Category Archives: Volunteer

Be a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer at LUM


Every year, hundreds of low income families come to LUM to get their taxes done. We all know how scary tax time can be, but here at LUM it’s often a time of joy. Families who struggle every day just to get by, come here to learn they’re going to get a refund that will place badly needed money back in their pockets. And you can be a part of making that happen!

The average family that uses the LUM Tax Assistance Program earns a little more than $20,000 a year. They cannot afford to pay a professional to do their taxes, and many lack the confidence, experience, or ability to complete the returns on their own.  

Being a volunteer tax preparer at LUM can be an incredibly rewarding experience.Since, it is a small program, our volunteers have the chance to get to know their clients, and to feel the very personal and immediate reward that comes with realizing they have truly helped someone. At the same time, our volunteers have a lot of fun. Volunteers and staff get to know each other, socialize together between client visits, and help each other solve problems as they arise.

While a few of our volunteers are tax professionals, looking for a way to use their skills to help those in need, others just love the mental challenge of completing a tax return, and still others come to us with no background in math or taxes whatsoever. There have even been volunteers who started off terrified of numbers, only to discover that taxes weren’t that scary after all.

Tax tax clinics are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning in February and going through early April. You can sign up for as many or as few clinics as you’d like.

All volunteers need to complete an IRS tax certification. This can seem intimidating at first glance, but don’t worry! There will be Saturday prep classes in December and January to help you get ready. And once you’re certified you can spend a clinic or two shadowing a more experienced volunteer before taking your first client. And if you run into problems you don’t understand, there’s always someone there to help!

Anyone can learn to do this, regardless of background or experience. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer tax preparer, please email program director, Josh Prokopy at jprokopy@lumserve.org.

 

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30 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas

Volunteers Needed & Donations Welcome


Recently the LUM Jubilee Christmas coordinators representing 27 local churches met at Lafayette Urban Ministry. At the meeting each Jubilee Christmas coordinator received a list of their “families.” The coordinators were excited because now they may begin their toy shopping and event planning.
 
This year Jubilee Christmas will serve more than 640 local families including close to 1,850 local children. Churches & organizations across the county will host 25 events on Saturday, December 14.
 
Lots of VOLUNTEERS are needed. DONATIONS of new (unwrapped) toys, books, games, gift cards, batteries, gift wrap, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/blankets are welcome and may be dropped off at the Jubilee Christmas Donation Center (Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6 from 1-5 p.m.) at 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette. You can help Jubilee Christmas even more by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.
 

Pictured above is part of our Jubilee Christmas team — some of our Host Site Coordinators. God bless our hardworking and loving JC coordinators. They are truly the heart & soul of Jubilee Christmas each year. If you see them, please thank them for all they do for the children in our community during this Christmas season.


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Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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Bus Drivers Needed – Paid – Part-time


One Hour Per Day – $20 per hour

This school year, the LUM After School Program expanded to serve 60 students from each school corporation in our area — SO — additional Bus Drivers are needed. Bus drivers transport children from their schools at dismissal time to the LUM After School Program.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Dates: Monday-Friday, NOW through May 19, 2020, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session
  • $20 per hour, 5 hours per week maximum
  • Route: From LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center to Schools to Youth Center
  • Requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record
If interested please call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).
For more information, click HERE.

Has HUNGER HIKE Reached Its Goal? NOT Yet!

The Need is Great – So, Fundraising Continues
So far, more than 92% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. Won’t you please make a donation allowing LUM, Food Finders & St. Thomas Aquinas to continue to offer important food & nutrition programs?
 
Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach the goal:
 
  1. Make a Donation NOW, click HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or Team, click HERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. If you are fundraising and have a First Giving page or team — send out another appeal to your friends, click HERE
  4. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – (1 for $10 | 2/$15 | 6/$30) – To get yours, email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.
 
Special THANKS to every donor, fundraiser, church, team, and event sponsor for your support. Let’s work together to reach $100,000 this year. And thanks.
 
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.

Seasonal Flavor #4 – Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas – Making Parents the Heroes

LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and under, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.
Jubilee Christmas details are as follows:

  • DatesJubilee Christmas Day – Saturday, December 14
  • Times: Part 1 – Noon – 2 p.m.; Part 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Other Dates/Times
    Open Registration – Monday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. (volunteers need) 
    Donation Center Open – December 2-10, 1-5 p.m. (volunteers need)
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • Host Sites: if your church or group would like to become a “host site,” click HERE for more information
  • Family Registration information: if you wish to refer a family to participate, click HERE
  • For More information: go to lumserve.org/jubilee-christmas

VOLUNTEERS are need on Monday, October 21 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from December 2-10 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).


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Jubilee Christmas

Bus Drivers Needed – Paid – Part-time


One Hour Per Day – $20 per hour

This school year, the LUM After School Program expanded to serve 60 students from each school corporation in our area — SO — additional Bus Drivers are needed. Bus drivers transport children from their schools at dismissal time to the LUM After School Program.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Dates: Monday-Friday, NOW through May 19, 2020, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session
  • $20 per hour, 5 hours per week maximum
  • Route: From LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center to Schools to Youth Center
  • Requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record
If interested please call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).
For more information, click HERE.

We’re Thinking about “Christmas in September”

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

It’s less than 100 days until the LUM Jubilee Christmas day — Saturday, December 14. LUM is thinking about Christmas in July — because it’s never too early to begin planning for Jubilee Christmas. Won’t you please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2019?

Four Ways YOU and your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event, click HERE
  • PARTNER with a JC Host Site that is hosting Families, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – learn more, click HERE
    • Register Families (10/21-23) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Donation Center (12/2-12) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/14) – to sign up, click HERE
  • DONATE – learn more, click HERE
    • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
    • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year on Jubilee Christmas Day, 1,831 children from 640 families received gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food for Christmas Day at 27 different events. If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, October 10 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Open Registration — M-W, October 21-23 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 12 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Donation Center Open – Monday, December 2 – Friday, Dec. 6, Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10 (1 – 5 p.m.) 
  • Host Sites Pick-Up – Thursday, December 12 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14
    • Part 1 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – various locations
    • Part 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Oakland High School
    • Part 3 – 5 p.m. – Oakland High School

If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


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4 Ways You Can Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

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

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).

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


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Get Engaged with LUM & Invest in LUM

Support Local Children & Strengthen Families

DONATE — Lafayette Urban Ministry receives most of its financial support from individual gifts, member church contributions, and donations from church & civic groups and businesses. There are many different ways & options for giving to LUM, including an unrestricted donation, a designated gift to a specific program, a pledge with payments over the course of the year, pre-authorized automatic monthly donations, estate planning, establishing or giving to an existing endowment, and a memorial/special event gift. You may give securely online, by mail or in person — with cash, check, credit card, debit card, electronic check or through an authorized direct withdrawal. You may also help LUM by attending any (or all) of the LUM fundraising events such as Hunger Hike (food programs), Port of Hope (Immigration Clinic), and the Turkey Trot 5K Run (LUM programs). To learn more, go to the LUM website, call us, email us or stop by the LUM Office (lumserve.org/donate | 765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).


VOLUNTEER — There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the After School Program to helping run the 44-bed Emergency Shelter for the homeless. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being a regular advocate with the Immigration Clinic, Good Samaritan Program or ID Clinic — or doing data entry at the LUM Food Pantry or intake for our shelter guests each weekday afternoon —  to one time work with an events like Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, the Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, the Turkey Trot 5K Run, Jubilee Christmas, and LUM Camp. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. To learn more, go to the LUM website, call us, email us or stop by the LUM Office (lumserve.org/volunteer | 765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).

LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope – For Your Use

Share with Others How Much You Love LUM

If you love and support Lafayette Urban Ministry and want to share your passion with others — the LUM Video is for you!
 
LUM produced the video, “Giving Help, Giving Hope,” to be used 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 YOU, as well as member churches, may use the video to entice others 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 others today.
 
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