Category Archives: Volunteer

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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Spotlight on Superstar LUM Volunteer

Isabel Petkov – LUM Immigration Clinic Volunteer

Originally from Brookfield, Illinois, Isabel Petkov lives in West Lafayette with her parents, Chris & Ivan, and her sisters, Claire (16) & Anna (13). She graduated from Harrison High School and now attends Indiana University, where she’s majoring in Law & Public Policy with a minor in Spanish, and was a member of the Civic Leaders Living Learning Community. With the LLC, Isabel volunteered at a homeless shelter and community garden and registered people to vote. 

At LUM this summer, Isabel volunteered with the Immigration Clinic — translating, meeting with clients, and assisting the director. While in high school, she also volunteered with the LUM After School Program. The experience reminded Isabel of something her grandmother tells her often — “Tomorrow’s Never Promised.” She now realizes that every little thing she does to assist someone in need has an impact. She shared, 

“Working with clients at LUM has been eye-opening. The Immigration Clinic is really needed and necessary. The LUM staff is welcoming, hard-working and thorough. It’s been rewarding to know, even ‘I’ can help.” 

This work has given Isabel a lot to think about as she develops her plan of study at IU and starts thinking about her career and advanced degrees.

In addition to school and volunteering, Isabel loves hanging out with her friends, supporting her sisters’ activities, reading — and occasionally listening to K-Pop.


For more information on how to VOLUNTEER with Lafayette Urban Ministry, click HERE.


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LUM Good Samaritan Program Needs Volunteers

Weekly Volunteer Opportunity – Monday Mornings

The LUM Good Samaritan Program is looking for a few volunteers who are interested in serving one morning each week. There is a current weekly volunteer opportunity each Monday morning. Last year alone, LUM Good Samaritan volunteers provided assistance 1,780 times to local families facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial emergencies.
 
Volunteers spend 1-1 ½ hours (8:30 to 10 a.m.) meeting with clients, doing a simple intake and helping to assess the client’s emergency needs. Training is provided. Anyone with a heart for service and one morning a week should call or email Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director (765-423-2691 | lhicks@lumserve.org).
 
For more information, click HERE.

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LUM Good Samaritan Program Needs Volunteers

Weekly Volunteer Opportunity – Monday Mornings

The LUM Good Samaritan Program is looking for a few volunteers who are interested in serving one morning each week. There is a current weekly volunteer opportunity each Monday morning. Last year alone, LUM Good Samaritan volunteers provided assistance 1,780 times to local families facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial emergencies.
 
Volunteers spend 1-1 ½ hours (8:30 to 10 a.m.) meeting with clients, doing a simple intake and helping to assess the client’s emergency needs. Training is provided. Anyone with a heart for service and one morning a week should call or email Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director (765-423-2691 | lhicks@lumserve.org).
 
For more information, click HERE.

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58 Days to Hunger Hike 2019 – Register TODAY

Benefits LUM Protein Food Pantry & More
There are only 58 DAYS to Hunger Hike.  Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”
 
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.  
Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk) event details are as follows:
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Noon – Check-in & DJ music; 1 p.m. – Kick-off event begins; 1:15 p.m. – Zumba, Purdue Pete & Boilermaker Special; 2 p.m. – Hike starts; 3 p.m. – Hot Dog Picnic
  • Riehle Plaza, 2nd Street, Lafayette
 
Hunger Hike is 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 other way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
 
|  REGISTER Online  | DONATE  | More Information —  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.

LUM Food Pantry Needs PAPER Products & More

Regular Volunteers and Donations Needed

To offer a good variety of proteins and paper products, the LUM Protein Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups. The LUM food pantry also needs volunteers each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to unload food, set up, check-in & assist families, and breakdown.

Five ways YOU can help the LUM Protein Food Pantry are as follows:

If you wish to sponsor a food drive or donate needed items, the list of items the food pantry needs is as follows:

  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins & facial tissues
  • Peanut butter; Eggs
  • Canned meats (beef, chicken) & canned fish (tuna)
  • Beans, legumes & lentils – dry or canned
  • Fresh produce: fruits & vegetables
  • Baby diapers & wipes; Feminine hygiene products: liners, napkins, pads, tampons & wipes

If you wish to make a monetary donation, volunteer, donate needed items, register for Hunger Hike — or simply have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email food-pantry@lumserve.org.

Meet Jackie – Superstar LUM Volunteer

Jackie Graser – Dedicated LUM Volunteer

Jacqueline “Jackie” Graser grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and earned a BS in Nursing from Purdue University, where she met her husband, Bernie, who was a star Boilermaker wrestler.
 
Jackie and Bernie live in West Lafayette, attend Grace Lutheran Church and have two grown children & four grandchildren. She retired from Franciscan Alliance as an RN-BSN in Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Jackie is still called on as a PRN from time to time.
 
At LUM, Jackie has been volunteering with Jubilee Christmas for many years — and is one of the founding volunteers with the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which opened in April. Jackie shared,
“I love what LUM does for the community. I appreciate how LUM sees what families need and addresses those needs. I have a heart for children and families who are food insecure.”
Jackie thinks the new food pantry is“perfect” because it provides exactly what families need — protein, produce & paper goods.“My favorite program, though, is Jubilee Christmas.”
 
Jackie takes inspiration from Jeremiah 29, 
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
By volunteering at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with Jubilee Christmas, Jackie feels like, 
“We are being Christ to the children and families we serve.”
 
In her free time, Jackie loves being with her family, golfing, biking, and kayaking.
 

To learn more about VOLUNTEERING with LUM, click HERE.