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Drivers Needed – St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


Drivers Needed to Pick Up, Deliver & Unload Food

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is in need of drivers. Drivers must be able to lift food items, have a valid driver’s license in good standing, and have access to a pick-up truck, large SUV or minivan.

Duties are as follows:


Monday Driver

  • Needed first Monday of each month
  • Arrive at Food Finders Food Bank (1210 N 10th Street, Lafayette) between 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Pick-up small order and any other free items you deem appropriate
  • Drive food to St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette), unload food, and take banana boxes back to Food Finders Food Bank
  • Usually done by 2 p.m.

Wednesday Driver

  • Needed first and/or third Wednesday of each month
  • Arrive at St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette) at 1:30 p.m.
  • Unload items from delivery truck
  • Load up & drive banana boxes back to Food Finders Food Bank (1210 N 10th Street, Lafayette)
  • Usually done by 2:30 p.m.

St. Tom’s Driver

  • Needed first Monday of each month at 11 a.m.
  • Pick-up food at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (535 W State Street, West Lafayette) at 11 a.m.
  • Bring to St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette)
  • Load into the back for volunteers to weigh and put away at another time

For more information, please email Katy Travis at foodpantryadmin@stjohns-laf.org.


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Volunteers Needed — St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


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The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.; and Saturdays from 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. for 2.5 to 14.5 hours per week.

Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 | foodpantry@stjohns-laf.org).

 


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Volunteering with LUM


LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers
who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.


Free Haircuts — And So Much More


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Once a month Mariana Paddock volunteers by offering free haircuts in the LUM Office for our homeless clients.

She is a talented hair stylist in Lafayette with an established clientele.


At LUM though Mariana offers much more than just a haircut. Her interactions are special. She gives each person her undivided attention — offering them conversation and good cheer. Mariana also gives them love, hope and respect.

As she masterfully trims each person’s hair, you can literally see dignity restored and confidence built in each of her “customers.”


Thank you, Mariana for such a wonderful gift you are giving the homeless clients at Lafayette Urban Ministry and to the entire community.


 

St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Needs You


2013-04-25 RexFuller 015 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon; and Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for three to 16 hours per week.

Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 | foodpantry@stjohns-laf.org).


Volunteering with LUM


2012-10-04 LUM Parent 036 (3)LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.


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Free Haircuts — Plus Love, Hope & Respect


2016-02-18 Haircuts - Mariana Paddock 024 (2) (1280x1279)Once a month Mariana Paddock sets up shop for an entire afternoon at the LUM Office. During this time, she provides free haircuts for LUM’s homeless clients. Mariana is a professionally trained hair stylist in Lafayette with a very loyal (paying) clientele.

Observing the interaction between Mariana and the LUM clients is magical. She is giving them so much more than just a haircut. She gives each person her undivided attention — offering them conversation and good cheer. Mariana also gives them love, hope and respect.2016-02-18 Haircuts - Mariana Paddock 008 (2)

As she masterfully trims each person’s hair, you can literally see dignity restored and confidence built in each of her “customers.”

Thank you, Mariana for such a wonderful gift you are giving the homeless clients at LUM and to the entire community.

 

Free Haircut – Reflections from a LUM Volunteer


Free Haircut Day at LUM


Today, as I sit at the front desk, I can see and hear some small miracles going on in the hallway.

A woman has come to give free haircuts. We have had eight 2013-02-21 LUM haircuts 008 (2)men so far, who have come in looking the very best they can in their circumstances, and leave with a brand new look.

They touch their hair and lift up their heads. When I tell them how good they look, they smile broadly. They have already ducked into the restroom to take a look, and they know they look good.

However, this is less a ministry of haircutting and hygiene, and much more a ministry of touch, of kindness, of normalcy, of conversation, of humanity. I hear the voices down in that hall. They are calm and stress-free.

Someone is touching those men, standing close to them as people who work on hair do. I wonder when that has happened last for them. There is a little bit of laughter now then; the seriousness of their day relieved for 20 minutes. They are doing what most of us do; this is one of those every-day-life sorts of things that we say is necessary and makes us feel good. Twenty minutes of normalcy.

The woman speaks with interest in their lives, and she always ends by saying she will pray for them. That is what is going on down the hall. I am so blessed to be here to see it.


Donna Enersen
volunteer receptionist
September 11, 2014

 



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Ray Ewry Parkway – Naming Ceremony

1906-olympian-ralph-ewry-photo-1LUM encourages you to attend the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Naming Ceremony for the new US 231 in honor of the legendary US Olympian, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will officially be known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.


The details of the INDOT Naming Ceremony are as follows:

  • Date: THIS Friday, August 29
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: RPAC Theatre, Lafayette Jefferson High School
  • Parking: park in the East Lot and enter through the South Portico

Ray Ewry is special to LUM and is the namesake of the LUM Youth Center in downtown Lafayette. As friends of LUM, we’d love to see you there. Tom Carson is expected to be in attendance to represent the family of Ray Ewry.


For more information on the life and accomplishments of Ray Ewry, click HERE.



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LUM Camp—Experiential Music Workshops


Please join us at LUM Camp 2014.


sistersofthunderInteractive live music performances and workshops have always been a part of the LUM Camp curriculum — and this year is no exception. LUM is excited to announce the talent for this year’s LUM Camp which includes Michael Kelsey, circAfrique and a special reunion performance from the Sisters of Thunder.

Sisters of Thunder band has not performed in many years — and have chosen LUM Camp for their michaelkelseyreunion. Featuring CJ Brown, Regina Todd Hicks and Dennis Leas — Sisters of Thunder are a powerhouse Lafayette trio performing original roots music with mixes of folk and gospel infused with “thunder.” Their message of peace, world harmony and respect is a perfect complement to this year’s LUM Camp theme — “Around the World & Back Again!”

If you wish to join us for either musical event, here are the details:

  • Michael Kelsey with opening performance by circAfrique —Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Sisters of Thunder —Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. (Board Night: LUM board members will be in attendance)

circAfriqueBoth musical workshop will be in the Leadership Development Center at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp (6988 South State Road 263, West Lebanon, Indiana). There will be a “free will” offering at both performances.

RSVP by emailing lum@lumserve.org or calling 765.423.2691.



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Be a Camp Counselor—Mentor—Role Model


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend their whole day with one group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. Throughout the day LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors monitor and participate in the group’s activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers’ week the most memorable yet. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors must be fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people.

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The family environment of LUM Camp will give you many rewards beyond camp food, bonfires and camp songs. The benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp (from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 28 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1).

Don’t miss out on this unique volunteer opportunity. Applications for volunteer camp counselors for the overnight camp are now being accepted. Go to:http://www.lumserve.org/camp.html
Print the application and mail it in, or email it to lum@lumserve.org

For more information, call Joe Micon at 765.423.2691 or click HERE. Please share with others.



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Hunger Hike 2014 – New Enthusiasm


Summer 2014


Dear Friend,


HH logoYou may recall that last year’s Hunger Hike event fell significantly short of its fundraising goal.  It was only through the concern, effort and generosity of people like you, that we were finally able to meet and exceed that goal in early December – a full two months after the event.

Since that time, Hunger Hike’s three sponsors – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Haitian Relief Ministry – have been hard at work proactively reorganizing our Hunger Hike fundraising efforts so as not to have a repeat of last year’s results.

We have been working so hard, that we recently 2012-09-16 Hunger Hike 2012 199 (2)announced to the community that we believe Hunger Hike has the capacity to raise $125,000 this year – a full 30% more than our 2013 goal!

There is so much new energy and enthusiasm in place for Hunger Hike that we are already looking forward to what a successful event might mean for our efforts to feed the hungry.


  • At the Lafayette Urban Ministry, the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry will extend its hours and be open on Saturdays in addition to its current operating hours during the week.
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. would be able to expand its Mobile Pantry program to fight hunger when and where it is needed the most.
  • St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry would spend additional funds to further develop their pilot program of providing Haitian people with seeds that survive a variety of weather conditions.  They will also expand their water purification

We know that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and we hope that you will join us in our effort to expand Hunger Hike’s impact during 2014.


First of all, you can help by circling the following dates on your calendar…

  • Hunger Hike 5K Run — Saturday, September 20, 8:00 a.m., West Lafayette’s Cumberland Park
  • Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., Levee Plaza Parking lot in West Lafayette

You can also help by making a generous gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will allow our three sponsor organizations to expand their programs, respond to pressing need and better fulfill their missions of feeding hungry children and strengthening families who are experiencing food insecurity.


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Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest and most well-respected fundraising walk, dating back to the early 1970’s.  Last year more than 1,100 people participated in the event.  Over the years, more than $1.5 million dollars have been raised, providing a critical social safety net to thousands of hungry children and adults.

We hope you will join us again this year by running a little faster, walking a little farther – and digging a little deeper.   Help us to meet the new and urgent challenges that face us each day on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Can we hear from you today?  Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and send it to LUM – or give online at www.HungerHike.org


Gratefully,


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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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Rev. Patrick Baikauskas
Pastor/Director of Campus Ministries
St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue


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Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.


PS Please help us to reach Hunger Hike’s expanded goal of $125,000 so that our three sponsor organizations can better respond to the needs of those who come to us for food.  Place your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, into the enclosed envelope and return it today.  You may also give online at www.HungerHike.org.


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How much should I donate? One helpful suggestion is to consider a donation equal to 10% of your monthly food budget or the cost of fast food meals for a month. To donate to Hunger Hike, click HERE.



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