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LUM Income Tax Assistance in Full Swing

Impressive Program Statistics So Far

In just over a month, 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 – 206
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $105,749
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income – $21,823
  • Total Refund Amount – $362,503

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 2018 LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Josh Prokopy (pictured above).


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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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LUM Volunteers Receive Service Award

Provonshas Honored for Work with LUM Students

Two LUM volunteers were awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service by Chris Morrisey-Vizza from Star City Broadcasting. Arwin & Judy Provonsha are being honored for their work with the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program.

Arwin, the “Bug Guy,” has a Master’s degree in Science and was a professor in Entomology at Purdue University for 42 years. Judy has a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a minor in Biology. She worked for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation for 40 years. Arwin & Judy have volunteered with the After School Program since 2014 and are currently featured in the LUM promotional video, “Giving Help, Giving Hope.

LUM and our students are so very fortunate to have such loving, talented and hard working volunteers like Judy & Arwin – “giving help & giving hope.” To view the video story, produced by Star City Broadcasting, featuring the Provonshas accepting this prestigious award, click HERE.


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Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board


LUM Executive Council 2019


Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2018 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Rev. Kevin Bowers, PersonnelBethany Presbyterian Church
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, TreasurerTrinity United Methodist Church
  • Tangie Armstrong, SecretaryWord of Life Fellowship
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & EvaluationFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another fruitful year!

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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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

Cook Medical – Day of Service with LUM

Recently, members of the staff at Cook Medical (West Lafayette) volunteered an entire day at LUM. They worked very hard cleaning and winterizing all of the LUM properties.

LUM is grateful for local businesses like Cook Medical, whose leadership encourages their staff members to get engaged in the community making our community better and our families stronger.

If you or your business is interested in volunteering with LUM, email lum@lumserve.org and go to lumserve.org/volunteer.

Thank you, Cook Medical!

Jubilee Christmas The Happiest Day of the Year


Jubilee Christmas Served 640 Local Families & 1,831 Local Children


The 38th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas Program took place this past Saturday (December 8) at 27 different events throughout Lafayette/West Lafayette.  Thirty churches along with Sigma Chi Fraternity at Purdue, numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 640 local households impacting 1,820 local children.

Jubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes, rather than providing gifts to children at a large party or having volunteers deliver toys directly to the home. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time.

On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, parents arrived at their designated Jubilee Christmas site.  Greeters welcomed and introduced them to their hosts for the day. Parents then began to select toys, clothing and stocking stuffers for their children. Volunteers helped the parents wrap gifts. Each family also received a food card, homemade Christmas cookies and a holiday ham.

A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally. LUM will also see as a result of this program fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.


Over $250,000 worth of toys and food were distributed; and it took over 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success this year.

Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals for a successful Jubilee Christmas. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. 


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Jubilee Christmas – the Happiest Day of the Year!

This Saturday (Dec. 8) is the happiest day of the year — Jubilee Christmas! At 27 different events across Tippecanoe County from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 658 local families will receive Christmas assistance impacting over 1,820 local children. Jubilee Christmas is a special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Participants will attend an event at one of our host sites and select new toys for their children. Each parent is assigned a host who will assist them in shopping and wrapping their gifts. Each family also receives a ham, a food gift card and homemade Christmas cookies to make their Christmas dinner more special.

DONATIONS – Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome. See below.

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VOLUNTEER Opportunities
Saturday, December 8
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Receive & sort toys
  • 2:15-5:30 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up

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Thank you & Merry Christmas!

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