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About Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 40 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette, Indiana's needy children and families.

LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – All Are Welcome

The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 people will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


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Has HUNGER HIKE Reached Its Goal? NOT Yet!

The Need is Great – So, Fundraising Continues
So far, more than 92% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. Won’t you please make a donation allowing LUM, Food Finders & St. Thomas Aquinas to continue to offer important food & nutrition programs?
 
Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach the goal:
 
  1. Make a Donation NOW, click HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or Team, click HERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. If you are fundraising and have a First Giving page or team — send out another appeal to your friends, click HERE
  4. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – (1 for $10 | 2/$15 | 6/$30) – To get yours, email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.
 
Special THANKS to every donor, fundraiser, church, team, and event sponsor for your support. Let’s work together to reach $100,000 this year. And thanks.
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Thanksgiving Morning

Fundraiser for LUM benefiting Local Families

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.
Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave,West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth (under 13)
  • Register: click HERE 
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area. View route map HERE.
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


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LUM’s Impact – So Far This Year – 2019

Each year, when we return from a successful Hunger Hike event, we realize that it’s October and time to focus on our fall & winter programs. The LUM staff members are already focused on Jubilee ChristmasPort of Hope, the Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run!

It is also a time to reflect on the positive impact that LUM has had on the families, children and individuals in our community. So far this year, 3,160 different low-income households have been served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, helped the homeless become self-sufficient, supported the legal immigrant — by giving HOPE & HELP to the often faceless and voiceless.

Here is a better snapshot of LUM’s impact to date:

All of this is due to the faithful work carried on every day and night by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Thanks to your friendship and generous support, LUM continues to make our community a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the remainder of 2019 by participating in one of our upcoming events, volunteering, or by giving a financial gift! God bless you for all you do that allows LUM to make a difference with the families in our community.


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LUM Solar Panels – Update

Energy Savings So Far – Eight Month Report

Autumn is approaching and the days are getting shorter, but there is still hope that solar energy will be good. The LUM Solar Energy Initiative launched about eight months ago, and to date, the LUM Office building has generated over $3,902 worth of electricity, the equivalent of 26.32 megawatts of solar energy. Thanks to LUM, 40,757 pounds of carbon dioxide were NOT emitted, the equivalent of 1,027 trees being planted.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the savings to LUM could be $5,000 per year. The LUM September 2019 energy bill was $303.07 less than last year’s. This savings include a 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. Hopefully there will be several days this fall with bright sun and clear skies, and the amount of energy generated daily will be substantial.

Stay tuned for more updates in the future.

LUM Executive Director Spoke to Optimist Club

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, spoke yesterday at the weekly meeting of the local Lafayette Noon Optimist Club of Optimist International service organization.
The Lafayette Noon Optimists have supported LUM Camp by sponsoring campers each year for several consecutive years. LUM Camp matches the Optimists International’s goals of sponsoring programs that “educate youth, develop character through projects and encourage good sportsmanship and citizenship.”

Joe had a great visit with the members and was given an opportunity to share the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM is grateful to the members of the local club for their continued support of LUM and LUM Camp.

{Pictured with Joe Micon is Tom Ganz, past president of the Lafayette Noon Optimist Club.}


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Seasonal Flavor #4 – Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas – Making Parents the Heroes

LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and under, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.
Jubilee Christmas details are as follows:

  • DatesJubilee Christmas Day – Saturday, December 14
  • Times: Part 1 – Noon – 2 p.m.; Part 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Other Dates/Times
    Open Registration – Monday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. (volunteers need) 
    Donation Center Open – December 2-10, 1-5 p.m. (volunteers need)
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • Host Sites: if your church or group would like to become a “host site,” click HERE for more information
  • Family Registration information: if you wish to refer a family to participate, click HERE
  • For More information: go to lumserve.org/jubilee-christmas

VOLUNTEERS are need on Monday, October 21 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from December 2-10 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavor #3 – Turkey Trot 5K

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Fundraiser for LUM Programs

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.
Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth (under 13)
  • Register: click HERE 
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area. View route map HERE.
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavor #2 – Community Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – All Are Welcome

The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 people will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.
Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


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Thanksgiving Celebration

Seasonal Flavor #1 – Port of Hope

Immigration Clinic Fundraiser – November 7

Port of Hope is an exciting fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The program includes hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music, a Market Place with unique experiences, and a cash bar.
Port of Hope details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 7
  • Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: Lafayette Brewing Co., 622 Main St., Lafayette
  • Tickets: $50 per person – to purchase tickets, click HERE
  • Volunteer – to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/port-of-hope

If you are not able to attend you may make a donation directly to the LUM Immigration Clinic. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | immigration@lumserve.org).


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