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LUM Volunteer Awarded Golden Gift of Time


Nina Morgan Receives Prestigious Service Award

Last week, Nina L. Morgan was presented with the Golden Gift of Time Award as a part of the 24th Annual Volunteer Recognition Program sponsored by the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

At LUM, Nina has been the volunteer director of the Protein Food Pantry for 13 months. She also is a volunteer receptionist once a week, volunteers with Jubilee Christmas, and serves as the chair of the Personnel Committee on the Executive Council of the LUM Board of Directors, representing Grace Lutheran Church. Nina also has recruited many dedicated volunteers to LUM (including her husband, Robert), has engaged her church members and has sewn dozens of face masks for LUM staff and clients.

Nina is an absolute treasure to the community through her work with LUM and her church. She was presented with the award by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (pictured) along with representatives of United Way.

Please join us in congratulating Nina Morgan on this well deserved honor. To view more PHOTOS of the presentation, click HERE.


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COVID-19 – Back On Track LUM


Open for Business with New Protocols

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified again this week to keep pace with the Back on Track Indiana timeline. A summary of LUM services offered during LUM Phase 4 are as follows:

LUM staff members attended mandatory COVID- 19 training last Wednesday (pictured). The LUM Office is closed to drop-in visitors, but starting this week, clients may be seen by appointment, if they cannot get assistance remotely. Clients (with appointments), staff & volunteers must wear a mask, wash their hands and get their temperature taken before entering. Anyone who is sick, or has COVID-19 warning signs or symptoms will be not allowed to enter. LUM assistance is being offered to local families & children remotely whenever possible using online forms, email and phone calls.

  • For more details on the LUM COVID-19 Response, click HERE
  • Donate Needed COVID-19 Supplies, click HERE

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Got Milk? The LUM Protein Food Pantry Does!

Free Gallon of Milk to the First 50 Families

Each week in June, the LUM Protein Food Pantry will be offering a free gallon of milk to the first 50 families. Greater Lafayette Commerce is assisting Prairie Farms in distributing gallons of milk to local families in need.

This partnership was made possible due to the USDA Farmers to Families program, which buys excess dairy products from farmers affected by COVID-19 and gives them to food pantries and homeless shelters like LUM’s. Nina Morgan, LUM food pantry director, and the volunteers pick up 50 gallons of milk on Wednesday, store it at Lafayette Brewing Company, and distribute it to local families on Thursday morning during the food pantry operating hours. 

Pictured L to R are Bernie Graser, LUM volunteer, and Greg Emig, Lafayette Brewing Company owner. This collaborative effort is heartwarming and beneficial to the families and children served by the LUM Protein Food Pantry and the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter.


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.

Back On Track – Focused on Health & Safety

Open for Business with Strict Protocols

Through Memorial Day, LUM will continue to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness.

On May 26, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program will begin with 45 students enrolled. Decisions about how LUM operates in June & July will be made in the next few weeks. Planning for LUM Camp is moving forward, with firm resolve that our 57-year tradition will continue in one form or another. Here are more details on how LUM continues to serve local families in our community today. 


LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones are staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients are permitted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Staff who are able to work from home will continue to do so
  • DONATIONS of COVID-19 Supplies accepted. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Assistance Programs


Food Programs –Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, outside service only
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear a mask before entering building; and must wear a mask and face shield when working with clients
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services – Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)

  • Guests, staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and wear masks before entering building
  • Staff & volunteers wear masks and face shields when working with guests
  • Social distancing during meal and while sleeping
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.

Youth Programs

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (May 26 – August 7)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear masks, and wear masks and face shields when working with parents
  • Students must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and must wear masks
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • LUM Camp (July 28 – 31)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors NEEDED – learn more & apply HERE

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COVID-19 Response – Programs Information

LUM is Open for Business – Safety & Compliance

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is information on how LUM is continuing to serve the families in our community today. 

LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients allowed

Assistance Programs

Children’s Programs/Youth Programs

Food Programs – Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, curbside service only
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services

  • Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)
    • Open nightly, with a strict protocol for intake, check in, dinner service and sleeping arrangements
    • Intake – 1:30 p.m., LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.
  • Winter Warming Station is closed until November 15, 2020 allowing staff to focus on the Emergency Shelter

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Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.

Current Volunteer Needs – Food Pantry


LUM Protein Food Pantry


The LUM Protein Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the LUM Protein Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance.

Volunteers are needed when the pantry is open — every Thursday morning, 9 a.m. to Noon.

The Data Entry volunteer must have knowledge of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

For more information, click HEREor email or call Nina Morgan (foodpantry@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


CALL to ACTION – New Year, Renewed Commitment

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LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT LUM Volunteer Needs:

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, 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. READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. 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).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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LUM Volunteer Opportunities – 2020

New Decade, Renewed Commitment to Serve

Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, 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.

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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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 14, and the Donation Center opens Monday, December 2 from 1-5 p.m. For a list of needed items, and the locations and open hours of the Donation Centers, click HERE.

IBEW Local 668 Donated 25 Turkeys

Thanks to the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 668 for their recent donation of 25 turkeys to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

These turkeys will be served at the annual LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration next Thursday and offered to the families using the LUM Protein Food Pantry this week.

LUM is grateful to IBEW 668 for their continued support of the LUM mission.


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 14, and the Donation Center opens Monday, December 2 from 1-5 p.m. For a list of needed items, and the locations and open hours of the Donation Centers, click HERE.