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LUM Raised $2,700 on #GivingTuesday


Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue you care about, on #GivingTuesday you transformed the way we think about and act on giving all year long.

Thank you for participating in GivingTuesday — and for supporting LUM.

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LUM invites you to participate in #GivingTuesday — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need in our community. 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 & Friday at the LUM Food Pantries, the students in our youth center programs, and the guests using our shelter
  • Purchase CLEANING & PAPER SUPPLIES like toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet paper, latex gloves & paper towels
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies like disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like new security cameras and outdoor lockers at the shelter for the health and safety of our guests
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need

This continuing crisis has placed a financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to tackling basic human needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.


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#GivingTuesday 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 Raised $5,140 on #GivingTuesday


Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue youcare about, on GivingTuesday you transformed the way we think about and act on giving all year long.

Thank you for participating in GivingTuesday — and for supporting LUM.


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LUM Participating in #GivingTuesday


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


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Donate to LUM

LUM invites you to participate in #GivingTuesday — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need in our community. 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 & Friday at the LUM Food Pantries, the students in our youth center programs, and the guests using our shelter
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like new bunk beds and mattresses and outdoor lockers at the shelter for the health and safety of our guests
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase CLEANING & PAPER SUPPLIES like toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet paper, latex gloves & paper towels

This continuing crisis has placed a 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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Donate to LUM

#GivingTuesday 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 Tax Volunteers Celebrate 2021 Success


Volunteers Gather for Celebratory Picnic Lunch


The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for a picnic lunch in Happy Hallow Park (West Lafayette) to celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • 242 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $338,856 – Federal Refunds
  • $34,320 – State Refunds
  • $373,176 – Total Refunds
  • $21,176 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
  • $68,016 – Federal – Earned Income Credit
  • $5,048 – State – Earned Income Credit
  • $73,064 – Total in Earned Income Credit

Join us in thanking the LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers picture above as follows — Standing L to R: Joan Marshall, KG & Bharathi Raghothama, Barb Sharkey, Kathy Hicks, Carol Robicheaux, Rob Patrick, Josh Prokopy (director); Seated: Tricia Sembroski, Ann Pellegrino & Andrea Schmidt; Not pictured: James Brinkley, Connie Decker, Ai Ai Lau, Karen Marty, Nina Morgan, Patti O’Callaghan & Ron Smith.

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Tax Assistance Program, click HERE.


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Josh’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


“After a great deal of planning to develop a safe and effective model, we enabled low income taxpayers to get their returns done for free. Many lack the technology or confidence to do their own taxes, and without the LUM tax program they might have been paying hundreds of dollars for this service. It’s taken extra work, but our 12 volunteers have been up to the challenge, and are working very hard under difficult conditions. It is clear that despite COVID-19 our program has been a success, on track to surpass 200 returns this season.”

Josh Prokopy, Director, LUM Tax Assistance 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 local family shared that, “We just donated our stimulus payment to the (LUM) Good Samaritan Fund so LUM can give it to people who really need it.
  • Another shared that, “I hope during this difficult time that my stimulus check can go farther in your hands helping those who really need it!
  • A third family shared that, “We knew that our family did not need the stimulus money and wanted to donate it. We wanted the money to benefit our 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 and nutritious food, and helping individuals with safe shelter. 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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Local Individuals “Paid It Sideways” to LUM


Stimulus Money & Retirement Package Donated

Two local individuals, who both wish to remain anonymous, recently “Paid It Sideways” to Lafayette Urban Ministry. One individual donated his entire $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (AKA stimulus funds) and and a second individual donated her entire $6,000 retirement package. Both individuals chose to remain anonymous but shared that they did not need the money and wanted it to benefit the community. They knew that they could trust LUM to use it to support local families in need.

LUM continues to be right on the front lines of this crisis, helping local families with emergency financial assistance, low cost child care & nutritious food; and safe shelter for individuals in need. If you want to use your stimulus money (or retirement package) 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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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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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.


Make a Donation Button
Donate to LUM

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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Donate to LUM