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LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!

Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration

More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way.

You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run – Fundraiser for LUM benefiting Local Families

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. Families, dogs, walkers, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome. It is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Build lifetime memories — and support local families in need through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave,West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth (under 13)
  • Register: click HERE 
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area. View route map HERE.
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Be a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer at LUM


Every year, hundreds of low income families come to LUM to get their taxes done. We all know how scary tax time can be, but here at LUM it’s often a time of joy. Families who struggle every day just to get by, come here to learn they’re going to get a refund that will place badly needed money back in their pockets. And you can be a part of making that happen!

The average family that uses the LUM Tax Assistance Program earns a little more than $20,000 a year. They cannot afford to pay a professional to do their taxes, and many lack the confidence, experience, or ability to complete the returns on their own.  

Being a volunteer tax preparer at LUM can be an incredibly rewarding experience.Since, it is a small program, our volunteers have the chance to get to know their clients, and to feel the very personal and immediate reward that comes with realizing they have truly helped someone. At the same time, our volunteers have a lot of fun. Volunteers and staff get to know each other, socialize together between client visits, and help each other solve problems as they arise.

While a few of our volunteers are tax professionals, looking for a way to use their skills to help those in need, others just love the mental challenge of completing a tax return, and still others come to us with no background in math or taxes whatsoever. There have even been volunteers who started off terrified of numbers, only to discover that taxes weren’t that scary after all.

Tax tax clinics are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning in February and going through early April. You can sign up for as many or as few clinics as you’d like.

All volunteers need to complete an IRS tax certification. This can seem intimidating at first glance, but don’t worry! There will be Saturday prep classes in December and January to help you get ready. And once you’re certified you can spend a clinic or two shadowing a more experienced volunteer before taking your first client. And if you run into problems you don’t understand, there’s always someone there to help!

Anyone can learn to do this, regardless of background or experience. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer tax preparer, please email program director, Josh Prokopy at jprokopy@lumserve.org.

 

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Tuesday – After School Program Extends Hours

A big teachers rally scheduled this Tuesday, November 19, at the Indiana State Capital has prompted many schools, including Lafayette School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation schools, to close for the day. In support of local teachers, the LUM After School Program will provide childcare for the entire day on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

School officials say so many teachers requested personal time off for the rally that they wouldn’t be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. It is being reported that at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the rally. 


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30 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas

Volunteers Needed & Donations Welcome


Recently the LUM Jubilee Christmas coordinators representing 27 local churches met at Lafayette Urban Ministry. At the meeting each Jubilee Christmas coordinator received a list of their “families.” The coordinators were excited because now they may begin their toy shopping and event planning.
 
This year Jubilee Christmas will serve more than 640 local families including close to 1,850 local children. Churches & organizations across the county will host 25 events on Saturday, December 14.
 
Lots of VOLUNTEERS are needed. DONATIONS of new (unwrapped) toys, books, games, gift cards, batteries, gift wrap, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/blankets are welcome and may be dropped off at the Jubilee Christmas Donation Center (Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6 from 1-5 p.m.) at 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette. You can help Jubilee Christmas even more by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.
 

Pictured above is part of our Jubilee Christmas team — some of our Host Site Coordinators. God bless our hardworking and loving JC coordinators. They are truly the heart & soul of Jubilee Christmas each year. If you see them, please thank them for all they do for the children in our community during this Christmas season.


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Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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Jubilee Christmas

 


Port of Hope 2019 – Tremendous Success

Community Comes Together to Support the
LUM Immigration Clinic


The fourth annual Port of Hope fundraiser benefiting the LUM Immigration Clinic was another resounding success. Enthusiastic guests partnered with good food, lively music, hearty conversation, and thought provoking art to celebrate the diversity that is Greater Lafayette and our immigrant community. 
 
Many thanks to our sponsorsrestaurants, and donors. These businesses and individuals generously give to the Immigration Clinic, and we ask that you show them your support and let them know that you saw them at Port of Hope. Without the support of our sponsors, donors, and guests, paired with efforts of our tireless volunteers, this successful event would not be possible. To view more photos, click HERE.
 
With your help and the help of everyone who contributed, the Port of Hope is on track to raise more than $41,000. All funds raised support the continued mission of the Immigration Clinic. If you weren’t able to attend, your donation would still be greatly appreciated.
 

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Meet Linda Hicks | Grace In Action | 15+ Years

A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director


As I look at my life, I would prefer: to err on the side of GRACE rather than judgment, to love too much rather than too little, to believe in my sisters and brothers too much rather than not enough, to believe the best and be wrong rather than believe the worst and be right. ~Author unknown


Each time I read these words, I can’t help but smile and think of Linda Hicks, the LUM Good Samaritan Program director. 

Linda has been on staff since 2004, but it has been just 2 ½ years since she assumed the responsibility of directing the LUM Good Samaritan ProgramDuring that time, more than 5,000 cases have crossed Linda’s desk. She has provided more than $300,000 in direct Good Samaritan Fund aid. 

Whether it is a family threatened with eviction because of mom’s job loss, a senior facing a utility disconnect, or a woman trying to escape domestic violence in need of a bus ticket to safety, Linda has worked directly with each case. And while every situation is unique, Linda’s response is always the same – the generous sharing of both grace and concrete action.


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Good Samaritan Fund

I remember Linda working with JULIE. Julie’s back injury was so severe that it prevented her from hugging her two little children. Julie’s husband has a job that includes health insurance, but coverage wasn’t enough to pay all the costs of Julie’s doctor bills and physical therapy costs. A check to their landlord from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is the only thing that kept a roof over her family’s heads during their time of greatest need.

I remember Linda working patiently over the phone with TAMMY, who was at home recovering from brain surgery. Tammy will work again someday, but for now, she has no income. An online payment to Tammy’s utility company from the Good Samaritan Fund was the only thing keeping her air conditioner running during the heat of last summer. 

I think of Linda working on Jeff’s behalf. A single dad caring for two special needs children, JEFF couldn’t return to work for several weeks until his children were approved to begin receiving supportive services. Checks from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund paid for Jeff’s back rent and overdue heating bill.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the LUM Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help. And remember, not a single dollar of what you give is ever used for administrative overhead or staff costs. Gifts to the Good Samaritan Fund are spent exclusively for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance for someone in need. 


Jesus said, “Come & inherit the kingdomfor I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,I was a stranger and you welcomed me….


Linda Hicks and her staff of volunteer caseworkers, follow Jesus’s call every day. Their work is made possible because people like you give generously to the Good Samaritan Fund. I hope you will continue to give, so that our community’s most important financial safety net can continue. 

Linda Hicks always does her job with grace rather than judgment. She believes in those she helps too much, rather than not enough – and she provides the care and encouragement they need to overcome difficulties. She is a blessing to each person she meets. Please, won’t you be a blessing too? Share a generous gift today with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


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Winter Warming Station Opens 3 Days Early

Due to Snow, Freezing Temperatures & 20 MPH Winds

The LUM Winter Warming Station which was scheduled to open this Thursday at midnight, opened last night due to three inches of snow accumulation, freezing temperatures and 20 mph winds. The Winter Warming Station complements the services offered by the LUM Emergency Shelter and is used by individuals needing a place in the evening to “warm up.” Located in the LUM Office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette), it is open from midnight to 7 a.m. until April 2020.
 
No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather — and the LUM Winter Warming Station allows individuals, including those who are not eligible to stay at the LUM Emergency Shelter, to be in our safe, secure indoor warm space. It also gives individuals an opportunity to learn about other services offered by LUM and other local agencies for which they may be eligible. Other contingency plans are in place during stormy weather or if temperatures get dangerously low. For more details, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

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Winter Warming Station

 


It’s Time to Vote



  • For everything you need to know to VOTE in INDIANA, click HERE
  • For everything you need to know to vote in USA, click HERE
  • Tippecanoe County (Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battleground, Dayton)
    • Early Voting Schedule – NOW through Monday, November 4, 2019
      – click HERE
    • Election Day Voting Locations – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      – click HERE

Bending Toward Justice – 40 Years of Influence

Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

Mark your calendar for this special presentation by Joe Micon, executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, on Thursday, November 14 at Noon at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).

Bring your own lunch and join us as Joe Micon reflects on the impact LUM has had, over the decades, working toward social justice and advocacy on behalf of families.

The presentation is entitled, Bending Toward Justice; LUM’s Forty Years of Influence in the Public Square

Save the date.

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration


Donate Food & Supplies | Volunteer | Attend

More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way.

You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).