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Meet Josh Prokopy – New Role with LUM in 2020

This year, Josh J. Prokopy will be expanding his role with LUM to include outreach, fundraising and tax assistance. Josh will now be the director of two major fundraising events (Hunger Hike & Turkey Trot 5K Run), the Tax Assistance Program and the Dream Team project.

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three teenage children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Anabel & Margaret are both in 10th grade, and David is in 7th grade, all at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County.

Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and both a Master’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to being active in the community with housing related organizations and with his church, he is an avid home-brewer of beer and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Josh enjoys being out in nature, playing strategy games, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a pint of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have someone with Josh’s talent and experience as a member of the team.

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Register Today

Fundraiser for LUM benefiting Local Families

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. Families, dogs, walkers, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome. It is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Build lifetime memories — and support local families in need through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

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

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave,West Lafayette
  • 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.

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

Turkey Trot 5K – New Costume Contest


Turkey Trot 5K Run – fundraiser for LUM programs for local families
Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Morning
Run start time — 8 a.m. | Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
$35 Adult; $10 Youth (under 13)


The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run has always been a fun and festive event. In this spirit, the Turkey Trot Costume Contest will be new this year. Many participants already show up in costumes and fancy hats. To honor them and encourage more, this year, for the first time, the Best Costume (adult & youth) will be selected and given a prize. Our contest winners will be selected by judges, one of whom is the Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, and awarded prizes along with the fastest runners at the awards ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on the day of the Turkey Trot 5K Run.

Don’t forget to get register for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. Families, dogs, walkers, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome. It is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Build lifetime memories — and support local families in need through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry.


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

Start a New Family Tradition This Thanksgiving Morning

Lafayette Urban Ministry offers two fun & meaningful community events on Thanksgiving Day (11/28) for you to start a new family tradition. This year, why not get your family engaged in the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run by cooking, shopping, running, and/or volunteering? Learn more about each event below.


Turkey Trot 5K Run – Bring the Entire Family

For many families in our community, participating in the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a fun tradition. Although it is a professionally timed 5K run, families, dogs, walkers, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome. It is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. So, if your family is here for Thanksgiving this year, sign them all up — and start a new family tradition and build a lifetime of memories — all while supporting local families in need through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry. For more information and to register for the Turkey Trot 5K Run, please click HERE.

Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette
  • 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

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Thanksgiving Morning

Fundraiser for LUM benefiting Local Families

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.
Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave,West Lafayette
  • 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.

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavor #3 – Turkey Trot 5K

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Fundraiser for LUM Programs

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.
Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette
  • 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.

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a “chip-timed” run with trophies for the fastest times. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavors

November & December Events at LUM

The Fall & Winter season is always exciting and busy at LUM. There is one community event, two fundraisers and a Christmas assistance program for local families. Please attend and support these programs if you are able. Donations and volunteers are most welcome. For information on the Fall & Winter events at LUM, click on the name of the event below.

For information on all LUM events, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike

Hunger Hike (September 22) is three weeks away. NOW is the perfect time to get started! The Hunger Hike 3K Walk kicks off on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, Lafayette.

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. It’s 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 way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

Donate | Online Fundraising Site | More Info: go to hungerhike.org |

If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email hungerhike@lumserve.org for more information.


Port of Hope

Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


Thanksgiving Celebration

Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 28) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 28) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.


Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas (December 14) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


For more information about LUM Events, click HERE.

Income Tax Preparation Season is HERE


Josh Prokopy – LUM Tax Assistance Director

Josh J. Prokopy is the new program director for the LUM VITA tax assistance program. With LUM, Josh has served the past two years as the Turkey Trot 5K Run director.

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Annabel & Margaret are both 14 years old and in 9th grade at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, and David (11) is in 6th grade at West Lafayette Intermediate School. They are members of Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work both from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Josh is active in his church.

Josh shares,“My priorities are to raise my family as best I can, to let loose children who care about the world and our future, to better understand the world around me, and to try and make a difference, at least in a small way, within my community.” He finds inspiration in his father, “who was extremely independent minded and hard working, and never cared a hoot for what anyone else thought of him. He lived his own life in his own way, but did so much to enrich the world around him.” Josh is excited about his role with LUM, and stated, “If we can do anything at all to give people a renewed sense of hope, than we’ve made a huge impact in their lives.”

Josh is an avid home-brewer of beer and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He enjoys being out in nature, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a glass of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have Josh Prokopy rejoin the LUM staff in this new role.

Volunteer Needed – This Holiday Season


Jubilee Christmas – Volunteers Needed

LUM Jubilee Christmas needs lots of volunteer “elves” to bring Christmas to local families and children in need. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • Host a Family on Saturday, December 8 (100+ needed)
  • Staff our “Donation Center” – Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m.
  • Sort Toys – December 4 & 6
  • Prepare a Mailing to our registered families (Nov. 5)

These opportunities are perfect for GROUPS (student organizations, civic & church groups, families & groups of co-workers).

Learn more and sign up today. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Turkey Trot 5K Run – Volunteers Needed


Be part of the annual LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run as a walker, runner or volunteer.

Volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, Nov. 22) from 6-9:30 a.m. at Walmart/Christina’s, West Lafayette, including…

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 –
    Advanced Check In, noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 –
    Check In, 6-8:15 a.m.
    Food/Water distribution, 6:15-9 a.m.
    Course Guides, 7:15-9 a.m.

If you wish to participate as a walker or runner, click HERE.

Volunteer and make a difference in your community this Thanksgiving holiday — all in support of the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

All proceeds benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Emergency Shelter – Volunteers Needed

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m.-7 a.m. or 8 p.m. -midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment.

The LUM Winter Warming Station will open in mid-November and will also need volunteers each night.

MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal for the shelter guests once or regularly, click HERE for more information.

For more information on homeless services volunteer opportunities at LUM, click  HERE.


Thanksgiving – Volunteers Needed

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Everyone is welcome at the annual LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and LUM relies on dozens of volunteers like you. There are many opportunities for YOU to serve your community neighbors on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, including…

  • Cooking, serving
  • Performing
  • Hosting, greeting
  • Setting up, cleaning up

Donations of food & supplies are also needed. Volunteer and make a difference in your community this Thanksgiving holiday.


Donations and volunteers are needed to make it a success.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help to defray the $9,000 expense for the meal.  Click “make a donation” below.

Check out the Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List below. Please sign up to donate & volunteer TODAY.

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After School – Volunteers Needed

The LUM After School Program needs volunteers from 2-6 p.m., every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Volunteer bus drivers are also needed. Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. For more information, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).

For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, HERE.


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