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LUM Tax Assistance Program Prevails in 2021


A Journey of Determination & Success

“It is clear that despite COVID-19 our program has been a success,”

Josh Prokopy, the LUM Tax Assistance director

Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. LUM is proud of the Tax Assistance team for making it possible to continue offering this service during the pandemic.

Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • 242 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $338,856 – Federal Refunds
  • $34,320 – State Refunds
  • $373,176 – Total Refunds
  • $21,176 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
  • $68,016 – Federal – Earned Income Credit
  • $5,048 – State – Earned Income Credit
  • $73,064 – Total in Earned Income Credit

Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers can’t afford to have their tax returns prepared professionally – or have limited access to technology to prepare their own
  • Federal & state support for working families is often offered through tax code
  • If individuals don’t file, significant tax credits and the Economic Impact Payments (AKA stimulus money) will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds & stimulus money boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

Josh also shared,

It’s taken extra work, but our 16 volunteers were up to the challenge, and worked very hard under difficult conditions.

This year the volunteers were James Binkley, Connie Decker, Kathy Hicks, Ai Ai Lau, Joan Marshall, Karen Marty, Nina Morgan, Patti O’Callaghan, Rob Patrick, Margaret Prokopy, Bharathi Raghothama, Carol Robicheaux, Andrea Schmidt, Tricia Sembroski, Barbara Sharkey, and Ron Smith. 

Join us in THANKING these volunteers.


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A Fortunate Few Donate Stimulus to LUM


“Paying It Sideways” – Donating Stimulus Check

Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been the grateful recipient of stimulus funds from individuals “Paying It Sideways.”

  • One local family shared that, “We just donated our stimulus payment to the (LUM) Good Samaritan Fund so LUM can give it to people who really need it.
  • Another shared that, “I hope during this difficult time that my stimulus check can go farther in your hands helping those who really need it!
  • A third family shared that, “We knew that our family did not need the stimulus money and wanted to donate it. We wanted the money to benefit our community and knew that LUM was a good place to give. Our family is happy to support LUM, and would encourage others to do the same.

LUM continues to be right on the front lines of this crisis, helping local families with emergency financial assistance and nutritious food, and helping individuals with safe shelter. If you have decided to use your stimulus money to help others less fortunate and don’t know how, LUM is a great option. LUM enables YOU to give anonymously and with the peace of mind that your gift will be well-utilized to quickly help people in our local community.


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TAX Assistance – Volunteers Needed


This year due to strict COVID-19 protocols, the LUM Tax Assistance Program needs more volunteers than usual.

LUM has developed a “no contact” plan to get taxes done, and volunteers are needed. Many of our clients will be getting their tax information to us online. However, there will be plenty of clients who lack either the technology or the confidence to do that. LUM is offering “no contact” sessions every weekend from February through April where clients can drop off their materials and get them scanned. All interactions with clients will happen through a glass door using a drop slot to collect materials.

 The LUM Tax Assistance Program needs volunteers to help:

  • Verify client IDs and collect their documents
  • Scan their documents and get them uploaded to a secure site

 Tax time can be scary, and without the normal in-person tax clinics that our clients are so used to, this year is likely to be scarier than most. 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 you would like to find out more, please email the Tax Assistance program manager, Josh Prokopy, at jprokopy@lumserve.org.


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.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

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HOMELESSNESS Services – Volunteers Needed


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. (Shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old.)
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelterare as follows:


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.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.

FOOD Assistance – Volunteers Needed


The LUM Protein Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups; and needs volunteers each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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


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.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.

YOUTH Programs – Volunteers Needed


The LUM After School Program needs volunteers from 2 to 6 p.m., every weekday.

Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Please consider signing up NOW to volunteer for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children.

For more information, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).


DINE to DONATE | Tuesday, January 19

Another tasty way to support the LUM After School Program is to participate in the Dine to Donate event ALL DAY on Tuesday, January 19 at Mad Mushroom in Lafayette. For more information, click HERE.


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.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.

Benefits of Volunteering with LUM in 2021


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.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.

Local Individuals “Paid It Sideways” to LUM


Stimulus Money & Retirement Package Donated

Two local individuals, who both wish to remain anonymous, recently “Paid It Sideways” to Lafayette Urban Ministry. One individual donated his entire $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (AKA stimulus funds) and and a second individual donated her entire $6,000 retirement package. Both individuals chose to remain anonymous but shared that they did not need the money and wanted it to benefit the community. They knew that they could trust LUM to use it to support local families in need.

LUM continues to be right on the front lines of this crisis, helping local families with emergency financial assistance, low cost child care & nutritious food; and safe shelter for individuals in need. If you want to use your stimulus money (or retirement package) to help others less fortunate and don’t know how, LUM is a great option. LUM enables YOU to give anonymously and with the peace of mind that your gift will be well-utilized to quickly help people in our local community.


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TODAY is #GivingTuesdayNow


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


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LUM invites you to participate TODAY in #GivingTuesdayNow — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Not everyone is in a position to make a contribution right now, but for those of you who have asked, “What can I do?” you can be a part of this important movement by making a gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry today.

With each donation made today, LUM will be able to…

  • Give FOOD to local families each Thursday at the LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies required by new CDC guidelines like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like portable sinks, sneeze guards & infrared thermometers for the health and safety of the students enrolled in summer child care, guests at the shelter, and clients visiting the office for assistance
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase COVID-19 CLEANING SUPPLIES like latex gloves, face shields, face masks & paper towels

This crisis has placed a sudden and immediate financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to staying open for business. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.


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#GivingTuesdayNow is Here. Today. Now.

Please support LUM on #GivingTuesdayNow!

You can make a donation online or mail in your donation. Make your check payable to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it TODAY to Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Your generosity will support LUM assistance programs and homeless services, help maintain our properties, and prepare for reopening youth programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


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Donate to LUM

LUM Participating in #GivingTuesdayNow


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


Make a Donation Button
Donate to LUM

LUM invites you to participate TODAY in #GivingTuesdayNow — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Not everyone is in a position to make a contribution right now, but for those of you who have asked, “What can I do?” you can be a part of this important movement by making a gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry today.

With each donation made today, LUM will be able to…

  • Give FOOD to local families each Thursday at the LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies required by new CDC guidelines like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like portable sinks, sneeze guards & infrared thermometers for the health and safety of the students enrolled in summer child care, guests at the shelter, and clients visiting the office for assistance
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase COVID-19 CLEANING SUPPLIES like latex gloves, face shields, face masks & paper towels

This crisis has placed a sudden and immediate financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to staying open for business. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.


Make a Donation Button
Donate to LUM

#GivingTuesdayNow is Here. Today. Now.

Please support LUM on #GivingTuesdayNow!

You can make a donation online or mail in your donation. Make your check payable to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it TODAY to Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Your generosity will support LUM assistance programs and homeless services, help maintain our properties, and prepare for reopening youth programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


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Donate to LUM