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LUM Camp Needs YOU! Counselors Needed!


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).



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Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?


During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselor! Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29

Marlena Edmondson, the LUM Camp director (pictured) wants YOU to join the leadership team as a volunteer camp counselor. LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.


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Central Presbyterian Serves Shelter Meal


Church Members Offer Healthy Meal & Fellowship

Pictured L to R are Harriet Smith, Chip & Carolyn Goldsberry, and Nancy Nargi.

Recently, members of the Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette, IN) prepared and served a meal to the guests of the LUM Emergency Shelter — and offered fellowship as well. Thanks to Central Presbyterian Church for their commitment to our community and continued support of LUM.

If you or your group would like to prepare and serve LUM Emergency Shelter Meals, here’s what to do:

For more information or to sign up, click HERE or the button below — or email or call us (shelter@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Camp Needs YOU! Join the Team!


Volunteer Camp Counselor Needed – July 25-29

LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. Make this the year that YOU “have fun to make a difference” in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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Delta Tau Delta Makes Two Special Donations


Delta Tau Delta Donates & Brings Easter to LUM

Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette and are very helpful. They recently surprised LUM with two special donation. First, the fraternity members prepared beautiful 48 Easter baskets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers were touched by their kindness and generosity. Second, the chapter also made a donation to LUM for $616.22 to support the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students and the members of Purdue student organizations and Greek-letter organizations. Special thanks to the members of the Purdue Delts for this special, surprise gift for the LUM students.


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LUM Honors Volunteers with Service Awards

LUM Volunteer Appreciation Reception

LUM could not serve our community without thousands of volunteers each year, who assist in each program and with each event. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, LUM recognized all of our dedicated volunteers at the 50th Anniversary Celebration and the LUM Volunteer Appreciation Reception last week.

This year, LUM also recognized at least one volunteer from each program as a 2021 Star Volunteer, who were selected by each of the program directors. The LUM 2021 Star Volunteers are as follows: Thomas Busch (Immigration Clinic), Kathy Coder (Westside Food Pantry), Connie Decker (Tax Assistance), Susan Edgell (Youth Programs), Bayley Emig (Youth Programs) Connie Farrell (Bulk Mail), Joan Marshall (Reception Desk), Kim Reneau (Protein Food Pantry), Shirley Robertson (Financial Assistance & Jubilee Christmas), Duane Sellers (Hunger Hike), Tricia Sembroski (Financial Assistance, Tax Assistance, Board Treasurer & Jubilee Christmas), Adelia Sorge (Immigration Clinic), Brandyn Stack (Emergency Shelter), Diane West (Turkey Trot 5K Run), and Marilyn Zerbes (Business Office). If you wish to read more about the LUM 2021 Star Volunteers, see below.

Please join us in thanking each and every voluteer, especially the Star Volunteers. If you wish to volunteer with LUM please click the button below or email volunteer@LUMserve.org.


LUM 2021 Star Volunteers

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For making a significant contribution in court-related asylum cases, preventing the deportation of families for the Immigration Clinic. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For your willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that the West Side Food Pantry clients are well cared for. You have been a backup for the director, arrive early for set-up, delivered food to clients, and helped move over-supply for food as needed. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that the Tax Assistance Program was a success. Connie worked tirelessly to explain our new model to clients. She showed up every single Saturday morning to help run the drop off clinic, and was friendly and welcoming even when clients were agitated or had forgotten to complete their paperwork. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For bringing consistency and help to the After School Program. For your initiative in direct interactions with the children and staff. You have helped in all areas of programming. Building relationships with children and staff. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For serving with a positive attitude, working additional days to help get a project completed, and being a true asset to the Bulk Mail team. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond for our clients and guests at the Reception desk. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For your willingness to go above and beyond regular duties of the Protein Food Pantry by being early for setup, delivering food to clients, moving over-supply of produce to LTHC and much more. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For volunteering 2-3 mornings a week to meet with Financial Assistance Clients, and always doing so with an uplifting, positive energy. Shirley played an important role in LUM’s ability to keep the Financial Assistance Program running smoothly during the pandemic. Thank you for your kindness, encouraging words and undying commitment to serving people in need, and for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! Hunger Hike would not be what it is without all of Duane’s hard work. Not only does he take part in the task force and play a vital role in corporate fundraising, he’s also consistently one of our top peer-to-peer fundraisers – and in 2021 he took first place. His efforts make Hunger Hike a success. He has demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For serving above and beyond as Board Treasurer, Financial Aid Advocate, Tax Assistance Preparer, and so much more. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For doing an outstanding job with waivers of inadmissibility for the Immigration Clinic. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR Volunteer! For consistently volunteering with the Emergency Shelter through the pandemic and the winter seasons. When LUM was losing volunteers due to COVID-19, Brandyn stepped up. It is a blessing to have him with us. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! For helping to prepare the Turkey Trot 5K race packets, and overseeing the packet pick-up process. You were absolutely essential in helping us run a smooth, hassle free race, especially in 2021, when we had more than 650 runners! You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

LUM 2021 STAR VOLUNTEER! You have been an invaluable help to the Business Office during the switch from Cash Accounting to Accrual Accounting. You are always willing to meet and consult. You are an upbeat and selfless individual who has been a true blessing to LUM. You have demonstrated compassion, cooperation, and a commitment to serve LUM and the people of Greater Lafayette. Thank you for your efforts to help LUM in TACKLING BASIC NEEDS and UPLIFTING HUMAN BEINGS.

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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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gives to LUM


Purdue Chapter Donates Gift Baskets to Shelter

As a part of their national initiative, “Operation AKA Assist,” the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue created 40 baskets for LUM to distribute to our clients experiencing homelessness. The baskets included snacks, personal hygiene items and an encouraging note from the students. In addition to assembling the baskets, their event included teaching the members about homelessness and the mission and programs of LUM.

Mamie Johnson, secretary, and Anyah Cork, chaplain, recently delivered the baskets to LUM on behalf of their sorority (pictured). The baskets have already been distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness through the LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry. LUM is grateful to have the support of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and appreciate that they took the time to learn more about homelessness in their university community. Thanks again to the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Purdue Delta Tau Delta Serve Shelter Meal


Delta Tau Delta Volunteer Yearlong at LUM

The members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity at Purdue recently prepared and served a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter.

Delta Tau Delta fraternity volunteer at LUM yearlong at the Protein Food Pantry and with the After School Program, bring the holidays (Easter, Halloween & Christmas) to the LUM students, and raise funds for the LUM youth programs. They recently added the LUM Emergency Shelter to their service initiatives. LUM is grateful for the continuous support from Delta Tau Delta. They are a big help to our programs.


FOUR WAYS that YOU can Help the LUM Shelter

Would YOU or your GROUP like to support the LUM Emergency Shelter? Here are FOUR WAYS that 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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, but it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Terri Anderson (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


4 Ways to Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness?A gift to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness especially during this global health crisis and recent severe snow storm.

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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, but it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).