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TODAY is #GivingTuesdayNow


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


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LUM invites you to participate TODAY in #GivingTuesdayNow — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Not everyone is in a position to make a contribution right now, but for those of you who have asked, “What can I do?” you can be a part of this important movement by making a gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry today.

With each donation made today, LUM will be able to…

  • Give FOOD to local families each Thursday at the LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies required by new CDC guidelines like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like portable sinks, sneeze guards & infrared thermometers for the health and safety of the students enrolled in summer child care, guests at the shelter, and clients visiting the office for assistance
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase COVID-19 CLEANING SUPPLIES like latex gloves, face shields, face masks & paper towels

This crisis has placed a sudden and immediate financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to staying open for business. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.


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#GivingTuesdayNow is Here. Today. Now.

Please support LUM on #GivingTuesdayNow!

You can make a donation online or mail in your donation. Make your check payable to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it TODAY to Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Your generosity will support LUM assistance programs and homeless services, help maintain our properties, and prepare for reopening youth programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


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LUM Participating in #GivingTuesdayNow


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


Make a Donation Button
Donate to LUM

LUM invites you to participate TODAY in #GivingTuesdayNow — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Not everyone is in a position to make a contribution right now, but for those of you who have asked, “What can I do?” you can be a part of this important movement by making a gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry today.

With each donation made today, LUM will be able to…

  • Give FOOD to local families each Thursday at the LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies required by new CDC guidelines like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like portable sinks, sneeze guards & infrared thermometers for the health and safety of the students enrolled in summer child care, guests at the shelter, and clients visiting the office for assistance
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase COVID-19 CLEANING SUPPLIES like latex gloves, face shields, face masks & paper towels

This crisis has placed a sudden and immediate financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to staying open for business. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.


Make a Donation Button
Donate to LUM

#GivingTuesdayNow is Here. Today. Now.

Please support LUM on #GivingTuesdayNow!

You can make a donation online or mail in your donation. Make your check payable to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it TODAY to Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Your generosity will support LUM assistance programs and homeless services, help maintain our properties, and prepare for reopening youth programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


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A Fortunate Few Donate Stimulus to LUM


“Paying It Sideways” – Donating Stimulus Check

Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been the grateful recipient of stimulus funds from individuals “paying it sideways.”

One family from West Lafayette, who wish to remain anonymous, decided to donate their entire Economic Impact Payment to LUM. They shared, 

“We knew that our family did not need the stimulus money and wanted to donate it. Since moving to the community 18 months ago, we have heard many good things about the work done at LUM. We wanted the money to benefit our new community and knew that LUM was a good place to give. Our family is happy to support LUM, and would encourage others to do the same.”

LUM continues to be right on the front lines of this crisis, helping local families with emergency financial assistance & nutritious food, and safe shelter for individuals in need. If you have decided to use your stimulus money to help others less fortunate and don’t know how, LUM is a great option. LUM enables YOU to give anonymously and with the peace of mind that your gift will be well-utilized to quickly help people in our local community.


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LUM is Grateful for Support in this Time of Crisis


Find Peace & Reconnect to Something Bigger

COVID-19 has upended life, and it’s hard not to become overwhelmed. Find your peacebe still, and use this time to reconnect to that part of yourself that is the calm amid the storm.
During times of crisis, the best of humanity comes out.

There is a greater sense of connection and belonging to something bigger when contributing to the whole. If this calls to you, Lafayette Urban Ministry welcomes you. LUM has remained open — serving families in need of food and financial assistance as well as individuals experiencing homelessness.

At Lafayette Urban Ministry, there is a part for everyone to play.


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Some LUM Donors “Pay It Sideways”


Some Have Donated Stimulus Money to LUM

Many people around the nation have decided to give some or all of their Economic Impact Payment to those who need it most. Some people are giving their “stimulus money” directly to people they know who could use the financial boost. Other people are giving the money to nonprofit organizations that can be trusted to extend help quickly to families in need.

In the past week Lafayette Urban Ministry has been the grateful recipient of stimulus funds from a variety of people. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic LUM continues to be right on the front lines of our community, helping people with emergency financial assistance, nutritious food, and safe shelter. LUM is putting all donations – of money, of gift-in-kind, of time and energy – to good use.

If you have decided to use your stimulus money to help others less fortunate and don’t know how, LUM is a great option. LUM enables people to give anonymously and with the peace of mind that the gift will be well-utilized to quickly help people in our local community.


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COVID-19 – IRS Economic Impact Payments

What YOU Need to Know to Get Your Payment

The IRS is in the process of sending out Economic Impact Payments (stimulus money) to most people in the country. Individuals who are and who are not eligible are as follows:

  • US citizens & resident aliens who paid taxes in 2019 and earned less than $75,000 per year will receive a $1,200 payment
  • Couples (married filing jointly) earning less than $150,000 will receive $2,400
  • Parents will receive an additional $500 for each child under age 17
  • Children 17 and older, elderly and adults with disabilities, who are claimed as a dependent by another will NOT be eligible for a stimulus payment

If you already filed your 2019 taxes or receive Social Security, SSI Disability or Railroad Retirement benefits and have no dependents, you are all set and don’t need to do anything else to receive your payment. 

If NOT, in order to receive your payment, you must either file your taxes or if you have no filing requirement, fill out a simple form on the IRS website. For more information and to fill out the Non-Filers form, click HERE.


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Meet Josh Prokopy – New Role with LUM in 2020

This year, Josh J. Prokopy will be expanding his role with LUM to include outreach, fundraising and tax assistance. Josh will now be the director of two major fundraising events (Hunger Hike & Turkey Trot 5K Run), the Tax Assistance Program and the Dream Team project.

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three teenage children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Anabel & Margaret are both in 10th grade, and David is in 7th grade, all at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County.

Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and both a Master’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to being active in the community with housing related organizations and with his church, he is an avid home-brewer of beer and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Josh enjoys being out in nature, playing strategy games, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a pint of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have someone with Josh’s talent and experience as a member of the team.

LUM Tax Assistance Program Starts Soon


Volunteers Are A Vital Part of LUM Tax Program

The LUM Tax Assistance Program will start on Tuesday, February 4. LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this vital LUM program such a success each year. Special thanks to ALL of this year’s volunteers.
Did you know?

  • At LUM, taxpayers get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes for them at no charge.
  • In 2019, the LUM Tax Assistance Program served 407 working families with an average earned income of $20,750 and an average refund of $1,555.94. In total, more than $633,000 in refunds were secured for our clients — and reinvested in our community.

For more information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765-423-2691.

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Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.

Current Volunteer Needs – Tax Preparers


Tax Assistance Program

Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification.

The LUM Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you. Choose your role – and get a chance to touch many lives.

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Josh Prokopy (765-423-2691 | jprokopy@lumserve.org.)


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