For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a long weekend, but for some it is a Day of Service. Seven Purdue University students, representing the Indiana NAACP Chapter, honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering this past Monday at LUM. These students helped advance the LUM Healthy Shelter initiative by cleaning the Emergency Shelter dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, lobby and stairwell. They also helped disassemble and removed wooden bunkbeds making room for new metal beds, which are easier to disinfect and help with pest control.
Please join us in thanking these students for choosing LUM and working hard to make the shelter cleaner, safer and healthier. LUM is grateful to be a part of such a giving community including the Purdue student body. Boiler Up!
LUM is proud to introduce the talented LUM After School Program team. Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers do an incredible job of caring for and educating the LUM students each weekday afternoon, especially during the COVID-19 surge. This school year 62 students are enrolled from all over Tippecanoe County. The 2022 ASP teachers are as follows:
KRISTI Hogue grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 27 years, and their children, Jaedren (14) and Maekenna (10), who have been enrolled in the LUM After School & summer programs for the past few years. Her oldest daughter, Taelynn (21), also lives and works in the Lafayette area, and has volunteered, sharing art ideas and homework help. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association. She has worked with children and families as a career for nearly 30 years and enjoys continuing to learn and grow with LUM Youth Programs. Thanks to LUM and Indiana’s TEACH Scholarship program, she started her Master’s in Education focused on Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Certificate in Autism this semester at Ball State.
LUM is fortunate and grateful to have these dedicated teachers on the ASP Team.
Please consider investing in or volunteering with the After School Program – the LUM students need you.
On December 19, the Purdue Women’s Basketball team hosted their annual Holiday Bash. Fans were invited to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters, meet Santa Purdue Pete, and participate in “Teddy Toss.”
During halftime of the game, Boilermaker fans threw lots of new stuffed animals onto the court. It was a fun holiday frenzy, and all of the stuffed animals were recently donated to LUM. The stuffed animals have since been distributed to the children of LUM clients and students enrolled in the LUM After School Program.
Thanks to the Purdue Women’s Basketball team and Athletic Marketing & Fan Experience crew for their kind donation.
The members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity at Purdue recently donated $711.51 after a year of service to LUM. Each week their members, led by John Kuchar, volunteer at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with the After School Program. They also bring the holiday to the LUM students. During Easter, they delivered Easter baskets for each child; on Halloween they handed out candy; and last week, Santa Claus visited the youth center and handed out candy canes.
Nina Morgan & Kristi Hogue, the LUM Protein Food Pantry director and with the After School Program director, respectively, are grateful for having such hard-working, matrue, and reliable volunteers. Join us in thanking the men of Delta Tau Delta at Purdue for their outstanding commitment to LUM and the community.
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Recently, the students from Faith Christian High School (Lafayette) and Purdue Young Group volunteered at LUM.
On two separate days, two groups of Faith Christian High School students (pictured above left) organized the LUM donations storage area, worked outdoors and more.
This past Saturday, Purdue Young Group (pictured above right) hosted members from other universities from Indiana and Illinois and decided to spend part of their day working at LUM. These students put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the LUM youth programs area and did lots of yard work.
All of the students were hardworking and eager to help. LUM is very thankful for the help from Purdue Young Group and Faith Christian High School. Their commitment to getting involved to make this a better community for everyone is heartwarming and commendable.
If your group is interested in helping out at LUM, please email or call us (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). To view PHOTOS from these service days, click HERE.
Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette and are very helpful. They recently surprised LUM with a special donation. The fraternity members prepared Halloween Buckets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers appreciated their kindness and generosity.
Led by John Kuchar, Purdue Delts who delivered the Halloween Buckets were Ryan Silva, Adam Kaminski, Henry Stenner, Chris Serluco, Philip Simpson, and Harry Kojoian. LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students and the members of Purdue student organizations and Greek-letter organizations. Special thanks to the members of the Purdue Delts for this special, surprise treat for the LUM students.
LUM is thrilled to introduce the LUM After School Program team. What a talented and caring team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each afternoon by volunteers.
Kristi Hogue – Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 27 years, and their children, Jaedren (14) and Maekenna (9). Her oldest daughter, Taelynn (21), also lives and works in the Lafayette area, and has volunteered, sharing art ideas and homework help. Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years, and Maekenna continues to attend. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association. She has worked with children and families as a career for nearly 30 years, and enjoys continuing to learn and grow with LUM Youth Programs.
Carleigh Bennett – Carleigh grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She currently lives with her sister and newborn niece. She graduated from Jefferson High School, and plans to begin taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College soon.
Mady Lester – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and earned a BSW with distinction from IUPUI in May 2021. Mady is currently working on her MSW at the IU School of School Work, and is interning at the Lafayette School Corporation.
Breanne Stewart – Breanne grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her two children, Faythe (first year in high school) and Gabriel (Kindergarten). She graduated from Faith Christian High School and earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College in May 2021.
Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 7 & 9. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. During the school year, Tabby also works for the Lafayette School Corporation.
In 2020, 83 children were enrolled in the LUM After School Program; and in 2021, 89 children were enrolled, including 62 students this fall.
Please consider investing in or volunteering with the After School Program – the LUM students need you.
Meet Olivia Bangert, the LUM Summer Intern. Olivia grew up and lives in Lafayette with her parents, Carol & Dave Bangert, and her dog, Fargo. She and her family are members of Immanuel United Church of Christ. Olivia graduated from Jefferson High School in 2019, where she was on the cross country and track teams. She is currently a junior at Manchester University (Indiana) majoring in Criminology with minors in Political Science and Sociology.
“I am excited about this opportunity. It will give me a chance to learn more about the needs of the community and how I can have a role in making it better. So far, I love it here. It has already solidified my dream of working with families to give them support while focusing on issues of equality and social justice.“
After graduation in 2023, Olivia is planning on studying law at New York University. In her free time, she enjoys baking, making “chunky” blankets, eating ice cream, and running, occasionally. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Olivia’s work ethic, passion and energy working as an intern this summer.
Volunteer opportunities with LUM Youth Programs this summer range from assisting students one-on-one any weekday to serving as a counselor at LUM Camp. Be an important person in the lives of children through the LUM Summer of Service. All they need is a willing heart and a helping hand. Below are two exciting opportunities to serve with local children.
LUM Campis a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10, from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Scores of local children will jump on a bus and head to Hanging Rock Camp from July 27 to 30. LUM Camp includes nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, wall-climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and caring staff and counselors.
LUM Camp—Counselors Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, volunteers oversee a small group of children during a four-day, overnight camp and support them with all camp activities. Training is provided. More.
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (summer child care) welcomes students all summer-long, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program includes math challenges, regular reading, experiential science labs, meals & snacks as well as recreation and fun. When the school year begins in the Fall, our students will be better prepared academically.
Child Care—Teacher’s Aides Volunteers are needed each weekday (Monday-Friday) from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. to help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch; and supervise study trips. Training is provided. More.