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Support the LUM Food Pantries This Summer


Monetary Gifts | Garden Veggies | Needed Items

The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this summer. The pandemic and the cost of food and fuel are impacting local families. Below are a few ways YOU can help the LUM Food Pantries continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But if you are looking for other ways to the LUM Food Pantries — see below.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners.” If you “grow a row” in your garden for LUM or simply wish to donate some of the 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 – LUM Food Pantries distribute “food plus more.” In addition to food, families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that the LUM Food Pantries keep expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. 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 or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).


For more information, email foodpantry@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry. To invest in the LUM Food Pantries, make an online donation by clicking the button below.

Support the LUM Food Pantries This Summer


Monetary Gifts | Garden Veggies | Needed Items

The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this summer. The pandemic and the cost of food and fuel are impacting local families. Below are a few ways YOU can help the LUM Food Pantries continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But if you are looking for other ways to the LUM Food Pantries — see below.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners.” If you “grow a row” in your garden for LUM or simply wish to donate some of the 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 – LUM Food Pantries distribute “food plus more.” In addition to food, families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that the LUM Food Pantries keep expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. 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 or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).


For more information, email foodpantry@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry. To invest in the LUM Food Pantries, make an online donation by clicking the button below.

Seven Simple & Unique Ways to Give to LUM


Gardens | Stocks | Groups | Wish List | Drives

Unrestricted, cash donations to LUM are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But many people are looking for a more unique way to give. Here are seven simple examples of how YOU can give to LUM in addition to a monetary gift.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners” who have “grown a row” for LUM or simply wish to donate from their garden. Learn more.

STOCKS – Giving stocks is getting more popular and LUM makes it easy. Check out our webpage for giving stock to LUM and see if it fits your plan. Learn more.

NEEDED ITEMS – One way that LUM keeps it’s expenditures down is by asking for donations of “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase (see next bullet). Learn more.

SHOP ONLINE– There are select e-commerce sites that will donate on behalf of your purchase. The most common is Amazon Smile. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT – Create a legacy by naming LUM in your will. Learn more.

HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” 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 or ask your guests to bring items needed for the shelter (razors, deodorant, shaving cream, coffee) or for the food pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).

FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER – Launch a fundraiser on your Facebook site and select “Lafayette Urban Ministry” as the recipient. Tie it to a celebration like your birthday, an observance like National Day of Giving, or a holiday like Thanksgiving. Learn more.

Delta Delta Delta Sorority Gives to LUM


Purdue Tri-Delta at Donates “Needed Items” to LUM

The members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue recently donated a truckload of paper products to LUM. Polly Magee, house director, delivered the paper products to LUM on behalf of the sorority (pictured).

These items will be used primarily at events like the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast and Turkey Trot 5K Run, both scheduled for Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24.

LUM is grateful to have the support of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Thanks again to the members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed items.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Delta Tau Delta Makes Two Special Donations


Delta Tau Delta Donates & Brings Easter to LUM

Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette and are very helpful. They recently surprised LUM with two special donation. First, the fraternity members prepared beautiful 48 Easter baskets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers were touched by their kindness and generosity. Second, the chapter also made a donation to LUM for $616.22 to support the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students and the members of Purdue student organizations and Greek-letter organizations. Special thanks to the members of the Purdue Delts for this special, surprise gift for the LUM students.


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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gives to LUM


Purdue Chapter Donates Gift Baskets to Shelter

As a part of their national initiative, “Operation AKA Assist,” the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue created 40 baskets for LUM to distribute to our clients experiencing homelessness. The baskets included snacks, personal hygiene items and an encouraging note from the students. In addition to assembling the baskets, their event included teaching the members about homelessness and the mission and programs of LUM.

Mamie Johnson, secretary, and Anyah Cork, chaplain, recently delivered the baskets to LUM on behalf of their sorority (pictured). The baskets have already been distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness through the LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry. LUM is grateful to have the support of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and appreciate that they took the time to learn more about homelessness in their university community. Thanks again to the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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LUM Volunteer Opportunities in 2022


Did You Know? Serving Others Helps YOU Too!

Did you know?
Volunteering with LUM is a Win-Win experience. There are many benefits to you when you serve your community. It helps others as well as benefits YOU!

  • You LEARN more | You FEEL more | You SMILE more | You STRESS less

LUM offers many different opportunities, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE. To check out the current LUM volunteer needs, click the specific program link here:

Tax Assistance Program | Shelter Overnight Volunteer | Immigration Clinic || Food Pantries | Afternoon Receptionist | After School Program |

Make this the year that you follow through on your New Year’s resolution to make a difference in the lives of your local neighbors in need by volunteering at LUM.


More Important Information

LUM EVENTS
Sign up to volunteer at LUM Events online. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (volunteer@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


LUM VOLUNTEER LISTING
To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


SIGN UP ONLINE
 Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick and easy — and you’ll get an email confirmation and email reminders. For a list of Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.



¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Sign up to Volunteer with LUM!

New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer with LUM


Did You Know? Serving Others Helps YOU Too!

Did you know?
Volunteering with LUM is a Win-Win experience. There are many benefits to you when you serve your community. It helps others as well as benefits YOU!

  • You LEARN more
  • You FEEL more
  • You SMILE more
  • You STRESS less

LUM offers many different opportunities, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE. To check out the current LUM volunteer needs, click the specific program link here:

Make this the year that you follow through on your New Year’s resolution to make a difference in the lives of your local neighbors in need by volunteering at LUM.


More Important Information

LUM EVENTS
Sign up to volunteer at LUM Events online. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (volunteer@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


LUM VOLUNTEER LISTING
To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


SIGN UP ONLINE
 Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick and easy — and you’ll get an email confirmation and email reminders. For a list of Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.



¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Sign up to Volunteer with LUM!

Local Meijer Stores Give Significant Gift

Lafayette & West Lafayette Stores Give $15,000

Earlier this year, the leadership at the two local Meijer stores expressed an interest in partnering with LUM to provide support for our community. In December, the Meijer leadership team presented Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, with two checks totaling $15,000. Wes was overwhelmed with the “staggering generosity poured out upon Lafayette Urban Ministry.”
Join us in thanking the leadership team at the Meijer stores in Lafayette & West Lafayette for making this gift happen. This donation is already having a tremendous positive impact on our neighbors in need, especially during these difficult times.

PICTURED L to R are Brian Hager, West Lafayette Store Director; Nayelly Martinez, West Lafayette Fresh Line Leader; Maureen Mitchell, Central Region Vice President; Wes Tillett, LUM executive director; Amy Griffis, Lafayette Store Director; and Darrin Wilson, North Indianapolis Market Director.


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Delta Tau Delta Supports LUM Yearlong


Engaging with the Food Pantry & Youth Program

The members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity at Purdue recently donated $711.51 after a year of service to LUM. Each week their members, led by John Kuchar, volunteer at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with the After School Program. They also bring the holiday to the LUM students. During Easter, they delivered Easter baskets for each child; on Halloween they handed out candy; and last week, Santa Claus visited the youth center and handed out candy canes. 

Nina Morgan & Kristi Hogue, the LUM Protein Food Pantry director and with the After School Program director, respectively, are grateful for having such hard-working, matrue, and reliable volunteers. Join us in thanking the men of Delta Tau Delta at Purdue for their outstanding commitment to LUM and the community.

If you or your organization wishes to volunteer with or donate to LUM, click the appropriate button below.


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