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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.



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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!

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.

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

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LUM Raised $5,140 on #GivingTuesday


Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue youcare about, on GivingTuesday you transformed the way we think about and act on giving all year long.

Thank you for participating in GivingTuesday — and for supporting LUM.


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LUM Participating in #GivingTuesday


A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give


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LUM invites you to participate in #GivingTuesday — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need in our community. 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 & Friday at the LUM Food Pantries, the students in our youth center programs, and the guests using our shelter
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like new bunk beds and mattresses and outdoor lockers at the shelter for the health and safety of our guests
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need
  • Purchase CLEANING & PAPER SUPPLIES like toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet paper, latex gloves & paper towels

This continuing crisis has placed a 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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#GivingTuesday 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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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!

Please SHARE with others.

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.