,502 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Attending the celebratory lunch (pictured L to R) were Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Patti O’Callaghan; Andrea Schmidt; Rob Patrick; Ben Murphy, Tax Assistant Program director; and Ron Smith.


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LUM Outreach – Faith Presbyterian Worship



This past Sunday, Joe Micon participated in Worship Service & Mission event at Faith Presbyterian Church, West Lafayette. Not only did he have an opportunity to educate and update on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs, but Joe was also able to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers (pictured). It is a testament to the love and support LUM receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Faith Presbyterian Church. {Pictured L to R are Joe Micon, Ron Smith, Deb Fleetham, Pastor David Horner, Lonni Kucik, Mike Lockwood, Jane Stewart & John Miller, seated.}

{Pictured are Ron Smith, Pastor David Horner, Joe Micon & Jane Stewart.}


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE.

Former Camper Named LUM Camp Assistant Director


Dear Friend,

I want to share an amazing story with you today. It’s about a little girl who has been to LUM Camp 17 times! Marlena Edmondson first came to camp in 1997 when she was 8 years old. If you could only have seen the joy on her face as she experience LUM Camp with her brand new friends. Marlena eagerly returned to LUM Camp each summer until she reached age 11 and was too old to attend. She then returned at age 16 junior camp counselor. When she turned 18, Marlena returned to LUM Camp as one of our staff of 24 senior camp counselors.

Marlena credits LUM Camp as the reason she chose to study social work in college and to go on to earn her Master’s Degree. She gives back for all the ways her family was helped during difficult times. It is why she now works full-time with at-risk children as a school social worker in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. And it is why she has returned each July to spend the entire week with our LUM Campers.

Marlena Edmondson first attended LUM Camp because someone, like YOU, cared enough to share a campership. Through the years she has nurtured and turned that gift into a brighter future, and has shared it with countless other children. And this year, I am happy to report that Marlena has been named Assistant Director of LUM Camp and will play an even greater role in impacting the lives of our campers!



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LUM Camp 2018 – Sponsor a Camper


Sponsor a Local Child to Attend LUM CAMP 2018  

Dear Friends —

At LUM Camp 2018, we’ll hunt for fireflies, sing around campfires, play flashlight tag and even provide our campers with a grand fireworks display on the last night of camp!

Our plans for LUM Camp 2018 are a big order – and that’s why I am writing to you. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp for 8, 9 and 10 year old boys and girls. We only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150+ per child cost of most other summer camps. I am hoping that you will consider a gift of $150 to send a local child to LUM Camp 2018.

Your “campership” will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, supplies and all of our science programs and educators – everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.

  • Sending $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide one-half of a campership

Please, will you help me? Working together, we can offer this life-changing experience to another group of LUM campers this summer. Through your kindness today, you can have a positive impact upon a child for years to come.


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LUM Camp 2018 Theme – Let Your Light Shine


The 2018 LUM Camp theme is “Let Your Light Shine!”  

LUM Camp staff members will teach our campers about the science of light…

  • Why are some stars red and some blue?
  • Which light bulbs use the least amount of energy?
  • What causes a red sunset?
  • How does a prism work?
  • What causes lightning to flash and thunder to clap?
  • What are ultraviolet and infrared light?
  • What makes a cat’s eyes shine at night?
  • Can you see the Northern Lights in Indiana?

Our campers will meet scientists and educators from Purdue University, West Lafayette, who know the answers to these and countless other questions. They will engage each child’s natural curiosity with loads of hands-on activities and projects.


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Former Camper — Now LUM Camp Assistant Director

Summer 2018

Dear Friend,

I want to share an amazing story with you today. It’s about a little girl who has been to LUM Camp 17 times!

Marlena Edmondson first came to camp in 1997 when she was 8 years old. If you could only have seen the joy on her face as she stepped off the bus and took in all that was going on around her – the camp counselors in their brightly colored t-shirts, the rustic cabin in the woods with her very own bunk bed, Marlena’s first lunch in the camp dining hall, all those goofy camp songs – and a whole camp full of brand new friends!

Marlena joyously returned to LUM Camp each summer until she reached age 11 and was too old to attend. But after that, she dreamed of the day she could return to camp as a junior counselor. If you’ve ever felt that you were missing out on something big and important in life, you understand how Marlena felt each summer as she watched her younger brother and sister hop on the LUM Camp bus without her!

Not everyone gets to be a LUM Camp junior counselor. We only accept 5 applications each year. But when Marlena turned 16 years old, her application was the first one we accepted! When she turned 18, Marlena returned to LUM Camp as one of our staff of 24 senior camp counselors.

By now, LUM Camp was in Marlena’s blood! She knew first-hand how life-changing a week of LUM Camp was. Surrounded by caring adults, in a supportive environment, a child can’t help but grow in confidence and self-esteem. It is less scary to try new things when everyone else is trying them together. LUM Camp makes learning fun!

Marlena credits LUM Camp as the reason she chose to study social work in college and to go on to earn her Master’s Degree. She wanted to give back for all the ways her family was helped during difficult times. It is why she now works full-time with at-risk children as a school social worker in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. And it is why she has returned each July to spend the entire week with our LUM Campers.



Every morning at LUM Camp begins with chapel. Then it is on to a full day of hiking, riding horses, boating, swimming, arts and entertainment. LUM Camp is known for its great food, outstanding facilities, experienced staff and counselors and enough singing, skits and activities to make our camp fun and memorable for every child who attends!

Our theme this year is “Let Your Light Shine!” We will teach our campers about the science of light…

  • Why are some stars red and some blue?
  • Which light bulbs use the least amount of energy?
  • What causes a red sunset?
  • How does a prism work?
  • What causes lightning to flash and thunder to clap?
  • What is ultraviolet and infrared light?
  • What makes cat’s eyes shine at night?
  • Can you see the Northern Lights in Indiana?

Our campers will meet scientists and educators from Purdue who know the answers to these and countless other questions. They will engage each child’s natural curiosity with loads of hands-on activities and projects.

We’ll hunt for fireflies, sing around campfires, play flashlight tag and even provide our campers with a grand fireworks display on the last night of camp! Our plans for LUM Camp 2018 are a big order – and that’s why I am writing to you.

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp for 8, 9 and 10 year old boys and girls. We only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150/child cost of camp. I am hoping that you will consider a gift of $150 to send a child to LUM Camp.

Your campership will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, supplies and all of our science programs and educators – everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.

  • Sending $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide one-half of a campership

Please, will you help me? Working together, we can offer this life-changing experience to another group of LUM campers this summer. Through your kindness today, you can have a positive impact upon a child for years to come. 


Marlena Edmondson first attended LUM Camp in 1998 because someone, like you, cared enough to share a LUM Camp campership. Through the years she has nurtured that gift, turned it into a brighter future for herself, and shared it with countless other children. And this year, I am happy to report that Marlena has been named Assistant Director of LUM Camp and will play an even greater role in touching the lives of our campers!

LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere. It will take place during the week of July 29 at beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County. I know of nearly 100 children who are waiting for the chance to attend. Please, won’t you offer them the gift of LUM Camp?

PS — It costs $150 to send a child to LUM Camp.


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March for Our Lives


The latest blog post from Jud Dolphin

jud green borderJud Dolphin is the immediate past executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, who periodically publishes an article on his blog.

His most recent post is timely and insightful. Please read Jud’s latest piece, “March for Our Lives” and let him know what you think. In the article, Jud shares,

“It’s sobering, but I’m encouraged to see so many Gen-Xers and Millennials. They greatly outnumbered us Baby Boomers. I think leadership for positive social change is being passed forward. New leaders. New energy. These young adults are so savvy. They know how to use technology, build inclusive coalitions and engage Americans to become more active citizens.”


To READ Jud Dolphin’s article online — click HERE.


Jud Dolphin was the LUM Executive Director from 1978 to 1990. After 40 years working with social change organizations, he retired and then joined the US Peace Corps. From 2009 to 2011, he served in Konotop, Ukraine. In 2015 to 2016, he served in Skopje, Macedonia as an organizational development specialist. Jud lives in Washington, DC where he is enjoying family and friends, creating art and volunteering for positive social change.

Remembering The Rev. Martin Luther King


LUM Participates in Local March for Dr. King

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Tippecanoe County Public Library organized the MLK 50 March, a commemorative sidewalk march to remember the 50th anniversary of the death of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — and LUM was honored to have a small part in the program.

The sidewalk march began at the Hanna Center and ended at the Tippecanoe County Public Library. At the library individuals who remember this day shared their personal stories. At precisely 6:01 p.m., the time when Dr. King died, there was a solemn observance along with the tolling of the bells (50 times) at Central Presbyterian Church. The event was closed with a bit of poetry and socializing.

LUM staff members, board members, and After School Program students participated in the march and program. Shuttle buses were provided courtesy of Lafayette Urban Ministry before and after the program to assist participants with parking. To view more PHOTOS of the event, click HERE.

{Pictured above L to R with the LUM After School Program students are Tiffany Finch-King, LUM Teacher’s Aide; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; and David Heckert, LUM shelter director.}

LUM Summer Program Needs Teachers


Full-time | Summer (May 29-Aug 3) | Paid

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is seeking applications for two Teachers.

The positions are full-time, paid ($15 per hour). Teachers are needed from May 29 – August 3, Monday – Friday, 8-hour shifts (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Bachelor’s degree in Education is required, and duties include supervising and teaching 40 children, pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

Qualified candidates should Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter including a teaching philosophy to the LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 | abajzatt@lumserve.org ).

LUM Converting Light Bulbs – Saving Energy


LUM Maintenance Director Replacing 882 Bulbs

In a project to save energy and save money, LUM is in the process of replacing 882 florescent bulbs with LED light bulbs.

The details of the project are as follows:

  • Total bulbs = 882
  • Cost = $6,870
  • Rebate = $4 per bulb = $3,528
  • Savings = 1/3 of our current energy
  • Savings = ~$5,500 per year

Thanks to Nate Gick (pictured), LUM Maintenance Director, for coordinating the entire project including purchasing, replacing bulbs, rewiring each unit, removing ballasts, making repairs as needed & recycling old bulbs and ballasts.


If your church or nonprofit could use our old bulbs and ballasts, please email or call LUM (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). Available are 300 – 2 foot florescent bulbs; 400 – 4 foot florescent bulbs; and 200 working electrical florescent ballasts.