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LUM Receives Anonymous Gift of $15,000

Gift Benefits Food Initiatives at LUM

LUM relies on donations from individuals, businesses and organizations to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. LUM has recently been blessed with a special gift of $15,000

The donor family, who wish to remain anonymous, has admired the work of LUM for some time. The donor approached Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and they soon came up with a plan that matched the goals of the donor and also met the needs of LUM. Our donor has designated the gift to support various food & nutrition initiatives at LUM, including meals at LUM Camp, snacks at the After School Program, snacks & meals at the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, meals at the Emergency Shelter, and food items for the Protein Food Pantry (pictured above).

LUM is fortunate to have such generous and passionate supporters, and is especially grateful to our recent anonymous donor. This gift of $15,000 is already having a tremendous positive impact on LUM programs and strengthening local families and children. If you and your family are ready to make an investment in the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, Joe Micon is ready to meet with you as well. Please email or call Joe Micon (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

58 Days to Hunger Hike 2019 – Register TODAY

Benefits LUM Protein Food Pantry & More
There are only 58 DAYS to Hunger Hike.  Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”
 
Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.  
Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk) event details are as follows:
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Noon – Check-in & DJ music; 1 p.m. – Kick-off event begins; 1:15 p.m. – Zumba, Purdue Pete & Boilermaker Special; 2 p.m. – Hike starts; 3 p.m. – Hot Dog Picnic
  • Riehle Plaza, 2nd Street, Lafayette
 
Hunger Hike is the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our  online fundraising site  — or any other way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
 
|  REGISTER Online  | DONATE  | More Information —  hungerhike.org  |
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

LUM Food Pantry Needs PAPER Products & More

Regular Volunteers and Donations Needed

To offer a good variety of proteins and paper products, the LUM Protein Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups. The LUM food pantry also needs volunteers each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to unload food, set up, check-in & assist families, and breakdown.

Five ways YOU can help the LUM Protein Food Pantry are as follows:

If you wish to sponsor a food drive or donate needed items, the list of items the food pantry needs is as follows:

  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins & facial tissues
  • Peanut butter; Eggs
  • Canned meats (beef, chicken) & canned fish (tuna)
  • Beans, legumes & lentils – dry or canned
  • Fresh produce: fruits & vegetables
  • Baby diapers & wipes; Feminine hygiene products: liners, napkins, pads, tampons & wipes

If you wish to make a monetary donation, volunteer, donate needed items, register for Hunger Hike — or simply have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email food-pantry@lumserve.org.

Meet Jackie – Superstar LUM Volunteer

Jackie Graser – Dedicated LUM Volunteer

Jacqueline “Jackie” Graser grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and earned a BS in Nursing from Purdue University, where she met her husband, Bernie, who was a star Boilermaker wrestler.
 
Jackie and Bernie live in West Lafayette, attend Grace Lutheran Church and have two grown children & four grandchildren. She retired from Franciscan Alliance as an RN-BSN in Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Jackie is still called on as a PRN from time to time.
 
At LUM, Jackie has been volunteering with Jubilee Christmas for many years — and is one of the founding volunteers with the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which opened in April. Jackie shared,
“I love what LUM does for the community. I appreciate how LUM sees what families need and addresses those needs. I have a heart for children and families who are food insecure.”
Jackie thinks the new food pantry is“perfect” because it provides exactly what families need — protein, produce & paper goods.“My favorite program, though, is Jubilee Christmas.”
 
Jackie takes inspiration from Jeremiah 29, 
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
By volunteering at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with Jubilee Christmas, Jackie feels like, 
“We are being Christ to the children and families we serve.”
 
In her free time, Jackie loves being with her family, golfing, biking, and kayaking.
 

To learn more about VOLUNTEERING with LUM, click HERE.
 

LUM Food Pantry – Four Ways to Get Engaged

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened in April and has already been busy, serving more than 277 local families so far. This new “pop up” food pantry is open weekly and focuses on providing “protein, paper goods & produce.”

Volunteers are needed each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and delivery of donated items will be received during that time.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Food Programs are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Participate in Hunger Hike, click HERE

If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email food-pantry@lumserve.org.

LUM Protein Food Pantry Needs YOU!

Four Ways to Get Engaged with LUM Food Pantry

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened in April and has already been busy, serving more than 207 local families so far. This new “pop up” food pantry is open weekly and focuses on providing “protein, paper goods & produce.” Volunteers are needed each Thursday morning, and delivery of donated items will be received during that time.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM food programs are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Participate in Hunger Hike, click HERE

If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email food-pantry@lumserve.org.


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Meet the LUM Protein Food Pantry Coordinator

Nina Morgan, LUM Protein Food Pantry Coordinator

Nina L. Morgan is originally from Bainbridge, Indiana and currently lives in Lafayette with her husband, Rob. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Craig.

Nina graduated from North Putnam High School and earned a BS in Home Economics Education from Purdue University. She retired from managing the food service at Franciscan Health after more than 36 years in food service, starting at Home Hospital. She is a member and Stephen Minister at Grace Lutheran Church and volunteers with various local nonprofits. In addition to serving as the coordinator of the LUM Protein Food Pantry, Nina also serves on the LUM Board of Directors and volunteers as a LUM afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas.

Nina gets inspiration from her favorite Bible passage, “I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13. She considers being with and supporting her family her “most important job.” Nina finds it fulfilling and satisfying to help those who are in difficult situations in life through her work with her church and nonprofits like LUM. She shares, “This gives me energy and purpose.” Through her new role with LUM, Nina feels she will be, “Helping to make a positive impact with those who have food insecurity, health issues and loss of home and income.” She expresses that, “It takes many volunteers to make a difference, and I hope to help in any way I can.”

Nina has always admired the work of LUM, and shares that as a, “Christian based organization, LUM families, clients and guests are welcomed and treated in a respectful way. Everyone at LUM listens to their concerns and goes the extra step to help them find a path. Those who come to LUM for assistance are encouraged and empowered to take charge of their lives.”

Nina’s current relaxation is working in her new greenhouse. In addition to gardening, she enjoys quilting, crafts, camping and traveling. Nina is excited to start her new role with LUM and to begin having a positive impact on the community through her work. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Nina’s expertise and energy to lead the new LUM Protein Food Pantry.


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Meijer Simply Give Supports LUM Food Programs

Meijer Donates $5,000 in Food Cards to LUM

Since November 2018, the Simply Give campaign at Meijer has supported local nonprofits like Lafayette Urban Ministry to help fight hunger locally. Meijer in Lafayette has chosen Lafayette Urban Ministry as the recipient of Simply Give. This season, Meijer gave $5,000 in food only gifts cards to LUM for use with the LUM food assistance programs including the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Please join us in thanking Meijer by visiting their Lafayette location soon.

April is National Volunteer Month

All of the LUM programs & events rely on volunteers each and every day of the year. If you are a volunteer with Lafayette Urban Ministry — THANK YOU! We love you!

If you haven’t volunteered with LUM in a while, please remember that there are many different opportunities for you, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. As summer approaches, volunteers are harder to find — so, please take a peak at some of our current HOT needs and help if you are able — and please share with others.


LUM Follies – Volunteer

Volunteers are needed for the LUM Follies fundraising event at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette. Days & times that volunteers are needed is as follows:

  • Set-up — Thursday, May 2, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Staff the LUM Follies event — Friday, May 3, 4:30 – 7 p.m.; 4:30 – 8 p.m.; 8 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Break-down — Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Perfect for groups. Check out the LUM Follies volunteer online sign up sheets HERE.


Food Pantry – Volunteer

The LUM Protein Food Pantry needs a few volunteers each Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, load in food, enter client data, assist clients with shopping, and break down. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested. For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Mary Anderson (765-423-2691 | foodpantry@lumserve.org).


After School Program – Volunteer

The LUM After School Program has over six weeks left, and volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m.every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. The program follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar. For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, click HERE.


Emergency Shelter – Volunteer

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a Shelter Training Session. Sessions are held every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer, click HERE.MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.


Immigration Clinic – Volunteer

The LUM Immigration Clinic has several volunteer opportunities — and is especially grateful for volunteers who speak Spanish. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. LUM Citizenship Classes also need volunteers to assist with the classes or bring snacks. Classes began this week and meet Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. for five weeks. To sign up to volunteer with these classes, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423-2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


LUM Camp (7/29 – 8/2) – Volunteer

Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 2). For additional information, click HERE.


Summer Childcare – Volunteer

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, May 28 through August 2, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The children are supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers. LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (pre-Kindergarten – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE—or email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). 


Volunteer at LUM Events or As a Group

LUM Events – Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM FolliesHunger HikePort of HopeThanksgiving CelebrationTurkey Trot 5K Run & Jubilee Christmas. To view the LUM 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 (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More Information on Volunteering with LUM
  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • Sign Up ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders. Click HERE
  • ¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? LUM needs you.

Sign up to Volunteer with LUM! PLEASE SHARE with others.

Stuart & Branigin Service Day Supports LUM

Commitment to Local Food Programs

This year’s Day of Service at Stuart & Branigin LLP, Lafayette, focused on supporting local food programs including the new LUM Protein Food Pantry. Coordinated by Virginia del Real Marquez, marketing coordinator & led by Thomas B. Parent, managing partner, the Stuart & Branigin team and their families volunteered at the local food bank and are also collecting food & monetary donations for the LUM Protein Food Pantry.

Their donation of food, paper products and monetary gifts will give the new LUM food pantry a needed boost. Thank you, Thomas Parent, Virginia del Real Marquez and the entire Stuart & Branigin Team!

If you, your business or your group would like to support the LUM Protein Food Pantry with monetary donations or needed items, for more information go to lumserve.org/food-pantry.


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