Category Archives: Giving

October Begins the Season for Planning Ahead


Create a Personal Legacy with LUM Planned Giving


October brings cooler nights, pumpkins, colorful trees, football, having fun outdoors with family, and preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter — consider also preparing for the future.

Continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime takes “planning.” Estate Planning strategy is a win-win for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to LUM brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could from your income alone. The benefits of this type of donation are attractive, whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan.

Meet with your professional advisor to learn more about planned giving and naming LUM in your will. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, would enjoy meeting with you when you are ready to begin the conversation (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). Whatever you decide, enjoy this season with your family and friends and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.

Quick Links – Fall Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

IU Health & Central Catholic Engage with LUM


LUM Service Days – Healthy Shelter Initiative

As a part of the LUM Healthy Shelter Initiative, each month a group of volunteers are recruited to “deep clean” the LUM Emergency Shelter as well as the rest of the Ray Ewry Center facility and grounds.

On two separate dates recently, the eighth-grade students from Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and staff from IU Health participated in a LUM Service Day at the LUM Ray Ewry Center. Both groups deep cleaned the LUM Ray Ewry Center, home of the LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs. The Central Catholic students also prepared a meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter.

LUM is grateful for each business, church, and school group whose members take the time to volunteer at LUM. Special thanks to Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and IU Health for their support of LUM. If your organization or business would like to volunteer with LUM, please visit the LUM website or email or call Terri Anderson, LUM Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

$50,000 for 50 Years – Anniversary Campaign


90% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

As of today, 90% or $45,172 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April.  

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. So far in 2022, the LUM Financial Assistance Program has had 1,544 requests for housing, utility and health-care, disbursing $102,247 of assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Favorite LUM Memories


LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

This is the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration year! Throughout the LUM 50th Anniversary year, friends, volunteers & staff members have been sharing theirFavorite LUM Memories.” Please read and enjoy these LUM memories.





LUM would love to know your favorite memory of working with, supporting or being served by LUM. If you are willing to share your “Favorite LUM Memory,” click the button below.

LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run – Thanksgiving Morning

It’s Time for the Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run

Be the first to sign up for 5K run for a great cause on Thanksgiving morning. On Thursday, November 24, LUM will sponsor the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area in West Lafayette. This is a professionally timed run open to all levels of runners, joggers and walkers. It is a fun, family event. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $10 for youth, 13 years old and younger. All proceeds fund each of the LUM programs (assistancefoodyouth, and homeless services), which directly benefit local households and individuals. For more information and to register to participate in the Turkey Trot 5K Run, go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

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

  • Date: Thursday, November 24
  • Times: Run start time — 8:30 a.m.; Check-In — 7:00-8:15 a.m.
  • Place: Connection Point Church, 2541 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • 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.

Make a Donation Button
Turkey Trot 5K – Donation

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

Homeless Services – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Every Night – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Volunteer | Donate Provide Meals | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive |


Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Homeless Services will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this difficult time. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Food Pantries – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this fall & winter. The pandemic and the cost of food & fuel are impacting local families as well as food banks. Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

  • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
  • GIVING GARDENERS – If you wish to donate 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 – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. 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 for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursday, November 24 – Noon – Thanksgiving Day
Volunteer | Donate | Needed Food & Supplies | Host a Collection Drive |


The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is a true community event, where everyone is welcome on Thanksgiving Day (11/24) for a FREE holiday feast. LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community. More than 800 meals will be served. Here are a three ways YOU can help the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast:

  • DONATE – Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. To donate, click HERE.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Donate food items, prepared food, and/or supplies. To donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – To sign up to volunteer, click HERE

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


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

LUM Needs Socks


We’re Almost Out of Our Most Requested Item

Socks are the most requested item in the LUM Office and at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Please consider a gift of socks to LUM. Prefer adult, size large, dark or white, and good quality.

  • DROP OFF — Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN.
  • SHIP – Order socks online and have them shipped to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. And, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase.
    • Go to smile.amazon.com,
    • Select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,”
    • Order needed SOCKS (or other needed items), and
    • LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. 

Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most — but donations of “Needed Items” are welcome to support the LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN), Youth Programs, Emergency Shelter, Community Thanksgiving Feast, and Jubilee Christmas.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM needs food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, disposable razors, paper products, cleaning supplies, snacks, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that LUM keeps 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 “collection drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Ask your members, friends, family and colleagues to donate Needed Items from the LUM Wish List, such as food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, and disposable razors. 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) — or snacks for the After School Program — or socks for the Emergency Shelter.