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Jubilee Christmas – December Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


VOLUNTEER – LUM Jubilee Christmas needs lots of volunteer “elves” to bring Christmas to local families and children in need. These opportunities are perfect for GROUPSVolunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • HOST a FAMILY on Saturday, Dec. 10 (100+ needed) at 2 p.m.
  • MOVE & SORT Toys THIS Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
  • Staff the DONATION Center – Now to Dec. 6, 1-5 p.m.
  • SORT Toys on Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m.

DONATIONS are appreciated for Jubilee Christmas from churches, organizations and individuals, and help make the program a success. 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.

GIVE NEEDED ITEMS to Jubilee Christmas. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sports equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. Donations may be dropped off on Monday & Tuesday (12/5 & 12/6) at Oakland High School (Lafayette) from 1 to 5 p.m. or Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (West Lafayette) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., now through Monday.


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Homeless Services – December Engagement Opportunities


Every Night – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Volunteer | Donate Provide Meals | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive |


VOLUNTEER – The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m.-7 a.m. or 8 p.m. -midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. The LUM Winter Warming Station is now open until mid-April and also needs volunteers each night.

MEALS – If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal for the shelter guests once or regularly, click HERE for more information. For more information on homeless services volunteer opportunities at LUM, click  HERE.

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Food Pantries – December Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


LUM operates two food pantries — the Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette & Westside Food Pantry in West Lafayette. Volunteers are needed each Thursday & Friday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon, and delivery of donated items will be received during those times. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Food Programs are as follows:

  1. Make a MONETARY DONATION, click HERE
  2. Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  3. Donate NEEDED ITEMS, click HERE
  4. Sponsor a FOOD DRIVE, click HERE

If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Quick Links – December Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


      Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

      Life-Altering Impact – Good Samaritan Fund


      $1.2M | 5,000 Households | 21,248 Times


      In 50 years of serving low-income households in Greater Lafayette, LUM has learned that even modest financial assistance can have a dramatic, positive impact on families.

      In the past 10 years, LUM has distributed more than $1.2 million in emergency financial assistance to 5,030 families in 21,248 separate client visits. Any given client could receive a maximum of $200 each year. In the past decade, the average client only visited three times. Clearly, the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is not creating financial dependence on LUM but instead is giving an empowering hand of hope to people in the midst of their own financial crises. The impact is life-altering.

      Would you please consider giving $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Good Samaritan Fundto ensure that LUM can continue to offer this critical social safety net to our neighbors in need?

      Food Pantries – Fall Engagement Opportunities


      Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
      Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


      The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this fall & winter. The pandemic and the cost of food & fuel are impacting local families as well as food banks. Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

      • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
      • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
      • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

      More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

      FOOD Pantries
      (Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


      EMERGENCY Shelter
      (Every Night – 8 p.m.)


      TURKEY Trot 5K Run
      (Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


      COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
      (Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


      JUBILEE Christmas
      (Saturday, Dec. 10)


      Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

      Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking

      Global Fest & Naturalization Ceremony

      Recently Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, attended and assisted with the USCIS Naturalization Ceremony in West Lafayette, IN. Several individuals pledged the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and became U.S. citizens on that day. LUM Immigration Clinic also set up a table with information materials at the event.

      The next day, Christian attended the 2022 Global Fest (West Lafayette, IN), a popular, community-wide festival to celebrate the cultural diversity within our community. Christian staffed a tent providing information and answering questions about the services and impact of the LUM Immigration Clinic.


      Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organizations, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


      If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

      Commemorating National Immigrants Day


      Reminder of the Impact of the Immigration Clinic

      Tomorrow, October 28, is the US national celebration of Immigrants Day — fittingly on the same day that the Statue of Liberty opened in 1886. This day is an important reminder of the value of immigration — and the importance of the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic.

      Did you know?

      • One in seven U.S. residents is an immigrant, while one in eight residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent
      • Over half of all immigrants in the United States are naturalized citizens
      • Immigrants in the United States are concentrated at both ends of the educational spectrum
      • Millions of U.S. citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented (Source.)

      For more than eight years, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped individuals from other countries, who are legally in the US, to navigate the often difficult and confusing Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucracy. Since 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted more than 967 individuals, and 231 individuals in 2022 so far. Celebrate National Immigrants Day with a gift to the LUM Immigration Clinic.


      What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

      • Re-unification with loved ones
      • Belonging and legal status
      • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
      • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
      • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
      • Hope   

      So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.

      LUM is “Tackling Basic FOOD Needs” Yearlong


      The work of LUM includes providing food assistance, meals and nutrition programs that are “tackling basic FOOD needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette.” Three LUM programs are spotlighted below.

      Please read more below and consider getting engaged or investing in LUM food initiatives.


      #1 – Hunger Hike – Raising Awareness & Funds

      Hunger Hike 2022 had a big turnout and a big impact. For 30 yearsHunger Hike has brought much needed attention and raised more than $2.2 million to overcome malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger locally, regionally & globally. So far this year, more than $115,332 has been raised, surpassing the goal of $100,000. If you missed the event — no worries, you may still donate.

      All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit and support the good work of three local agencies — Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

      Thank you to all of our passionate participants & generous sponsors for another lively outdoor event. To make a donation, go to HungerHike.org.

      Donate | Find a Team or Fundraiser | Event Sponsors |


      #2 – Community Thanksgiving – All Are Welcome

      LUM is currently planning a holiday feast for more than 800 guests on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24) from Noon to 2 p.m. The 36th annual LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is FREE and includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, dressing, rolls, vegetables, and a variety of pies & desserts.

      This year will be a community event with music, food and good company. To-go meals will also be available.

      Monetary gifts are appreciated to help defray the $9,000 expense for the meal. Volunteers and donations of food & supplies are needed. To donate and/or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

      Home | Volunteer | Donate $ | Donate Food & Supplies | Event Sponsors |


      #3 – LUM Food Pantries on Both Sides of the River

      LUM runs two Food Pantries — one in Downtown Lafayette and the other in West Lafayette. The LUM Food Pantries need your support this fall to continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items, especially as the holidays approach and utility bills increase.

      Times are tough. Client needs are greater. Food banks are impacted by the supply chain and unable to provide the food that is needed. The cost for LUM to purchase additional items has increased.

      Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because they allows LUM to use the money where it is needed the most. If you are looking for other ways to help —consider volunteering, donating needed items, and/or hosting a collection drive. Consider including a donation to LUM at your holiday event in lieu of a gift exchange. To learn more and get started, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.


      Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

      • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
      • GIVING GARDENERS – If you wish to donate fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.
      • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
      • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

      More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities


      EMERGENCY Shelter
      (Every Night – 8 p.m.)


      TURKEY Trot 5K Run
      (Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


      JUBILEE Christmas
      (Saturday, Dec. 10)


      Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

      Hello October! Get Engaged with LUM Today


      | Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |

      Here are Quick Links to Awesome LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities:


      COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
      (Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


      EMERGENCY Shelter
      (Every Night – 8 p.m.)


      FOOD Pantries
      (Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


      TURKEY Trot 5K Run
      (Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


      JUBILEE Christmas
      (Saturday, Dec. 10)


      Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.