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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


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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.


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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LUM and Social Media

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Joseph “Joe” Micon

Joe says “‘Like’ LUM on Facebook!”

LUM has been an active social media participant for five months now. We started sending bi-weekly e-newsletters in October of last year and jumped onto Facebook and Twitter as well. As with many non-profit organizations we noticed the shift in the way people are communicating –especially younger people –and we wanted to make sure to stay connected. So we stepped out in faith. Now that we have at least a little bit of social media experience under our belt, it’s a good time to reflect on how this powerful new media is changing not only our larger world, but specifically how it is changing our day to day lives here at LUM.

For starters, social media has allowed us to communicate more frequently with LUM’s friends. We post several times each day on Facebook and Twitter. It’s not just the facts that we share, but also the feeling and spirit of LUM. Through pictures, quotations and links to more detailed posts we’ve been able to share stories of our clients, staff, board members and interns. If you are lucky enough to physically be at LUM every day you may know all about these things, but for most that are not, social media has opened a whole new glimpse into what goes on at LUM.

We are able to share more of the things that happen at LUM too. The four paper pages of LUM’s Seed newsletter have always been a little confining. Social media has allowed LUM to lift up parts of our work that we didn’t always have the space to lift up. The Christmas performance of LUM’s After School children, the Purdue Crew Row-A-Thon benefiting LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund and recent biographies of LUM Board members and interns all come to mind. We’ve posted to our YouTube channel a presentation by Dr. Sarah Mustillo concerning single parent households that was recently shared with the LUM Board and another by Susan Brouillette concerning how the church can help reconcile our current political discord.

LUM has had some encouraging fundraising success due to social media – Denver Mattress’ matching gift challenge comes to mind. And we’ve not had to rely quite so heavily on local TV and newspaper outlets to communicate all the good things that are going on at LUM. We can do more of that ourselves.

It’s rare that something happens at LUM that has such clear and powerful potential to grow and expand our ministry’s work. If the past five months have shown anything, it is that the creative use of social media has enormous ability to better the lives of the children and families we serve here at LUM.

Send us your email address so you can receive LUM’s e-newsletters: lum@LafayetteUrbanMinistry.org or subscribe online HERE.

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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

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LUM Forum: Fear, Farce and Forgiveness

Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life

  • Do you wonder if the current state of affairs is just politics as usual or if it poses a real threat to our democracy?
  • What responsibility do we all share left, right, or center, for the fear mongering and enmity corroding and grinding the political process to a halt.
  • What are the possible consequences of inaction?
  • Are there strategies and coping mechanisms that will allow for reconciliation?
  • Sound interesting?

Then you will want to be sure to watch this edition of  LUM Forum.

Susan Brouillette, LUM’s new Director of Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities, presented Fear, Farce and Forgiveness; Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Prior to joining the LUM staff in January, Susan served 26 years on the Indianapolis staff of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.  She holds a Masters in Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and is looking forward to ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.  Susan and her husband Michael live in Lafayette and are co-owners of Interior Objects at Market Square.