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LUM 50th Anniversary – Favorite LUM Memories


LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

This is the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration year! Throughout the LUM 50th Anniversary year, friends, volunteers & staff members have been sharing theirFavorite LUM Memories.” Please read and enjoy these LUM memories.





LUM would love to know your favorite memory of working with, supporting or being served by LUM. If you are willing to share your “Favorite LUM Memory,” click the button below.

Hunger Hike – THIS Sunday


Tackling Hunger – Locally, Regionally, Globally

Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and also an exciting community event — THIS SUNDAY. It’s not too late to be a Fundraiser!

Hunger Hike is a family event for individuals & teams whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger. (And it’s Dog Friendly.) The goal this year is to raise $100,000 for food and nutrition programs locally, regionally and globally. The traditional Hunger Hike 1.5K Walk is THIS Sunday (September 18) from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette.

Below are the special highlights of the Hunger Hike kick-off event. For additional information on Hunger Hike 2022, please visit our website at hungerhike.org.


Hunger Hike — Special Highlights & Surprises

Co-Chairs — Purdue Coaches Gearlds & Mitchell

The Hunger Hike 2022 honorary co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Katie Gearlds (women’s basketball) & Jason Mitchell (crew & rowing).

Coaches Gearlds & Mitchell are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both set the bar high for their own work and their teams. They have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. The student-athletes on their teams might even be in attendance.

Meet Coaches Katie Gearlds & Jason Mitchell at the Hunger Hike kick-off event THIS Sunday at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


Purdue Spirit, Music, Ax Throwing, Zumba & More

Join us THIS Sunday for the Hunger Hike kick-off event.

  • At 1 – 2 p.m. (Riehle Plaza). DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at Hunger Hike. DJ Powder creates a family-friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of Hunger Hike.
  • The kick-off event will also feature Purdue Pete, the Purdue Cheer team and the Purdue Crew Team. The Purdue Cheer team will perform with Purdue Pete. Thanks to Purdue Athletics, and Purdue Crew Team for their support. There will be FREE Zumba, face painting, ax throwing, balloon animals, clowns, princesses, and massages.
  • At 1:45 p.m., there will be a short ceremony. Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative, will kick-off  Hunger Hike with the singing of the US National Anthem with her daughter, Kelly Jacob, followed by an invocation from the Reverend Dr. Hilary Cooke, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.  There will also be awards, including “oldest walker,” “youngest walker,” and “best new fundraiser.”
  • At 2:00 p.m., Hunger Hike supporters begin the 1.5K walk over the pedestrian bridge and around Tapawingo Park, the new family-friendly route. Along the way there will be live boat demos at the Purdue Boathouse, popsicles, and a magic show featuring Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash. The route ends back at Reihle Plaza with a picnic with hot dogs, chips, and bottled water.

Hunger Hike Countdown – Only Days To Go

Get Started Today – Raise Funds to Fight Hunger

Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and an exciting community celebration. Hunger Hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

Sign up now for Hunger Hike 2022, and help fight hunger! Be a part of this community event to raise $100,000 for the hunger relief efforts locally, regionally & globally. Three Easy Ways to get involved:

There is only days to Hunger Hike. Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY! It’s not too late.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – If you wish to volunteer with Hunger Hike, click HERE to sign up online. Perfect for groups and individuals.

Above & Beyond – LUM Immigration Clinic

Director Assists Clients Remotely & Saves the Day

The LUM Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers “go above & beyond” to meet the urgent, time-sensitive needs of our neighbors in need. Recently, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo, needed to travel to South America for a family emergency. While away, he agreed to work remotely if needed. Well, Christian was needed!

Christian had been working with two individuals for several months to help them visit their father in Mexico, whom they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. He is currently in poor health and has been asking for them to visit. These individuals were granted a deferment of action through DACA; and therefore, not able to leave the United States without “advance parole or a travel authorization.” While on his personal time off, Christian received a message that the two individuals were in their final interview with USCIS in Indianapolis and could not provide one of the mandatory documents. The USCIS interviewer gave them only one hour to produce the document. After finding a reliable Wi-Fi connection in a local café, Christian was able to help. Their travel was approved, and they’re on their way to see their father. Another success story.

This is just one example of how complex the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic is. Travelling to see your father is something many US citizens take for granted. The LUM Immigration Clinic staff & accredited volunteers understand that a simple request to obtain a travel authorization takes months, involves lots of red-tape, and the simple omission of just one document can delay the process even longer. Also, being given only one hour to rectify a situation is not unusual. Keeping calm, being persistent, caring about the individuals served and simply being available is what makes the LUM Immigration Clinic so special.

If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Chauncey Fest Benefits LUM Westside Food Pantry


North Chauncey Street Residents Support LUM

Recently the residents of North Chauncey Street (West Lafayette, IN) sponsored the third annual Chauncey Fest. This new special event included “porch concerts” featuring local live entertainers, specialty food items (homemade ice cream, pulled pork sliders, local beers and wine), a silent auction, and lots of activities for children, including rides on the Purdue Boilermaker Special.

The Chauncey Fest director, Michael Wilcox, and the event team also encouraged participants to bring donations for the LUM Westside Food Pantry, which is located in this historic neighborhood in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (Meridian & Smiley Streets, West Lafayette, IN). In addition to food items (canned food, peanut butter and more), the donation included much needed items like toilet paper, feminine products and diapers. LUM is grateful for the support from Chauncey Fest and everyone involved in this wonderful event.

If you or your group would like to sponsor a Collection Drive for the LUM Food Pantries, please email foodpantry@lumserve.org — and check out the LUM Wish List of Needed ItemsVOLUNTEERS are also needed. For more information on ways to invest and engage with LUM Food Pantries, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

LUM is Thinking About Christmas in August

LUM Jubilee Christmas 2022 Needs YOU!


LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and younger, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. Here are a few ways you can get engaged with Jubilee Christmas:

  • DONATE: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).
  • VOLUNTEER: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, October 12 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from November 28 – December 6 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day (Saturday, December 10).
  • HOST a FAMILY at Jubilee Christmas Part 2: Saturday, Dec. 10 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3: 12/11 – 5:30 p.m. – to sign up to volunteer, click HERE.
  • HOST a SITE: if your church or group would like to become a Jubilee Christmas “host site” on Saturday, Dec. 10, click HERE for more information
  • REFER FAMILY: if you wish to refer a family to participate, click HERE

For More Jubilee Christmas information: go to LUMserve.org/jubilee-christmas

DONATE: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).

VOLUNTEERto sign up to volunteer, click HERE. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, October 13 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day (December 11).

For More information: go to LUMserve.org/jubilee-christmas

Be A Part of the LUM Summer of Service


Great LUM Volunteer Opportunities Available

Be a part of LUM Summer of Service. Summer is an especially good time to get involved in something worthwhile — like LUM — because the needs are great and the opportunities are exciting. LUM SOS gives you the chance to make a positive difference in your community, meet an immediate need, and see the impact of your efforts. Starting this month LUM has several exciting opportunities to serve those less fortunate.


Child Care — Teacher’s Aides
Starting August 11, volunteers are needed each weekday from 2 – 6 p.m. Help children with homework, snack and recreation. Training provided.

Afternoon Receptionist
Needed each weekday afternoon from noon to 4:30 p.m. It’s a recurring, daytime service opportunity, typically one afternoon every two weeks. Greet guests, answer phones & complete general clerical duties. Training provided

Shelter — Volunteers
Needed each evening from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. – midnight. Check-in guests, serve meals and distribute bedding & shower items. Training is provided.

Shelter — Provide Meals
A simple meal for 44 shelter guests is needed each evening at 8 p.m. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. Meals needed August 6, 15, 17, 18, 22 & 30.

Hunger Hike — Event Volunteers
Dozens of volunteers are needed for the Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 18. Great event for groups. Please consider becoming a Hunger Hike volunteer as well as a Hunger Hike fundraiser.

Food Pantries
Needed Thursdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon. Check-in clients, enter data, pick up food, assist clients in shopping & organize pantry.


Follow your passion, find something that excites you and convince a friend or two to join you. Make this your LUM Summer of Service.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the LUM volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


Shelter Meals Needed


Be A Part of LUM Summer of Service

Each night of the year, a simple meal is provided at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for families, church groups, campus organizations and civic groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. No contact drop off is an option as well. Monthly meals are greatly appreciated.

MEALS NEEDED on the following days: August 6, 15, 17, 18, 22 & 30.  To SIGN UP, click each month you’d like to prepare & serve meals to our shelter guests: | August | September | October | November | DecemberJanuary | February March April May June |
July |.

Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 30-40 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. Please SHARE with others, and THANKS.



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LUM Summer of Service – Youth & Fellows


Covenant Church Youth & Ben Franklin Fellows

As a part of the LUM Summer of Service, LUM was blessed with two dynamic and hardworking groups of volunteers. They tackled several projects in and around the two LUM buildings. Children, youth, and parents from Covenant Church, West Lafayette, comprised one of the group (pictured above); and the student participants from the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Purdue comprised the other (pictured below).

They deep cleaned, painted rooms, assembled shelter bunk beds, cleaned buses, hung pictures, did landscaping, organized supply rooms and more. They also learned about the programs & services offered by LUM for working families, at-risk children and individuals experiencing homelessness. To view more PHOTOS from these LUM Summer of Service days, click the buttons.


If you or your group would like to sign up for one of the monthly LUM Deep Cleaning Days, click HERE.


The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that are a perfect fit for YOU. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • SHELTER – Prepare & serve a meal, assist with check-in and/or overnight supervision
  • CHILD CARE – Tutor students and/or supervise trips
  • FOOD PANTRY – Check in and assist participants, sort pantry items & more
  • OFFICE – Prepare mailings or serve as the afternoon receptionist
  • CAMP – Serve on the LUM Camp team as a volunteer camp counselor
  • IMMIGRATION CLINIC – Assist with case management
  • GROUPS – Sign up your group or business to participate in one of the monthly LUM Deep Cleaning Days of the LUM Ray Ewry Center. Learn more.

If you wish to get engaged in the LUM Summer of Service, it’s not too late. Choose an opportunity above, check out out the LUM volunteer webpage, or email LUM (volunteer@LUMserve.org) to find something that is a perfect fit for your availability and expertise. Please share with others.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the LUM volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


Best Gift of All – Your Time & Talents


LUM Summer of Service Offers a Perfect Fit

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that are a perfect fit for YOU. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • SHELTER – Prepare & serve a meal, assist with check-in and/or overnight supervision
  • CHILD CARE – Tutor students and/or supervise trips
  • FOOD PANTRY – Check in and assist participants, sort pantry items & more
  • OFFICE – Prepare mailings or serve as the afternoon receptionist
  • CAMP – Serve on the LUM Camp team as a volunteer camp counselor
  • IMMIGRATION CLINIC – Assist with case management
  • GROUPS – Sign up your group or business to participate in one of the monthly LUM Deep Cleaning Days of the LUM Ray Ewry Center. Learn more.

If you wish to get engaged in the LUM Summer of Service, it’s not too late. Choose an opportunity above, check out out the LUM volunteer webpage, or email LUM (volunteer@LUMserve.org) to find something that is a perfect fit for your availability and expertise. Please share with others.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the LUM volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


LUM Summer of Service – LUM Camp 2022


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

The ultimate LUM “Summer of Service” opportunity is being a LUM Camp Counselor. A few more 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)

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. 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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