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Volunteer Needs – Uplifting Holiday Programs


Community Thanksgiving Feast & Jubilee Christmas

LUM has begun planning the the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the 41st annual Jubilee Christmas — and hundreds of volunteers are needed! Here is what you need to know to sign up today!

Community Thanksgiving Feast – VOLUNTEERSto sign up to volunteer or donate a food item or supplies, click HERE. Most volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25).

Jubilee Christmas – VOLUNTEERS: to sign up to volunteer, click HEREJubilee Christmas volunteers are needed as soon as this WednesdayOctober 13, to assist with Open Registration of local families; and from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas day on Saturday, December 11.


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Jubilee Christmas 2021 Needs YOU

Volunteers Needed & Donations Welcome


LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and under, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. Jubilee Christmas details are as follows:

  • Dates & Times
    • Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 11
    • Open Registration – Wednesday, October 13, 4:30 p.m. (volunteers need) 
    • Donation Center Open – November 29 – December 7, 1-5 p.m. (volunteers need)
    • Jubilee Christmas Part 2: 12/11 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3: 12/11 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Host Sites: if your church or group would like to become a “host site,” click HERE for more information
  • Family Registration information: if you wish to refer a family to participate, click HERE

DONATE: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).

VOLUNTEERto sign up to volunteer, click HERE. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, October 13 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day (December 11).

For More information: go to LUMserve.org/jubilee-christmas


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LUM Fall Events Are Just Around the Corner


Mark Your Calendars – Get Engaged for Good


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN


JUBILEE Christmas | Saturday, December 11 | All Day | Events at 27 Locations in Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN

LUM is Thinking About Christmas in July

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

LUM Jubilee Christmas is only 142 days away, and many of local churches are thinking about “Christmas in July.” Please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2021 on Saturday, December 11.

Four Ways YOU & your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event
  • PARTNER with Host Site and enable them to sponsor more families
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Register Families (10/18-19)
  • Staff the Donation Center (M-F: 11/29-12/7)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/11) – Host Families
  • DONATE – invest in Jubilee Christmas in two ways:
  • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year, 30 churches at 27 events and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided for 526 local households, impacting 1,499 local children. Jubilee Christmas gave these parents a chance to be the heroes on Christmas morning as they gave their children gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food from Santa Claus.

If you need more information or have questions, please go to LUMserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!

A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM


Mark Your Calendars – Save the Dates – Engage


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN

A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM


Mark Your Calendars – Save the Dates – Engage


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN

Best Friends & Superstar LUM Volunteers


Suz & Theresa – A Friendship Built on Service

Suz Branson & Theresa Landis have been friends for more than 15 years. They became friends through their church and have found that engaging in the community together has been fulfilling and has strengthened their bond as friends.

Suz grew up in Sidney, Ohio, and moved to Lafayette with her husband, Pete. After retiring from Purdue HR, she became an active volunteer. Theresa is originally from Demotte, Indiana, earned a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue, and was the 4th & 5th grade teacher for high achieving students in Kankakee Valley. After retirement, Theresa and her husband, Jeff, moved to Tennessee. When they returned to Lafayette in 2018, Theresa & Suz found community engagement opportunities that were meaningful to them and started serving.

Suz shared that,

For me, it’s a ‘heart thing.’ We have an obligation to give back and a duty to make our community better.

Theresa added that,

It is a reminder of how blessed we are, how fragile life is, and how difficult it is for many to ask for help.

Suz & Theresa agree the best part about volunteering is interacting with and getting to know the clients. Suz stated,

We are all people; so, we try to remember people’s names, greet them with a smile and try to make their day.

To which Theresa added,

We get so much out of this experience too.

Suz & Theresa love volunteering with LUM because, “LUM serves so many different people and offers so many ways to support them.” They also like that, “LUM helps people get back on their feet — and become more self sufficient.

LUM is grateful to Suz & Theresa for choosing to volunteer weekly with the LUM Protein Food Pantry. As you can imagine they soon became superstar volunteers. Suz & Theresa also volunteer each year with Jubilee Christmas and several other one-time opportunities at LUM. They encourage anyone who is thinking about helping out to “find a friend” and get started together. They shared that,

It will only make your friendship stronger and your bond everlasting.


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Meet Shirley – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Shirley Robertson – LUM Good Samaritan Program Volunteer

Shirley Robertson grew up on a farm in Kentland, Indiana. Growing up in Newton County along the creek, her life was her family and their cattle, sheep & chickens. Her family instilled in her this motto: “Save, Give & Spend.” And this is how she aspires to live even today.

After earning a bachelor’s in Music Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and a Master’s in Music from Butler University, Shirley became the music teacher and marching band director for the Benton Central School Corporation and stayed for more than 19 years. Just as she was thinking about a change, a position opened up at Sunnyside Elementary School and Shirley became their music educator for the final 12 years of her career.

Being true to her family’s motto, Shirley “gives” to her community. At LUM, she has been a volunteer in the Good Samaritan Program since 2009, when she was recruited by then director, Mary Anderson. She stated that,

“What I enjoy about LUM is that we ask, ‘What can we do TODAY to help this individual or family?’ LUM is caring, action oriented, positive, uplifting and nonjudgmental.”

Shirley identifies with the Servant Leader model and shared that,

“My day is so much better when I help someone else, especially my neighbors in need.”

This is evident in the story below about a recent time she assisted a client at LUM.

Shirley is one of our favorite volunteers for the joy she brings to LUM each morning she volunteers. At LUM, Shirley is also involved with the LUM Jubilee Christmas program through her church, Elston Presbyterian Church, and with Hunger Hike. In her free time, Shirley still enjoys playing the piano, walking and playing golf. She lives with her cat, Noodle (named for the golf ball brand), in east Lafayette.

LUM appreciates Shirley for allowing us to tell her story — which was not easy. Shirley avoids the limelight because she is serving in honor of her family’s motto. She agreed because she also hopes that sharing her experiences will encourage others to invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry and/or commit to getting engaged as a volunteer. LUM is truly blessed to have Shirley as a part of our team.


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Central Catholic Students Collect for LUM

Central Catholic Students Donate $1,231 to LUM Shelter

Robert Storey delivering care packages.

On behalf of Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School students, Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry, presented LUM with a check for $1,231.43 in support of Homeless Services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

As a part of Catholic Schools Week, the students raised the funds during the “Change Drive,” where they collected change for LUM. 

In addition to the Change Drive, the students collected items and created “care packages.” They also invited Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, to speak via Zoom to the students about homelessness.

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Go Knights!


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Central Catholic Students Focus on Homelessness

LUM Presentation, Change Drive & Care Packages

As a part of Catholic Schools Week 2021, Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, was invited to speak via Zoom to the students at Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School about homelessness and homeless services at LUM. Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry at Central Catholic, and the campus ministry staff coordinated two events benefitting the LUM Emergency Shelter.

The entire student body collected items and created “care packages” and also participated in a “change drive.” The care packages contain a variety of items including gloves, hats, scarves, socks, hand & toe warmers, and prayer cards. The change drive is on track to raise more than $1,000 for the shelter as well. The care packages are available to all of the shelter guests each night and LUM clients. They are also available on a “clothes line” hanging outside the LUM Office (pictured).

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Go Knights!


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