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Significant End of the Year Gifts

Support for Shelter, Financial Assistance, Food Pantries & Youth Programs

Other significant end-of-the-year gifts to LUM include the following:

Thank you to all who gave support to LUM in 2021, especially those listed above. Cheers to 2022!

Several Significant End of the Year Gifts

Support for Shelter, Financial Assistance & Families

UNITED WAY of Greater Lafayette — United Way of Greater Lafayette recently announced that LUM has been awarded $11,346 from the COVID-19 Response Fund. These funds will be available to local individuals and families through the LUM Financial Assistance Program.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of Greater Lafayette — The LUM Emergency Shelter was awarded a grant for $7,454 from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. This award will be used to progress the LUM Healthy Shelter project. The project will create more insect & virus resistant shelter sleeping spaces by purchasing metal frame beds, bug resistant mattresses and heat treatment equipment.

ELECTRIC PLUS — Pat McCarthy & Brad Niemantsverdriet, Electric Plus representatives, recently presented 59 gift cards from local restaurants worth $70 each, totaling $4,130, to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured above). The LUM staff members have begun distributing the gift cards to the families enrolled in the After School Program, families living in Isaiah 32 homes, and guests in the Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station

Join LUM in thanking the United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Electric Plus for their continued support of the local families and individuals served by LUM.

A gift to LUM before the end of the year may entitle you to a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax. If you, your business or organization wishes to take advantage of this deduction, go to lumserve.org/donate, email lum@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Community Foundation Lunch & Learn

LUM Hosts “Nonprofit Spotlight” In-person Lunch

Lafayette Urban Ministry was honored to be the first local agency invited to participate in the Nonprofit Spotlight in-person “lunch & learn” coordinated by The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. LUM was pleased to host this event at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. Lafayette Urban Ministry’s director, Wes Tillett, provided an overview of the good work LUM is doing in our community and gave a tour of the youth center and shelter. In attendance were CFGL donors who have established endowments, Legacy Society members, board members including development and grants committee members, and staff members from CFGL and LUM.

LUM appreciates this recognition and opportunity to share how LUM is working to “tackle basic human needs and uplift the people of Greater Lafayette” with our friends at The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.

The Community Foundation – $10,000 Gift

Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season

Lafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to report that the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded LUM a grant for $10,000 for security upgrades at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, which is home to LUM Youth ProgramsProtein Food Pantry & Emergency Shelter. The money will be used to upgrade all of the exterior door locks and security cameras. The safety of our children, guest, clients, volunteers and staff members is a top priority. This upgrade will not only better protect these individuals but also secure the building and all that is within it (people & possessions). Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their continued support of LUM.

LUM Receives $4,000 for COVID-19 Needs

Community Foundation Awards Grant to LUM

In addition the COVID-19 Response Fund grant, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000. This grant was created for area nonprofit organizations, like LUM, to address the growing and immediate needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order. This grant will allow LUM to address the immediate basic needs of the community right now.

The funds are already being used to feed those in need and help local families suffering hardships, through the LUM Good Samaritan Program & Protein Food Pantry. LUM is appreciative to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their leadership in supporting local families through the programs at LUM.

If you wish to support LUM directly, make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — emergency financial assistance.

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LUM “Flipped the Switch” to Solar Energy

Reception Engaged Students in Energy Lesson

At a special event earlier this week, LUM “flipped the switch” to the newly installed solar energy system. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, hosted the event and engaged the attendees, especially the students from the LUM After School Program, in an informative and interactive presentation on the power of the sun and benefits of solar energy. He also thanked each donor and presented them with a plaque. The ceremony concluded with the donors, board members and a few LUM students “flipping switches” and displaying the online monitor of solar energy intake at LUM (pictured above). Special thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, McAllister Foundation, Tipmont REMC, Vectron Foundation and an anonymous donor for making this project financially possible.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving to LUM will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families. LUM has also committed to freezing the enrollment fees for the LUM After School Program for the next three years.
  • Photos — to view more photos from the event, click HERE
  • Video — to view the video from the event, click HERE
  • Media — to read the media coverage of the event, click HERE
Please visit the LUM Office building soon and check out our new steel roof, solar panels, utility boxes and energy monitor.

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LUM 5th Quarter Program Celebrated Learning Improvements

The Lafayette Urban Ministry 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program hosted a student reunion to celebrate the success of those enrolled in last summer’s program.

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LUM executive director, Joe Micon, hosted the party for the elementary aged students. Micon brought all of the students forward to recognize them for their hard work in 5th Quarter. Last summer’s students showed an especially strong increase in their achievement scores — with an average gain of 41% in math computations with whole numbers and decimals, and 12.9% in vocabulary and concept development.

The 2015 LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program was in session from June 1 – August 10 with an enrollment of 47 students in first through fifth grade. The program is designed to help low-income students slow and reverse the slide in learning that occurs during the summer months when school is in recess.

2016-02-04 5thQuarterCelebration 037 (2) (1280x1277)During the 5th Quarter Celebration Micon recognized Leslie Fernung from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette (pictured left). Before last summer’s program, LUM received a $6,522 grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette to purchase 30 new Chromebooks and use new educational software (ALEKS Math Program).

Micon credits this grant and the implementation of the ALEKS Math Program for the achievement gains by the students. Fernung was thrilled to see what an immediate impact their grant has had on these students. Also on hand for the 5th Quarter Celebration was Ryan Lanning (Hammond, Indiana), last summer’s math teacher, who is currently finishing up his elementary education degree at Purdue (pictured below).

After the program, Micon shared that 2016-02-04 5thQuarterCelebration 068 (2) (1280x852)“to succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. For many children, summer is a carefree, happy time when they experience family vacations, trips to museums, parks and libraries. But for others, when school doors close for the summer, educational opportunities cease — along with basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. These are the children being reached through 5th Quarter.”

“Simply put,” says the 5th Quarter program director Rev. Cindy Haley, “our goal is for our children to be stronger students in reading and math when they return to school in August.” Haley added, “We’re not here to measure individual children as much as we are trying to learn some basic metrics by which to measure our program’s success. We are very pleased because testing results are showing us that we are on the right track.” These results are in comparison to a control group of low-income students who did not participate in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

And the children agree.

2016-02-04 5thQuarterCelebration 095 (2) (1277x1280)Icadora Frazee, age 9, (pictured right, on left) was excited to see Mr. Ryan (Lanning) again at the 5th Quarter Celebration.

Icadora, Oakland Elementary 4th grader, looked forward to learning math with Mr. Ryan. Using the Chromebooks made math fun.

Icadora shared that there are so many fun math games on the Chromebooks like “Cool Math” and her favorite — a game where a group of otters race each other. Icadora loves math — and can’t wait to be a part of the LUM 5th Quarter program again this summer.

Enrollment information for the 2016 LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which begins on Monday, May 23, 2016, will be available online by March 1st.

PHOTOS – More photos from the 5th Quarter Celebration may be found HERE.

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

Cindy Haley
Program Director — 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
Lafayette Urban Ministry

Leslie Fernung
Grant & Scholarship Coordinator
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette

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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Community Foundation Grant Celebration

Earlier this year, The Commun20151215_175505 (2) (852x1280)ity Foundation of Greater Lafayette awarded a $6,700 grant to the LUM After School Program for new computers for use in teaching math and English to our students throughout the school year as well as during the summer months. The grant was used to purchase 30 new Chromebooks and a charging cabinet that have been well used in the LUM youth education programs since.

LUM is grateful to have such a generous & effective foundation in our community — and for their continued support of LUM. If you would like to invest in the LUM youth education programs, click HERE.

{Pictured at a grant ceremony this week at the Lafayette Country Club are from L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Marianne Rose, CFGL president & CEO; and Leslie Fernung, CFGL Grants & Scholarship Coordinator.}



LUM Students Benefit from $6,522 Community Grant

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Lafayette Urban Ministry is to thrilled report that the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded LUM a Tier 3 Discretionary Grant for $6,522. LUM has used this grant money to purchase 30 new Chromebooks and a charging cabinet for use with the students enrolled in the LUM educational enrichment programs —
the LUM After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, Achieve! Stay-in-School Program, and LUM Camp.

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These new Chromebooks will be a significant upgrade to the curriculum of these programs and will enhance the learning experience of our students. Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their support of LUM and our students.

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