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PORT of HOPE – LUM Immigration Clinic Fundraising Events

Port of Hope offers three fun experiences this year.

  • PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). Grab your friends and/or family and enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escapade learning how our community has been enriched by immigrants over the years.
  • Port of Hope Virtual Experience (Thursday, November 5). The Virtual Experience is an opportunity to sit back at home and enjoy music and interviews while learning about the Immigration Clinic and its impact on our community.
  • Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5). It’s a social media campaign & fundraiser.

Event Info | Scavenger Hunt | Virtual Experience | Donate $ | Sponsor


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FEAST – Thursday, November 26

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals.

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible. Online sign ups are open NOW.

Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor


TURKEY TROT 5K RUN – Thursday, November 26

Participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • The Live Runners will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving or at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy.

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor


JUBILEE CHRISTMAS – Saturday, December 12

Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and receive gifts for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card to make Christmas dinner special too.

This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas events will be curb-side or walk-through programs, and all registration forms are being submitted online.

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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.

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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 2020 – Begins THIS Sunday


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.


Hunger Hike Events:

  • Challenge Week (THIS Sunday, September 13, to Sunday, September 20) is your opportunity pledge to Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger – learn more
  • The Livestream is the premier event of Hunger Hike 2020 starting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 – learn more

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Hunger Hike Countdown – One Month to Kickoff


Check Out the “NEW Challenge Week”

There are only 38 DAYS to Hunger Hike. Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever.

Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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LUM Programs Persist & Thrive in 2020


Jubilee Christmas & Community Thanksgiving

LUM program directors have been thinking about how COVID-19 will impact this year’s Jubilee Christmas (12/12) and Community Thanksgiving Celebration (11/26). At LUM, we are committed to offering both programs in some form this year. Families will still need assistance with Christmas, the community will still appreciate a free Thanksgiving celebration, and the leadership and members of our member churches will still want to offer assistance. Hopefully things will be much better in December but decisions will be made by mid-September.

LUM suggests that you continue to support Jubilee Christmas & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration as you have in past years. Cash donation to these programs would be best, but you may also donate “needed items” to each program. Thank you and your continued support of LUM, Jubilee Christmas and the Community Thanksgiving Celebration. To make an online donation, click the button below. To view the list of needed items, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike – An Exciting New Twist

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever. Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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Underwood Agency Donates $1,000 to LUM


Grant Awarded to LUM through Underwood

Chuck Clark, president of the Underwood Agency, recently presented a check for $1,000 to LUM executive director, Wes Tillett {Pictured L to R: Wes Tillett & Chuck Clark.}

Chuck Clark nominated LUM for the matching donor program at Erie Insurance and was awarded a grant. 

Thanks to Chuck Clark, the entire team at Underwood Agency and Erie Insurance for their generous donation and continued support of LUM.


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LUM Programs – Save the Dates – Get Engaged

Planning for a Better Tomorrow


Hunger Hike  (Sunday, September 20)

– Join us in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally — by participating in Hunger Hike 2020. Hunger Hike offers many ways for individuals, churches, groups, organizations, teams, families and companies to raise funds to fight hunger. Walk and raise funds on your own or create a Team and raise funds as a group. Make a donation online, support a Team & become a Corporate Sponsor.

Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. If an outdoor event is not feasible the committee is exploring a virtual event. Find everything you need to start fundraising on the Hunger Hike website — go to hungerhike.org.


Port of Hope  (Thursday, November 5)

– Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM  Immigration Clinic . For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food from local restaurants, a Market Place featuring unique experiences and items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


Turkey Trot 5K Run  (Thursday, November 26)

– Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration  (Thursday, November 26)

– The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by preparing food, volunteering or making a donation.


Jubilee Christmas  (Saturday, December 12)

– LUM Jubilee Christmas serves more than 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


COVID-19 Response – Planning for these events is well underway. LUM is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, and the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff members are the highest priority. The event planning teams are hopeful that these events will be better than ever this year, and alternative plans are being explored for virtual or mix platform programs. Check the LUM website for the most up-to-date information on each event. PLEASE – Save the dates and support LUM and these important events.

LUM Camp 2020 Needs YOU This Summer

Thinking about & Planning for a Better Tomorrow


Plans for LUM Camp 2020 are moving forward — because, at LUM, we’re thinking about and planning for a better tomorrow.

LUM Camp needs you! Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 27 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31). For additional information, click HERE. PLEASE SHARE.


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Underwood Agency Donates $250 to LUM

LUM is Underwood Agency’s Favorite Charity

Chuck Clark, president of the  Underwood Agency , recently presented a check for  $250  to LUM executive director, Joe Micon (pictured). Chuck Clark nominated LUM for the favorite charity of Underwood Agency, and LUM was named a Give Back recipient. 

Thanks to Chuck Clark and the entire team at Underwood Agency for their generous donation and support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.