Volunteer opportunities with LUM Youth Programs this summer range from assisting students one-on-one any weekday to serving as a counselor at LUM Camp. Be an important person in the lives of children through the LUM Summer of Service. All they need is a willing heart and a helping hand. Below are two exciting opportunities to serve with local children.
LUM Campis a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10, from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Scores of local children will jump on a bus and head to Hanging Rock Camp from July 27 to 30. LUM Camp includes nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, wall-climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and caring staff and counselors.
LUM Camp—Counselors Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, volunteers oversee a small group of children during a four-day, overnight camp and support them with all camp activities. Training is provided. More.
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (summer child care) welcomes students all summer-long, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program includes math challenges, regular reading, experiential science labs, meals & snacks as well as recreation and fun. When the school year begins in the Fall, our students will be better prepared academically.
Child Care—Teacher’s Aides Volunteers are needed each weekday (Monday-Friday) from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. to help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch; and supervise study trips. Training is provided. More.
Summer break is an exhilarating and liberating time of year. For some of the children, summer also means a lack of intellectual stimulation, little adventure, and inadequate nutrition. It is important to LUM to offer more learning, adventure, and nutritious food to children whose families lack the resources to make these happen.
Invest in local children with a donation to the LUM Youth Programs. Send children toLUM Camp for $200 per camper;or make a donation to 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which will provide a study trip, an art class, a science lab or a visit to a local pool or park. To learn more, please read the articles below or click HERE.
Volunteering with LUM gives you the chance to have an immediate positive impact on individuals, children & families in your community, allowing you to see the fruits of your labor.
Civic engagement has benefits for you too. Volunteers often share that the experience expands their knowledge and understanding of others, gives them a sense of purpose, makes them happier, boosts their self-esteem, teaches them a new skill, fires up their brain, and allows them to meet new people and build a community network.
So, follow your passion, find something that excites you, convince a friend or two to join you and make this your “LUM Summer of Service.”
Serving at LUM ranges from assisting a client one-on-one to preparing a meal. There are opportunities that fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time jobs, and weekday, weekend, afternoon or overnight. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below is a list of several exciting opportunities to serve at LUM starting this month.
LUM Camp—Counselors Needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, oversee a group of ten children during a four-day, overnight camp. Support each child with structured activities. Training is provided. More.
Shelter—Overnight 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. More.
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. More.
Child Care—Teacher’s Aides Needed each weekday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch, and supervise study trips. Training provided. More.
Food Pantries Needed Thursdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon. Check-in clients, enter data, pick up food, assist clients in shopping & organize pantry. More.
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. More.
LUM Service Day was Saturday, and more than 30 volunteers helped clean, do yardwork, and assemble new furniture and shelving units for the LUM shelter, youth programs and main office. On Sunday, 25 members of Grace Lutheran Church cleaned and disinfected the LUM Emergency Shelter. They were able to dust, deep clean and disinfect many areas that need more than day-to-day cleaning.
This week, the LUM shelter guests have new chairs and a brighter, cleaner shelter; and the LUM students were so excited about their new cubbies & bins, toy shelves and chairs. The LUM teachers appreciate the new furniture and deep cleaning of the youth center area. The entire LUM staff appreciates the volunteers for raking, cleaning & weeding outside of each property and for cleaning the LUM office, assembling new chairs and organizing our donations closet with shelves and carts. It is incredible how much work was accomplished by these volunteers in one weekend.
LUM thanks all of our volunteers and the groups represented are as follows:
Grace Lutheran Church,
McCutcheon High School,
Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.,
the Knights of the Holy Temple (St. Mary Cathedral), and
from Purdue University —
Gamma Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,
Chi Beta Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority, and
Indiana Epsilon Iota Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
Their commitment to getting involved to making this a better community for everyone is heartwarming and commendable.