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St. John’s Donates Refrigerator to LUM


LUM Protein Food Pantry has a New Fridge

The LUM Protein Food Pantry recently moved to a perfect space in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette. Although it was a smooth transition from a “pop-up food pantry” to the new location at St. John’s, LUM needed a few essential items in the new space.

When Pastor Bradley Pace & St. John’s leadership heard that the LUM pantry needed a refrigerator, they did not hesitate to offer the funds ($1,200) to purchase a new one for LUM.

Pictured (L to R) is Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, accepting the new refrigerator-only unit from the Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace on behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Church. LUM is grateful to St. John’s for the refrigerator, the use of their space for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and for their unwavering support of the Mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. If you or your group would like to invest in the LUM Protein Food Pantries, please consider a monetary donation, a gift of food items, volunteer or participate in Hunger Hike 2021.

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LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience

During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Individuals 16 to 18 years old may apply to be a “Junior” counselor.

Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared, “What LUM Camp means me.

  • As a former LUM Camp camper, I was excited to volunteer and provide a happy experience as a counselor. It was the highlight of my summer. ~Ash
  • LUM Camp means a week of being outdoors, doing things I never do in my normal life. I meet new people and get lots of exercise. ~Tricia
  • So refreshing to be around young energy! They gave me quite a lift! ~Linda
  • This being my ninth year as counselor, LUM Camp is a blessing to me, seeing the kids go from shy and wanting to go home to not wanting to leave. LUM Camp has enabled me to be recognized around town by my campers and puts a smile on the kid’s faces. ~Savannah
  • Over the past four LUM Camps, I’ve observed more than 100 campers grow in self-confidence, knowledge and respect for others, as they experience a week filled with fun, food and faith. ~Gayle
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor means I get to help kids learn the fun of being a kid and be one myself again. ~April
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor has rewarded me the satisfaction of seeing the excitement, energy, confidence and joy when a child scales the climbing wall, splashes in the pool, navigates a canoe, zips through the trees. What a fun and exhausting week! ~Mary Ann (pictured)

This could be YOU! Be a LUM Camp counselor this year. It will be the best week of your summer.


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LUM Food Pantry – Commitment to Downtown

Grand Reopening – Relocation to St. John’s Church

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened this morning in a new and improved downtown Lafayette location. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, hosted the Grand Reopening which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing by the Rev. Andrea Arsene, the Curate at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette.

Remarks were offered and a citation was presented by State Representatives Sheila Klinker & Chris Campbell. The individuals who participated in the “Ribbon Cutting” were (pictured L to R above) the Rev. Arsene, Teresa Lohrman (St. John’s), Wes Tillett, Rep. Chris Campbell, Rabbi Karen Fanwick, the Rev. Brandon Smith (Heartland Community Church), Rep. Sheila Klinker, Amy O’Shea (United Way), Kathy Parker (West Lafayette City Council), and Nina Morgan (LUM Board member & Protein Food Pantry volunteer director). At 10 a.m., clients were welcomed into the food pantry to receive fresh fruit & vegetables, paper supplies, frozen meat and a variety of other food staples.

Both the LUM Protein Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry serve all residents of Tippecanoe County. Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Reopening and helped us celebrate the new location of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Individuals can help the two LUM Food Pantries in FOUR ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

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; Infant formula
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: liners, napkins, pads, tampons, wipes
  • Adult incontinence protection aids (unisex briefs)

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 foodpantry@lumserve.org.

You’re Invited – LUM Food Pantry Grand Reopening


Community Leaders Help “Cut” the Ribbon



You are cordially invited to attend the GRAND REOPENING of the LUM Protein Food Pantry to a better location. This new location gives the food pantry more space and a more central location. It will continue to feature proteins, produce & paper products for local individuals and families-in-need in Tippecanoe County.


Grand Reopening – Thursday

July 15 | 9:30 a.m. | St. John’s Episcopal Church | FREE


  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6th Street between North & Ferry Streets at the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Grand Opening includes…
    • Remarks – LUM, St. John’s & local officials
    • Ribbon Cutting
    • FREE Donuts, Coffee and Bottled Water

Please join us for this historic and joyful GRAND REOPENING. For more information about the LUM Protein Food Pantry, see below, click HERE or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Individuals can help the new LUM Protein Food Pantry in four ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021

Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce the Grand Reopening of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. The LUM downtown food pantry has moved to a new location — St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Streets. The details of the Grand Reopening are as follows:

  • Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Date – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Time – 9:30 a.m. 
  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Street, Lafayette, IN; enter the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Refreshments – Free donuts, coffee & bottled water

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened in April 2019 as a “pop up” pantry in the LUM Ray Ewry Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. This food pantry is managed and run by LUM, and is focused on providing protein-rich food items (meats, fish, peanut butter & beans), fresh produce, and paper & hygiene products. The move to this new location was made possible by St. John’s Episcopal Church, a LUM member church, who offered this space to LUM at no charge. Additionally, St. John’s Episcopal Church recently purchased a new refrigerator for use in the LUM food pantry. 

The LUM Protein Food Pantry complements the LUM Westside Food Pantry, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County in West Lafayette (the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette). The LUM Westside Food Pantry (West Lafayette) is open on Friday mornings, and the LUM Protein Food Pantry (Lafayette) is open on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Both LUM food pantries are open to all residents of Tippecanoe County.

Individuals can help the new LUM Protein Food Pantry in four ways:

  • Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  • Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  • Volunteer Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  • Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

Future plans include expanding the days of operation at both sites. For more information go to lumserve.org/food-pantry or email foodpantry@lumserve.org. Representatives from Lafayette Urban Ministry and St. John’s Episcopal Church will be available for interviews.

More information:

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for individuals, children and families in Tippecanoe County. For over 48 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to our neighbors in need. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the individuals, children and families in our community. Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the social ministry through food programs, financial assistance, youth programs, immigration services and emergency shelter.

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LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience

LUM Camp will be the best week of your summer. Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. A few LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared the following:


Being a LUM Camp Counselor was a highlight of my summer.

I was so excited to finally become a counselor after being a camper myself — that’s how memorable LUM Camp was for me as a kid! It only made sense to return that experience to today’s LUM Campers.

Aly

Nicole

As a LUM Camp Counselor of seven years, not only have I been able to experience the joys of camp alongside children in need, but I also have found a career in social work.

LUM Camp is truly an amazing opportunity for youth to see their own worth and have the fun they deserve.


All year I look forward to being a LUM camp counselor.

God has blessed me with this opportunity to be a happy moment in the lives of these children. My heart swells when a former camper becomes a counselor — it proves the power of positive experiences.

Nancy

During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30. 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 — and receive as much as you give. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.

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Join Marlena’s Leadership Team This Summer


Sign Up to Be a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor

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 counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30

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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This Summer – Volunteer at LUM Camp


Volunteer LUM Camp Counselors Are Needed

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 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31

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 Volunteer Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Donates $8,000 to LUM

Gift to Support Local Families with Food Needs

The pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas – The Catholic Center at PurdueFr. Tom McDermott, OP, recently presented a check for $8,000 to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director to support LUM food programs including the new LUM Westside Food Pantry (located only blocks away from St. Tom’s).

Fr. Tom shared that St. Tom’s parishioners have been very generous during the pandemic and the parish council decided that LUM would be able to distribute these funds more rapidly to support local families in need. This gift will have an immediate positive impact on families needing nutritious food items as well as providing healthy meals and snacks for the children in the LUM summer youth programs.

Join us in thanking Fr. Tom and all of the St. Tom’s parishioners for their unwavering support of LUM over the past four decades. If you or our group would like to make a monetary donation, sponsor a food drive, or donate needed items, please give online or check the LUM WISH LIST of needed items.

Gift from the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club


Needed Items Donated from Local 4-H Club

Sarah & Greg Willoughby

The members of the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club recently collected needed items for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. In addition to much need items (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, facial tissues, shampoo, comb, body wash, disposable razor, lip balm & socks), each packet included a handwritten note of love and encouragement.

Greg Willoughby delivered a truckload of items to LUM with his daughter and 10-year 4-H member, Sarah Willoughby. Thank you to Greg and all of the members of Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club for this thoughtful gift.


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)
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner

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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Experience the Best Week of Your Summer

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM 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 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 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31. 

Make this the year that YOU 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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