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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.


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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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TAX Assistance – Volunteers Needed


The LUM Tax Assistance Program has openings for volunteers to help local individuals and families with their income tax returns. YOU can make things a little easier, and provide a valuable service to the struggling families who rely on LUM to get their taxes done. If this sounds like a fun and rewarding experience, please join the LUM Tax Prep Team.

LUM has developed a plan to get taxes done while keeping volunteers and clients safe. LUM is offering remote and “limited in-person” sessions from February through April. To view the variety of volunteer opportunities available, see below. If you would like to find out more, please email the LUM Tax Assistance director, Josh Prokopy, at jprokopy@lumserve.org.


Here are some of the VOLUNTEER roles needed at LUM:

Greeter/Screener – You greet everyone visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere. You screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they have the necessary documents to complete their tax returns. Tax law certification is not required for this position.

Tax Preparer – You complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.

Interpreter – You provide free language interpreter services to customers who are not fluent in English. Basic tax knowledge is helpful, but it is not required for this position.

Quality Reviewer – You review tax returns completed by volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every taxpayer receives top quality service and that the tax returns are error-free. You must be tax law certified at least at the Intermediate level.  

Site Administrator/Coordinator – You have excellent organizational and leadership skills.  You are the primary resource for sharing your knowledge of the program and are available to assist with any issues that may arise. You develop and maintain schedules for all volunteers to ensure adequate coverage, supplies and equipment at your site. Tax law certification is not always required for this position.

Computer Specialist or troubleshooter – You have a working knowledge of personal computers, software and communications systems. Tax law certification is not required for this position. If working at a self-prepare site you must become familiar with the various tax software option(s) available at your site. Although you may have less taxpayer interaction than most volunteers, you must be patient with those individuals who may not be as computer literate.

Tax Coach – You provide tax law assistance and guide taxpayers in preparing their own tax returns. Tax law certification is required for this volunteer role and training is available on-line or through face-to-face instruction.

Instructor – You complete online certification in tax law at the advanced level or higher and familiarize yourself with any software updates before instructing other volunteers. You will conduct classes online or in a classroom setting.



Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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Consider a Donation to LUM This Holiday Season


Planning an Office Party? Collect Gifts for LUM

This year, considering replacing your Office Holiday Party “gift exchange” with a collection of “needed items” for LUM.

Whether it’s bath towels & cleaning supplies for the Emergency Shelter or books & snacks for the After School Program or paper products for the two LUM Food Pantries — each donation is helpful and appreciated. Make your holiday celebrations, at work and at home, more meaningful for your family, your guests and your colleagues by allowing them to give to local families in need.

To view the entire LUM Wish List of needed items, click HERE.


Consider a Donation to LUM This Holiday Season


Consider a Donation to LUM This Holiday Season

This year, considering replacing your Office Holiday Party “gift exchange” with a collection of “needed items” for LUM.

Whether it’s after school snacks for our students or cleaning supplies for the Emergency Shelter or toys & books for Jubilee Christmas or paper products for the two LUM Food Pantries — each donation is helpful and appreciated. Make your holiday celebrations, at work and at home, more meaningful for your family, your guests and your colleagues by allowing them to give to local families in need.

To view the entire LUM Wish List of needed items, click HERE.


LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 11, and the Donation Center is open NOW through Tuesday, December 7 from 1-5 p.m. For a list of needed items, and the locations and open hours of the Donation Centers, click HERE.

IBEW Delivers Turkeys to LUM Food Pantry

20 Turkeys Distributed to Local Families

Thanks to the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 668 for their donation of 20 turkeys to the LUM Protein Food Pantry & Westside Food Pantry. These turkeys were distributed to local families on Black Friday (11/26).

LUM is grateful to IBEW 668 for their continued support of the LUM mission. If you, your company, or group would like to support the LUM Food Pantries, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry or email or call (foodpantry@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


Consider a Donation to LUM This Holiday Season

 

This year, considering replacing your Office Holiday Party “gift exchange” with a collection of “needed items” for LUM.

Whether it’s after school snacks for our students or cleaning supplies for the Emergency Shelter or toys & books for Jubilee Christmas or paper products for the Protein Food Pantry — each donation is helpful and appreciated. Make your holiday celebrations, at work and at home, more meaningful for your family, your guests and your colleagues by allowing them to give to local families in need.

To view the entire LUM Wishlist of needed items, click HERE.


LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 11, and the Donation Center is open NOW through Tuesday, December 7 from 1-5 p.m. For a list of needed items, and the locations and open hours of the Donation Centers, click HERE.

Two Unique Local Programs Support LUM

AIChE Pie A Professor & Village Soup Day

This past week, there were two unique programs that supported Lafayette Urban Ministry. They were the Purdue AIChE’s Pie a Professor (pictured left) and Village Soup Day sponsored by Westminster Village (pictured right).

Purdue student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers sponsored a Pie a Professor event, and it was a big success. Purdue students were excited to smash a pie in the face of their favorite professors and fellow students. Maddie Barondeau, AIChE officer, shared that, “We had a lot of fun, and I’m glad we could support the Lafayette community!” Maddie presented a check for $230 to Wes Tillett, the LUM executive director. Thank you, Purdue AIChE members for thinking of LUM!

The staff at Westminster Village (West Lafayette) hosted Village Soup Day. This drive-through event offers homemade soup and Chef Rob’s famous rolls. This year they sold 254 servings and raised $3,000 ($600 more than last year). Benjamin Blankenship, Westminster Village executive director, presented the check to Wes Tillett. Thank you, Westminster Village staff for your support of LUM!


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Student Days of Service at LUM


Faith Christian School & Purdue Young Group

Recently, the students from Faith Christian High School (Lafayette) and Purdue Young Group volunteered at LUM.

On two separate days, two groups of Faith Christian High School students (pictured above left) organized the LUM donations storage area, worked outdoors and more.

This past Saturday, Purdue Young Group (pictured above right) hosted members from other universities from Indiana and Illinois and decided to spend part of their day working at LUM. These students put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the LUM youth programs area and did lots of yard work.

All of the students were hardworking and eager to help. LUM is very thankful for the help from Purdue Young Group and Faith Christian High School. Their commitment to getting involved to make this a better community for everyone is heartwarming and commendable.

If your group is interested in helping out at LUM, please email or call us (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). To view PHOTOS from these service days, click HERE.