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About Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 47 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette, Indiana's needy children and families.

Congrats to Mady Kirts Lester, LUM Teacher


IU 2021 Graduate, Bachelor of Social Work

Mady Lester, right, with Carleigh Bennett, LUM teacher

The LUM staff members gathered last week to celebrate Mady Lester.

Mady just graduated from the Indiana University School of Social Work earning a bachelor of social work. Since Mady started at LUM in 2018 as an intern, she has earned an associates degree, gotten married, and earned a BSW. This fall, Mady will begin work on her Master of Social Work, also from IU.

LUM is thrilled to announce that Mady will continue to be a LUM teacher this summer with the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Mady’s experience, education and passion working with the students in the LUM Youth Programs. Please join us in congratulating her on her achievements and thanking her for her service to the children in our community through her work with LUM.


LUM Summer of Service – Covenant Church

Local High School Students Give Back Weekly

The high school youth group at Covenant Church, West Lafayette, recently volunteered with the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. They are scheduled to volunteer with the LUM students each Monday afternoon plus a few extra days in June. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM is very thankful for the help from these hard-working high school students from Covenant Church. Their commitment to getting involved in making this a better community for everyone is heartwarming and commendable.

If your group is interested in doing the same, here are Four Ways YOU can help with the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program:

  1. Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  2. Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  3. Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  4. Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

Summer of Service – Youth Program Needs

Volunteers Needed – LUM Camp & 5th Quarter

Volunteer opportunities with LUM Youth Programs this summer range from assisting students one-on-one any weekday to serving as a counselor at LUM Camp. Be an important person in the lives of children through the LUM Summer of Service. All they need is a willing heart and a helping hand. Below are two exciting opportunities to serve with local children.

LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10, from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Scores of local children will jump on a bus and head to Hanging Rock Camp from July 27 to 30. LUM Camp includes nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, wall-climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and caring staff and counselors.

LUM Camp—Counselors
Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, volunteers oversee a small group of children during a four-day, overnight camp and support them with all camp activities. Training is provided. More.

5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (summer child care) welcomes students all summer-long, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program includes math challenges, regular reading, experiential science labs, meals & snacks as well as recreation and fun. When the school year begins in the Fall, our students will be better prepared academically.

Child Care—Teacher’s Aides
Volunteers are needed each weekday (Monday-Friday) from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. to help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch; and supervise study trips. Training is provided. More.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

LUM Has Big Plans for the Summer 2021

Summer is the Perfect Time to Volunteer

Summer break is an exhilarating and liberating time of year. For some of the children, summer also means a lack of intellectual stimulation, little adventure, and inadequate nutrition. It is important to LUM to offer more learning, adventure, and nutritious food to children whose families lack the resources to make these happen.

Invest in local children with a donation to the LUM Youth Programs. Send children to LUM Camp for $200 per camper; or make a donation to 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which will provide a study trip, an art class, a science lab or a visit to a local pool or park. To learn more, please read the articles below or click HERE.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

5th Quarter Summer Students Have Returned


Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety

The LUM Youth Center is once again filled with life with the start of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Gift from the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club


Needed Items Donated from Local 4-H Club

Sarah & Greg Willoughby

The members of the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club recently collected needed items for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. In addition to much need items (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, facial tissues, shampoo, comb, body wash, disposable razor, lip balm & socks), each packet included a handwritten note of love and encouragement.

Greg Willoughby delivered a truckload of items to LUM with his daughter and 10-year 4-H member, Sarah Willoughby. Thank you to Greg and all of the members of Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club for this thoughtful gift.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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LUM Food Pantries

The Many Benefits of LUM Summer of Service

Civic Engagement – Give Lots & Receive Lots

Volunteering with LUM gives you the chance to have an immediate positive impact on individuals, children & families in your community, allowing you to see the fruits of your labor.

Civic engagement has benefits for you too. Volunteers often share that the experience expands their knowledge and understanding of others, gives them a sense of purpose, makes them happier, boosts their self-esteem, teaches them a new skillfires up their brain, and allows them to meet new people and build a community network.

So, follow your passion, find something that excites you, convince a friend or two to join you and make this your “LUM Summer of Service.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Summer of Service – Volunteer Opportunities

Something For Every Schedule & Skill Level

Serving at LUM ranges from assisting a client one-on-one to preparing a meal. There are opportunities that fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time jobs, and weekday, weekend, afternoon or overnight. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below is a list of several exciting opportunities to serve at LUM starting this month.

LUM Camp—Counselors
Needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, oversee a group of ten children during a four-day, overnight camp. Support each child with structured activities. Training is provided. More.

Shelter—Overnight Volunteers
Needed each evening from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. – midnight. Check-in guests, serve meals and distribute bedding & shower items. Training is provided. More.

Shelter—Provide Meals
A simple meal for 44 shelter guests is needed each evening at 8 p.m. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. More.

Child Care—Teacher’s Aides
Needed each weekday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch, and supervise study trips. Training provided. More.

Food Pantries
Needed Thursdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon. Check-in clients, enter data, pick up food, assist clients in shopping & organize pantry. More.

Afternoon Receptionist
Needed each weekday afternoon from noon to 4:30 p.m. It’s a recurring, daytime service opportunity, typically one afternoon every two weeks. Greet guests, answer phones & complete general clerical duties. Training provided. More.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).