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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.

Be Counted! Be Heard! Speak Up! Vote!


Respond to Census by Sept 30 | Register by Oct 5

Important deadlines are approaching. You must be counted, be heard, speak up & vote.


BE COUNTED

  • Respond to the US Census, by THIS Wednesday, September 30
  • To start, click HERE

BE HEARD

  • Register to Vote, by Monday, October 5
    • To register or to check your registration, click HERE
  • Vote Early. Voting begins on Tuesday, October 6
    • To find your sites & times, click HERE

SPEAK UP


Who’s That Masked Donor? FUNdraiser

Immigration Clinic Fundraising Event



What It’s All About

Who’s That Masked Donor? is a fundraiser using social media with the purpose of challenging friends, family, colleagues, and/or fellow organizations to support immigrants on the front lines of the response to COVID 19 by giving to the LUM Immigration Clinic.


When

  • Now through Thursday, November 5

What Can You Do?

  • Get your friends and family involved. Make it collaborative! Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, and challenge others to do so as well. We need your help to show them our support during this particularly vulnerable time.

Show Your Support

  • Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic
  • Don your favorite mask or one that you create. Have fun & get creative!
  • Make a sign that supports immigrants — along the lines of “I support LUM Immigration Clinic
  • Take a Photo & post it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using #LUMPOH
  • Encourage others to do the same

Text LUMPOH to 41444 to donate -OR- click the button below to donate online.

Please also save the date for two other Immigration Clinic fundraisers — the Port of Hope virtual experience (Thursday, November 5) and Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). For more information on these Immigration Clinic events, click HERE.

LUM Students Reap Benefits of Garden

LUM Summer Students Build a Vegetable Garden

When parents pick up their children from the LUM After School Program they are able to take home vegetables that were grown by the LUM students. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engaged in a garden project that gave them many opportunities for experiential learning. Now these freshly grown vegetables are being shared with the students’ families. This was such a rewarding project, and the students loved being a part of it. 

If you would like to invest in this project and the LUM Youth Programs, please make a donation today. If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs Director (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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After School Program

Hunger Hike – Historic Event During COVID-19


$112,000+ Raised So Far! You Still May Give!

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Hunger Hike 2020 was a tremendous success — concluding with a remote event this past Sunday (September 20) — the “Livestream.”

It featured the traditional Zumba Warm Up from Studio b Dance & Fitness, the National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley, and a benediction by Bishop Timothy Doherty. It also featured remarks from local dignitaries Mayors John Dennis & Tony Roswarski, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker. Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik, and their teams made an appearance. The Livestream also offered entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group and magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.  

For decades, Hunger Hike has raised awareness for issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and raised funds in excess of $2 million to support food & nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Thanks to YOU, the participants & sponsors, for supporting Hunger Hike this historic year. And YES! You still may donate to Hunger Hike, a Hunger Hike Team, or a “Hiker.” 

To donate by text, text HHIKE to 41444

Hunger Hike is one of longest running & well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Hunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

Donate to Hunger Hike |  Hunger Hike Team | “Hiker” |


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Hunger Hike

Harrison Kiwanis Club Donates $300 to LUM


State Rep Sheila Klinker Delivers $300 Check

Early one morning this past week, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker delivered a $300 donation from the Harrison Kiwanis Club to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). The Harrison Kiwanis Club is part of a global community of clubs, members and partners in 80 countries and geographic areas dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

This gift will be used to offer assistance to families in our community, including the support of the LUM Youth Programs. LUM is grateful to all of the members of the Harrison Kiwanis Club, especially Representative Klinker, for their continued support of LUM. If you, your group or organization would like to invest in the children & families served by LUM, click the button below to donate or email lum@lumserve.org.

WLHS Girls Soccer Team Donates Food Items


Local Girls Soccer Teams Host Food Drive

The West Lafayette High School Girls Soccer Team donated food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Earlier this semester, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) coordinated a community-wide food drive to benefit LUM. The West Lafayette team captains, Ava Doty, Catalina Posada & Gretchen Bauman, delivered their food items to LUM this week (pictured).

Join us in thanking the West Lafayette Girls Soccer team for their donation and wish them luck as they face Kokomo at the Senior Night game tonight. If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Five Local HS Girls Soccer Teams Support LUM

Food Donated to the LUM Protein Food Pantry

In addition to preparing to go back to school and train for their upcoming competition season, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) took the time to coordinate a food drive. Last week, the student leader athletes and coaches delivered a truckload of food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. During this pandemic, donations of food items are greatly appreciated because the need is so great.

In 2020, so far, the LUM Protein Food Pantry has distributed food 1,254 times to 360 local families impacting 3,739 individuals, 147 families with children and 27 families with infants.

Join us in thanking the McCutcheon team for coordinating the effort, and all of these local student leader athletes for their support of the families and children in our community with their donation to LUM. They are as follows:

  • Central Catholic – Hailey Fallen, Caroline Lutz & Mayah Love
  • Harrison – Zylee Saunders, Lydia Gonzalez, Kenzie Sharp & Lexi Fraley
  • Jefferson – Guadalupe Villegas, Alexia Hernandez & Ashanti Bravo
  • McCutcheon – Addyson Garrett, Kaleigh Scheumann & Katie Buckles

If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org. {Please note: The West Lafayette High School girls soccer team also participated but have not been able to deliver their donation yet.}

Hunger Hike 2020 is HERE!


Join us for the Hunger Hike Livestream which will included the traditional Zumba Warm Up led by Miss Brooke from Studio b Dance & Fitness, US National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley and benediction by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. It also will feature remarks from local dignitaries, Mayors Tony Roswarski John Dennis, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker as well as the Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik. The Livestream will also offer entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group & magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.

Let’s not forget though that Hunger Hike is a fundraising event to address the issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and aims to raise funds to support food and nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

Join us in “Unmasking Hunger” – and here’s how:


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


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Hunger Hike

Celebrate US Constitution Day – TODAY


Celebrate US Constitution Day – TODAY

On this date in 1787, the delegates to the US Constitutional Convention signed the US Constitution. LUM encourages you to observe Constitution Day, an important day in our nation’s history, by doing the four things listed below. Show your love for the United States of America and the blessings of freedom that were secured for us on this day.


Here are “4 Ways To Celebrate Constitution Day.”

  1. BE COUNTEDRespond to the US Census, by 9/30. To start, click HERE
  2. VOTE – Register to Vote, by 10/5. To register or to check your registration, click HERE
  3. SPEAK UPCall & tweet Senators Young & Braun (202-224-3121; @SenToddYoung; @SenatorBraun) and ask them to Support extending the COVID Relief Package including expanding unemployment benefits, increasing SNAP benefits, expanding housing assistance, making the Child Tax Credit fully available, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and expanding the Families First Paid Leave Program.
  4. LEARN Listen to a Reading of the US Constitution featuring Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director emeritus & former state representative (pictured). To view this reading, click HERE.

Happy US Constitution Day! And may God continue to bless these United States of America.

Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

LAFAYETTE Meijer – Friday & Saturday

TODAY, Friday, September 11, & Saturday, September 12 – Double Your Donation & Double Your Impact!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS

Go to the LAFAYETTE Meijer supermarket (4901 SR 26 E, Lafayette IN) & purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards upon checkout & Meijer will donate “food cards” to LUM for DOUBLE the amount of your gift. LUM then fills the Protein Food Pantry with fresh and nutritious food for local families in need. During COVID-19, food insecurity has increased locally impacting your neighbors and their children.

Please give if you are able – and take advantage of the Simply Give – Double Match Days (Friday, September 11 & Saturday, September 12) at the LAFAYETTE Meijer.