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October Begins The Season for Planning


Create a Personal Legacy with LUM Planned Giving

October brings cooler nights, pumpkins, colorful trees, football, having fun outdoors with family, and preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter — consider also preparing for the future.

Continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime takes “planning.” Estate Planning strategy is a win-win for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to LUM brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could from your income alone. The benefits of this type of donation are attractive, whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan — or name LUM in your will.

Meet with your professional advisor to learn more about planned giving. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, would enjoy meeting with you when you are ready to begin the conversation (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). Whatever you decide, enjoy this season with your family and friends and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.

October Begins the Season for Planning Ahead


Create a Personal Legacy with LUM Planned Giving


October brings cooler nights, pumpkins, colorful trees, football, having fun outdoors with family, and preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter — consider also preparing for the future.

Continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime takes “planning.” Estate Planning strategy is a win-win for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to LUM brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could from your income alone. The benefits of this type of donation are attractive, whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan.

Meet with your professional advisor to learn more about planned giving and naming LUM in your will. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, would enjoy meeting with you when you are ready to begin the conversation (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). Whatever you decide, enjoy this season with your family and friends and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.

LUM Needs Socks


We’re Almost Out of Our Most Requested Item

Socks are the most requested item in the LUM Office and at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Please consider a gift of socks to LUM. Prefer adult, size large, dark or white, and good quality.

  • DROP OFF — Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN.
  • SHIP – Order socks online and have them shipped to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. And, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase.
    • Go to smile.amazon.com,
    • Select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,”
    • Order needed SOCKS (or other needed items), and
    • LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. 

Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most — but donations of “Needed Items” are welcome to support the LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN), Youth Programs, Emergency Shelter, Community Thanksgiving Feast, and Jubilee Christmas.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM needs food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, disposable razors, paper products, cleaning supplies, snacks, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that LUM keeps expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “collection drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Ask your members, friends, family and colleagues to donate Needed Items from the LUM Wish List, such as food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, and disposable razors. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products) — or snacks for the After School Program — or socks for the Emergency Shelter.


Support the LUM – Host a Collection Drive


| Foods | Toilet Paper | Socks | Toys | Dish Detergent |

Donations of “Needed Items” are welcome to support the LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN), Youth Programs, Emergency Shelter, Community Thanksgiving Feast, and Jubilee Christmas. Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM needs food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, disposable razors, paper products, cleaning supplies, snacks, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that LUM keeps expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “collection drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Ask your members, friends, family and colleagues to donate Needed Items from the LUM Wish List, such as food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, and disposable razors. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products) — or snacks for the After School Program — or socks for the Emergency Shelter.


Snacks Needed for LUM After School Program


LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations


LUM’s Top 10 Favorite donated items are as follows:

  1. Healthy Snacks
    (youth programs) — Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Sliced Apples (snack size), Raisins, Peanut Butter, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)
  2. Snack Bars & Single Serve Pouches (youth programs & emergency shelter)
    BARS: Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispies Treats
    POUCHES: Goldfish, Chex Mix, Zoo Animal Crackers, Cheez-Its, Fruit Snacks, Pirate Booty
  3. Drinks
    (youth programs) — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk
  4. Toilet Paper
  5. Paper Towels
  6. Bleach (Clorox)
  7. Trash bags – 13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string & 55 gallon can liners
  8. Coffee (Caffeinated)
  9. Disinfectant Spray Disinfectant Wipes
  10. Toilet Cleaner, Glass Cleaner & All Purpose Cleaner

Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. If you wish to donate items to LUM, please either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).


Click HERE to view the complete LUM Wish List for the After School Program, Emergency Shelter and more.

SHIP your DONATION – check out the LUM Amazon Smile Wish List, order, and ship to LUM.


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Local Arby’s Selects LUM to Receive $5,700

AES Restaurant Group Foundation Donates to LUM

AES Restaurant Group Foundation donated $5,700 to LUM. AES operates four ARBY’s in West Lafayette & Lafayette. The staff and leadership at the local Arby’s nominated LUM to receive this gift, which AES makes three times a year. AES & Arby’s is committed to supporting families in their Arby’s communities.

LUM is grateful to AES & the local Arby’s restaurants for this generous gift. The large check was presented to Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director, by Michelle Carter, AES vice president for operations, along with several leaders from AES and the local Arby’s restaurants. Please stop by your local Arby’s and thank them for this significant gift to LUM.

If you, your company or organization wishes to make an investment in LUM, please consider a donation or designating LUM as the beneficiary of your company’s giving programs. If you have questions or need more information, please call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


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Support the LUM Food Pantries This Summer


Monetary Gifts | Garden Veggies | Needed Items

The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this summer. The pandemic and the cost of food and fuel are impacting local families. Below are a few ways YOU can help the LUM Food Pantries continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But if you are looking for other ways to the LUM Food Pantries — see below.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners.” If you “grow a row” in your garden for LUM or simply wish to donate some of the fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM Food Pantries distribute “food plus more.” In addition to food, families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that the LUM Food Pantries keep expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).


For more information, email foodpantry@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry. To invest in the LUM Food Pantries, make an online donation by clicking the button below.

Support the LUM Food Pantries This Summer


Monetary Gifts | Garden Veggies | Needed Items

The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this summer. The pandemic and the cost of food and fuel are impacting local families. Below are a few ways YOU can help the LUM Food Pantries continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But if you are looking for other ways to the LUM Food Pantries — see below.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners.” If you “grow a row” in your garden for LUM or simply wish to donate some of the fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM Food Pantries distribute “food plus more.” In addition to food, families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that the LUM Food Pantries keep expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).


For more information, email foodpantry@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry. To invest in the LUM Food Pantries, make an online donation by clicking the button below.

Seven Simple & Unique Ways to Give to LUM


Gardens | Stocks | Groups | Wish List | Drives

Unrestricted, cash donations to LUM are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. But many people are looking for a more unique way to give. Here are seven simple examples of how YOU can give to LUM in addition to a monetary gift.

GIVING GARDENERS – The LUM Food Pantries welcome donations from “Giving Gardeners” who have “grown a row” for LUM or simply wish to donate from their garden. Learn more.

STOCKS – Giving stocks is getting more popular and LUM makes it easy. Check out our webpage for giving stock to LUM and see if it fits your plan. Learn more.

NEEDED ITEMS – One way that LUM keeps it’s expenditures down is by asking for donations of “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase (see next bullet). Learn more.

SHOP ONLINE– There are select e-commerce sites that will donate on behalf of your purchase. The most common is Amazon Smile. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT – Create a legacy by naming LUM in your will. Learn more.

HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the shelter (razors, deodorant, shaving cream, coffee) or for the food pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products).

FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER – Launch a fundraiser on your Facebook site and select “Lafayette Urban Ministry” as the recipient. Tie it to a celebration like your birthday, an observance like National Day of Giving, or a holiday like Thanksgiving. Learn more.

Summertime — Fun, Travel & Reflection


Leave a Legacy with LUM Through Planned Giving

Summer is in full swing and many are travelling and having fun outdoors with friends and family. But it is also a season for planning. At LUM planning has begun for programs like Hunger HikeCommunity Thanksgiving, and Jubilee Christmas. You too could be spending some time this summer planning for the future and creating a way to continue supporting Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. With Planned Giving your support of the LUM ministry will continue in perpetuity.


Consider remembering LUM in your Last Will & Testament


It’s a win-win. Your charitable gift to LUM brings tax relief and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stockreal estateartworkpartnership interestspersonal propertylife insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits can make this type of donation attractive to you as well as LUM. 

We are ready and willing to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your philanthropic goals of supporting LUM. First, consult with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like your IRA401(k) plan, or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. If you are interested in beginning the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.


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