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LUM Receives $100,000 Matching Opportunity to Benefit 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program


Richard C. and Betty M. Nelson

DRAFT – LONG VERSION – Website Post

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette announced a new gift matching opportunity to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. Richard C. & Betty M. Nelson have generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar, gifts of $1,000 or greater for an endowment named in honor of the Nelsons. Gifts of $10,000 or greater qualify for a named endowment, i.e., Joan and James Smith Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry. Gifts will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until matching funds are accounted for or, through July 15, 2023, whichever comes first.

To participate in this match opportunity, please email or call Candy Silver with The Foundation regarding the types of gifts that are eligible for this matching program (candy@inspiringgreater.org | 765-742-9078).

The Nelsons said,

“For the two of us, a favorite Biblical quote explains very well why we created an endowment to support the children of LUM: ‘We drink from wells we did not dig; we are warmed by fires we did not kindle.’ (Deut. 6.11) Even though Dick grew up poor and sixth of eight children, and Betty lost her father, the breadwinner of the family, at a young age, in our time on this earth, we both received vast unearned advantages. Others enriched and encouraged us, and shaped our young lives. We are thankful that now we can share some of our assets to benefit children of future generations.”

The LUM executive director, Wes Tillett said,

“The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is a game-changer. Rather than allowing summer to interrupt their development, children in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are actively engaged all summer. Children benefit academically, socially, and psychologically. The Nelson’s endowment, and the gifts they will inspire, is such a blessing and will ensure that many children in Greater Lafayette will continue to have this life-enhancing, education-advancing resource available to them.” 

Established in 2011, the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for students who are struggling, and providing enrichment for students who are doing well for ages pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. The program is run by the LUM Youth Programs Director, trained personnel, and screened volunteer staff. Students participate in active learning activities based on Indiana academic standards in addition to fun crafts, recreation, and educational field trips. Students also receive free lunch and nutritional snacks while participating in the program. In 2022, 64 local children were enrolled.


The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, established in 1970, serves the Tippecanoe County area. Its mission is to inspire, nurture, and practice philanthropy, stewardship, and leadership in the communities served.


Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for individuals, children and families in Tippecanoe County. For 50 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to our neighbors in need. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the individuals, children and families in our community.


Email or call Candy Silver with The Foundation regarding the types of gifts that are eligible for this matching program (candy@inspiringgreater.org | 765-742-9078).


DRAFT – SHORT VERSION – eNewsletter

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette announced a new gift matching opportunity to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. Richard C. & Betty M. Nelson have generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar, gifts of $1,000 or greater for an endowment named in honor of the Nelsons. The Nelsons said, “Others enriched and encouraged us, and shaped our young lives. We are thankful that now we can share some of our assets to benefit children of future generations.”

This is an exciting opportunity to sustain one of the most important LUM programs for many, many years. Please consider investing in the success of local children by taking advantage of this match program for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. LUM is grateful to the Nelsons for their generosity and The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their continued support of LUM.

Gifts will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until matching funds are accounted for or, through July 15, 2023, whichever comes first. Gifts of $10,000 or greater qualify for a named endowmentTo participate in this match opportunity, please email or call Candy Silver with The Foundation (candy@inspiringgreater.org | 765-742-9078) regarding the types of gifts that are eligible for this matching program.


DRAFT – SHORTER VERSION – Social Media

MATCH ALERT! LUM is excited to announce a new match opportunity for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program through The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. Gifts of $1,000 or greater will be matched up to $100,000 thanks to the generosity of Richard C. & Betty M. Nelson. Email or call Candy Silver for more information about qualified gifts for this endowment program (candy@inspiringgreater.org | 765.742.9078). Learn more: https://bit.ly/NelsonLUM5thQtr

Calling All Local Gardeners

The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners” who have “grown a row” for LUM or simply wish to donate from their garden.

LUM Welcomes Donations from “Giving Gardeners”

Donation Drop Off information is as follows:

LUM Protein Food Pantry

  • Every Thursday morning
  • 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6th Street between North & Ferry Streets, Lafayette, IN.
  • Enter Red Door under Green Awning


LUM Westside Food Pantry

  • Every Friday morning
  • 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St, West Lafayette, IN
  • Enter Smiley Street entrance by the playground

LUM Tax Assistance Program Persists in 2022


LUM Tax Program Adapts, Persists & Succeeds


Each year, the LUM Tax Assistance Program offers FREE income tax preparation services for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 resurgence in early 2022, LUM offered both in person and virtual options for our tax assistance clients.

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

  • 309 – Income Tax Returns filed
    • 22 of which were Eldery Tax Credit Returns
  • $453,000 – Total Refunds
    • $407,000 – Federal Refunds
    • $46,000 – State Refunds
  • $121,480 – Total – Earned Income Credit
    • $116,000 – Federal – Earned Income Credit
    • $5,480 – State – Earned Income Credit
  • $21,578 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

How the LUM Tax Assistance Program is a vital program that boosts the local economy:

  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail
  • 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 will be left unclaimed

LUM is proud of the volunteer Tax Assistance team for making it possible to continue offering this service during the COVID resurgence. This year the volunteers were as follows:

  • In PersonConnie Decker, Jan Engle, Dan Gukien, Olena Hillberry, Stacey Hosler, Joan Marshall, Mary Kay McCauley, Nina Morgan, Carol Robicheaux, Tricia Sembroski, Ron Smith, and Terry Stewart
  • Virtual Kathy Hicks, Ai Ai Lau, Patti O’Callaghan, Rob Patrick, Paul Preckel, Bharathi Raghothama, Andrea Schmidt, and Janet Winters

Join us in THANKING these volunteers.


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LUM Stands with Ukraine

The LUM staff members and Board of Directors stand with the people of Ukraine. We urge the leaders, especially the leaders of Russia, to seek diplomacy and end the attacks immediately. Our hearts go out to the children who are being attacked and murdered, the families being separated and having to explain to their children what is happening, and everyone around the world, including students at Purdue University, who worry about the safety of their loved ones in Ukraine and fear the worst for that region of the world. Peace and love always prevail.

Program Aide – After School Program

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LUM has immediate openings for Program Aide with the LUM After School Program. Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

  • Job Status: Part time, 182 days per year
  • Immediate Supervisor: Director, Youth Programs
  • Starting Salary: $15.00 per hour
  • Terms of Employment: As Specified in LUM Personnel Policies
  • Hours of Employment: 20 hours per week, 2:15 pm – 6:15 pm.  Schedule follows the Lafayette School Corporation calendar.

Responsibilities: 

  • Complete all LUM and State required trainings and screenings
  • Supervise ASP children and program daily
  • Assist in development and execution of daily activities
  • Responsible for Transportation of children daily
  • Maintain good communication with supervisor, coworkers, volunteers, and families
  • Assist in daily routines such as snack distribution, outdoor activities, and daily organization and cleanliness
  • Follow guidelines given for Child interaction expectations, Child Guidance and Discipline, and Bus driving and supervision rules
  • Participate in ASP staff meetings

Minimum Requirements:

  • Have a strong faith dynamic as expressed by a willingness to accept and support LUM’s Mission Statement
  • Experience working in a school setting or with children
  • Ability to drive a 14 passenger bus required; willing to obtain a New Hire license
  • Must pass state background check
  • Good verbal and written communication

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).


Lafayette Urban Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political association or belief, or union affiliation or activity, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. LUM is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an equal opportunity employer. LUM will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or parental status.

Finance Director

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LUM has an opening for the LUM Finance Director (currently the Business Manager) with an anticipated starting date of September 1, 2022. Details are as follows:

Job Status: Half-time (negotiable), salaried
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director
Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Benefits: +1⁄3 of salary
Terms of Employment: As specified in LUM personnel policies.
Hours of Employment: 18.75 hours as required

Position Overview:

The Finance Director will be a strategic thought-partner, reporting to the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal system of oversight that supports the mission, goals and objectives of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

This position is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact social service organization. Currently the position is half-time, hours to be determined with the successful candidate pending reorganization of the business office staff.

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements to ED and Executive Council.  Present all critical financial matters to the ED and Executive Council in a timely manner.
  • Assist the ED with the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting including close communication with LUM’s investment companies, the ED, and Executive Council. 
  • Manage departmental tracking of funds.
  • Manage financial reporting for all donors.
  • Oversee financial compliance and reporting for grants.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process with LUM’s accounting firm and the Executive Council.
  • Provide LUM’s accounting firm with information required to prepare and file annual 990 tax return.
  • Assess, document and implement any changes necessary in LUM’s business policies and accounting practices.

Administrative Oversight

  • Comply with requirements of the federal and state government by filing 1099s, annual entity reports, audit waiver applications, and other business administrative duties as required.
  • Oversee management of on-line payment systems (PayPal, PAMP, credit cards, etc.).
  • Oversee financial responsibility for LUM’s rental property including collection and reporting from Housing Choice/Section Program. 
  • Oversee management of LUM credit cards including timely payments.
  • Work closely with LUM staff to ensure consistency in following all LUM policies and procedures. 
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Supervise business office staff.

Payroll and Human Resources 

  • Oversee review of documents from new employees and filing of appropriate information with federal and state governments.
  • Oversee payroll processing. 
  • Oversee preparation of all payroll tax reports and ensure all payments are made in a timely manner. 
  • Process unemployment claims.
  • Ensure that employee files are complete, consistent and streamlined.

Donor Oversight

  • Oversee management of donor databases including reconciling with QuickBooks.
  • Oversee acknowledging individual donations.
  • Send annual letters to donors and prepare appropriate IRS donation acknowledgements, such 1098-C as needed.

Grant Management

  • Experience with grant management is helpful but not required.
  • Assist ED with grant budget requests.
  • Review grant expenditures for allowability.
  • Submit grant financial reports and reimbursement requests as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in accounting, and 5 years of professional experience in broad financial and operational management. 
  • Competency in use of Quickbooks (or similar) software and commonly used spreadsheet, database and word processing software.
  • Experience with final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data and reporting. 
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Experience managing human resource functions is preferred but not required.
  • Not-for-profit accounting experience, grant management and audit coordination are helpful but not required.
  • Ability to conduct all aspects of the job with discretion.
  • Strong faith dynamic as expressed by a willingness to support LUM’s mission statement.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills and an ability to work cooperatively with diverse people and groups (church, secular, public, private, low income).
  • Commitment to self-determination of the poor.
  • Ability to travel when needed as required by job duties.

Lafayette Urban Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political association or belief, or union affiliation or activity, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. LUM is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an equal opportunity employer. LUM will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or parental status.

Neil Klemme Match Program Raises $8,355

LUM was excited to partner again this year with the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency, a local small business, for the annual November Match Program. Thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme, State Farm, and all of our November donors the effort raised more than $8,355. This will give LUM a tremendous boost in the effort to support local families and children in our community with Christmas assistance. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency — and YOU! Please contact Neil Klemme when you get a chance and thank him and his team.

Klemme Match – NOW through November 30

Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

For ONLY 6 MORE DAYS, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,000 Match Donation” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Klemme Match” button (NOW through Tuesday, November 30), make a donation, and the Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match donations up to $3,000. This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


November 1 through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Klemme Match – NOW through November 30

Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

For the entire month of November, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,000 Match Donation” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Klemme Match” button from November 1 through November 30, make a donation, and the Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match donations up to $3,000.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


November 1 through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program

$3,000 Match – Entire Month of November

For the entire month of November, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,000 Match Donation” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Klemme Match” button from November 1 through November 30, make a donation, and the Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match donations up to $3,000.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


November 1 through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

 

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation