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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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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.

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. Consider also remembering Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

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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Snacks Needed for LUM Students


LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations

SNACKS needed every day! LUM serves a snack to our students every weekday during summer break. Please consider donating snacks to LUM today.

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

  1. Snack Bars — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispies Treats
  2. Drinks — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk
  3. Healthy Snacks — Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)
  4. Peanut butter & Jelly
  5. Toilet Paper
  6. Paper Towels
  7. Bleach – Clorox
  8. Trash bags – 13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string & 55 gallon can liners
  9. Books
  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 and more. Check out and follow our Pinterest board too. Click HERE.


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JX Enterprises Donates $1800 to LUM

Thanks to the Crew at JX Truck Center – Lafayette

Billy Erwin, Wes Tillett, and Dan Ryan

Thanks to the crew at the JX Truck Center of Lafayette (pictured above) for their donation of $1,800 to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Their donation was a part of JX Enterprises initiative called JX Gives Back. LUM appreciates the continued support of the members of the local JX Truck Center.

If you, your company or organization wishes to make 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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Snacks Needed for LUM Students & Shelter Guests


LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations

SNACKS needed every day! LUM serves a snack to our Shelter guests every morning with coffee and to our students every weekday after school. Please consider donating snacks to LUM today.

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

  1. Snack Bars (youth programs & emergency shelter) — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispies Treats
  2. Drinks
    (youth programs) — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk
  3. Healthy Snacks
    (youth programs) — Peanut butter, Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)
  4. Toilet Paper (all programs)
  5. Paper Towels (all programs)
  6. Bleach – Clorox (all programs)
  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. Check out and follow our Pinterest board too. Click HERE.


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New Year’s Resolution – Leave a Legacy


Consider a Legacy Gift to LUM in 2022

As you welcome in the NEW year consider making it your goal to create your own personal legacy by continuing to invest in the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime.

The kind of help provided by Lafayette Urban Ministry to this community doesn’t happen automatically and won’t happen without your support. During our lifetimes, we invest in these programs and support the families in our community with our gifts to LUM, but creating a legacy through Planned Giving means the ministry will continue for all time.

Giving to LUM is a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you (the donor) and LUM. In addition to the altruistic impact, your gift brings you tax relief. Meet with your professional advisor to learn more; and when you’re ready to begin the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click the button below.

More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.


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Before the End of 2021 – Invest in LUM


Only Days Left – Tax Deductible Gift for 2021


While preparing for holiday celebrations, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone in your community is so fortunate. Please consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a tax-deductible charitable donation.

So far this year, LUM has served close to 3,000 individual local households through one of the 22 programs. This incredible number is only possible because of the intentional generosity of people such as yourself. Thank you. It is our hope that, in the spirit of “good will toward all people,” you will support the vital work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a financial gift. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to uplift people in Greater Lafayette. 

The donation process has been simplified allowing supporters to donate online, by phone, in person or by mail. Donate Online by clicking the button below -or- call us at 765-423-2691. Mail or Drop off your donation to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901.


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During the past year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 2,725 families through one or another of our 22 programs.

Explore our website to see how you can make your donation to LUM more meaningful to you.


The donation process has been simplified allowing supporters to donate online, by phone, in person or by mail. Donate Online by clicking the button below -or- Call us at 765-423-2691. Mail or Drop off your donation to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901.


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