Category Archives: Giving

55th Annual – LUM Camp 2019 – Best Ever!

LUM Campers “Gear Up!” for the Future

Last week, local children from low-income families participated in the 55th annual LUM Camp. LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for 84 boys and girls (8, 9 and 10 years old), who come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp includes all the traditional activities that a great camp should have, such as morning chapel, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, boating, a climbing wall, arts & crafts, campfires, a zip-line and an outstanding LUM Camp staff.

Along with all of these activities, LUM Camp focuses on interactive and experiential learning. Our theme this year was GEAR Up! GEAR stands for Great Education Activates Readiness, and our campers engaged in lots of interactive, hands-on experiential learning. They learned about careers in archaeology, coding, cyber security, chemistry, and engineering; and blasted off their own rockets, ran through a maker space relay, and even took home their own coding program.

LUM Camp – Board Night – Ice Cream Social

On July 31, our LUM friends & board members traveled in the LUM bus out to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County to experience an evening at LUM Camp.

When our LUM friends & board members arrived they met the campers and sang camp songs. They were then treated to an authentic camp supper followed by an ice cream social, which included ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s. Our guests scooped and served the ice cream to our campers giving them more time to interact. The highlight of Board Night for the campers, as well as our guests, was the laser light show. You could tell that our guests enjoyed camp life for a few hours and our campers enjoyed having visitors.

Thank you to everyone who helped make LUM Camp 2019 possible. Through your donations, campership gifts, and volunteer time, you have once again made it possible for our LUM Campers to have a positive, life-changing experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives.

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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 —  |
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  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, call 765-423-2691 or email

Centier Bank Donated to LUM for Hunger Hike

Joe Howarth, president of Centier Bank, recently presented a check for $500 to LUM executive director, Joe Micon, for Lafayette Urban Ministry in support of Hunger Hike 2019 (pictured right). Centier Bank is a Bronze Level Sponsor of Hunger Hike again this year.
Thanks to Joe Howarth and the entire team at Centier Bank for their generous donation and continued support of LUM and Hunger Hike.

So far, the Hunger Hike Event Sponsors are as follows:

Gold Level – $2,000 – $4,999

Silver Level – $1,000 – $1,999

Bronze Level – $500 – $999

  • Centier Bank
  • City of Lafayette, Indiana
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
  • Instant Copy Printing
  • Underwood Agency
  • Warren County REMC

Friend Level – $300 – $499

  • Arni’s
  • Aqua Systems – Lafayette
  • Awards Unlimited
  • Blichmann Engineering, LLC
  • Chosnek Law, PC
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • RatPak Mobile DJs
  • Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette

Please thank the Hunger Hike event sponsors for joining the Fight Against Hunger —and support their businesses, please. If you’re interested in becoming a 2019 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |

Underwood Agency Awarded Grant for LUM

Chuck Clark, president of the Underwood Agency, recently presented a check for $1,000 to LUM executive director, Joe Micon (pictured right). Chuck Clark nominated LUM for the matching donor program at Erie Insurance and was awarded a grant. Underwood Agency is also a Bronze Level Sponsor of this year’s Hunger Hike with a donation of $500.
Thanks to Chuck Clark, the entire team at Underwood Agency and Erie Insurance for their generous donation and support of LUM and Hunger Hike.

LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope

Lafayette Urban Ministry presents the video, “Giving Help, Giving Hope,” which is being used by LUM board members and staff to recruit new volunteers, engage new churches, civic & school groups, and ask individuals and businesses to invest in LUM by making a donation.

This video is available to the public through the LUM website, and anyone, including member churches, may use the video to entice their members to engage and invest in LUM as well. The video features Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and several LUM volunteers who tell heart-felt stories about how LUM “Gives Help & Gives Hope” each and every day of the year.

Please share with your members. Thanks.

LUM Shelter Benefits from NCHS Grant

North Central Health Services Awards $963 to LUM

North Central Health Services recently awarded the LUM Emergency Shelter a grant in the amount of $963 to purchase equipment to launch a video program to address addiction.

Addiction and homelessness are directly correlated. At the LUM Emergency Shelter there has been a focus on addiction including a nightly support group for the guests. With this grant money, LUM was able to launch a new, creative video series program to enhance the focus on addiction. During check-in each afternoon, at dinner and at breakfast, a series of videos are played for the guests which focus on addiction in a wide array of different, inspiring, creative and often entertaining ways. So far the video program has been well received by the LUM shelter guests. LUM is committed to addressing addiction with our clients and shelter guests and is confident this new program will have a positive impact.
Special thank you to NCHS for their support of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the Emergency Shelter. LUM would not have been able to offer this program without the support of NCHS and this grant.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and this program, please make a donation online.

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Two Unique Experiences Benefited LUM

Thanks to East End Grill & the Samara House Trust

Two local events, offering one-of-a-kind, unique experiences, benefited the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program for local families.

East End Grill hosted a Dining & Wine Experience, which included an incredible four-course meal with wine pairing. This event raised $1,000. (Pictured above.)

The second event was the Samara Experience, which was an intimate tour of the John and Catherine Christian House (Frank Lloyd Wright home) and closed with a lovely reception. This event raised $540. (Pictured above.)

Special thanks to the following…
  • LUM Board Members: Alee Gunderson, Joan Low & Cheryl Fowler (pictured to right)
  • LUM Member Churches: The Church of the Blessed Sacrament & Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Our sponsors: East End Grill & the Samara Trust
  • All who participated in the Dining & Wine and Samara Experiences

One hundred percent of the money raised at these two events ($1,540) will assist local children and families in financial crisis. If you wish to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please make a donation the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

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Summertime is for Fun, Family & Reflection

Planning for Summer – Planning for Your Future

Summer is in full swing, and many of us are spending more time outdoors and traveling with our family & friends. Summertime is often a time for reflection and planning.

At LUM, staff are looking toward the future — preparing for fall programs like Hunger HikePort of Hope, Interfaith Community Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. You may also be spending the summer planning for your future and reflecting how you may assist those less fortunate. Perhaps you could create a personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. During our lifetimes, we support our neighbors with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of our ministry will continue for all perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM. Consider also remembering Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

First, meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you are ready, please email or call Joe Micon, LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you ( | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click HERE.

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.

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Emergency Shelter Needs Overnight Volunteers

Currently there are openings for Overnight Shelter Volunteers. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include check-in, serve dinner, and distribute toiletries. Volunteers must be able to maintain confidentiality, interact with a variety of people, be at least 18 years old, and attend one Shelter Training Session. Training sessions are offered every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (no need to register for training).

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter 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 Shelter Guests, click HERE

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call David Heckert ( | 765-423-2691).