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Meet the LUM After School Program Team


62 Students| K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

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 202083 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.


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Meet Olivia – LUM Summer Intern


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.

At LUM, Olivia is a full-time intern working with the food pantriesGood Samaritan ProgramEmergency ShelterImmigration ClinicLUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. She stated that,

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.

Summer of Service – Youth Program Needs

Volunteers Needed – LUM Camp & 5th Quarter

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 Camp is 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.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

LUM Has Big Plans for the Summer 2021

Summer is the Perfect Time to Volunteer

Summer break is an exhilarating and liberating time of year. For some of the children, summer also means a lack of intellectual stimulation, little adventure, and inadequate nutrition. It is important to LUM to offer more learning, adventure, and nutritious food to children whose families lack the resources to make these happen.

Invest in local children with a donation to the LUM Youth Programs. Send children to LUM Camp for $200 per camper; or make a donation to 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which will provide a study trip, an art class, a science lab or a visit to a local pool or park. To learn more, please read the articles below or click HERE.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Gift from the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club


Needed Items Donated from Local 4-H Club

Sarah & Greg Willoughby

The members of the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club recently collected needed items for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. In addition to much need items (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, facial tissues, shampoo, comb, body wash, disposable razor, lip balm & socks), each packet included a handwritten note of love and encouragement.

Greg Willoughby delivered a truckload of items to LUM with his daughter and 10-year 4-H member, Sarah Willoughby. Thank you to Greg and all of the members of Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club for this thoughtful gift.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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The Many Benefits of LUM Summer of Service

Civic Engagement – Give Lots & Receive Lots

Volunteering with LUM gives you the chance to have an immediate positive impact on individuals, children & families in your community, allowing you to see the fruits of your labor.

Civic engagement has benefits for you too. Volunteers often share that the experience expands their knowledge and understanding of others, gives them a sense of purpose, makes them happier, boosts their self-esteem, teaches them a new skillfires up their brain, and allows them to meet new people and build a community network.

So, follow your passion, find something that excites you, convince a friend or two to join you and make this your “LUM Summer of Service.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Summer of Service – Volunteer Opportunities

Something For Every Schedule & Skill Level

Serving at LUM ranges from assisting a client one-on-one to preparing a meal. There are opportunities that fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time jobs, and weekday, weekend, afternoon or overnight. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below is a list of several exciting opportunities to serve at LUM starting this month.

LUM Camp—Counselors
Needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 30. With two other staff, oversee a group of ten children during a four-day, overnight camp. Support each child with structured activities. Training is provided. More.

Shelter—Overnight Volunteers
Needed each evening from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. – midnight. Check-in guests, serve meals and distribute bedding & shower items. Training is provided. More.

Shelter—Provide Meals
A simple meal for 44 shelter guests is needed each evening at 8 p.m. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. More.

Child Care—Teacher’s Aides
Needed each weekday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snack and lunch, and supervise study trips. Training provided. More.

Food Pantries
Needed Thursdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon. Check-in clients, enter data, pick up food, assist clients in shopping & organize pantry. More.

Afternoon Receptionist
Needed each weekday afternoon from noon to 4:30 p.m. It’s a recurring, daytime service opportunity, typically one afternoon every two weeks. Greet guests, answer phones & complete general clerical duties. Training provided. More.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the new LUM volunteer coordinator (tanderson@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Purdue Alpha Xi Delta Donates to LUM


Food & Monetary Gift from Purdue Students

The members of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternal organization at Purdue University recently collected money and food items for the new LUM Westside Food Pantry.

Alyssa Nettles, Alpha Xi Delta philanthropy vice president, delivered the check and food items to LUM and presented them to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). Thank you to Alyssa and all of the members of Purdue Alpha Xi Delta for this thoughtful gift.

If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Purdue Crew Team Raises $20,029 for LUM


Row-A-Thon 2021 Succeeds Despite COVID-19


At a recent private ceremony, Purdue Crew athletes, leadership & coaches presented LUM with a check for $20,028.78 (half of what was raised through their annual Row-A-Thon) for the LUM Good Samaritan Program, the emergency financial assistance program. This year, everything changed except for the Purdue Crew team’s determination to persist. Due to COVID-19, the team could not compete or travel but still recruited a stellar team of student athletes and trained harder than ever, on & off the river. This year the annual Row-A-Thon could only be approved if it was a members-only event and moved to a campus facility instead of the local mall. Despite all of these challenges, Row-A-Thon happened, exceeding fundraising expectations. It is important to note that the Purdue student athletes on the Crew Team solicited these donations from individuals outside of this community; and this donation each year is the single greatest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Program from any group or individual. Words cannot adequately express how grateful LUM is — and how heartwarming it is to know that with all that today’s students are managing, these students continue to serve and support their community. Boiler Up!


The LUM Good Samaritan Program provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong & reliable safety net. Emergency financial assistance is available for utility bills, rent, prescription medications, work clothes, and foodNo operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2020, assistance was provided to 2,017 families through the LUM Good Samaritan Program 1,393 times, totaling $229,833.82.


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Generous Donation to LUM After School Program


Delta Tau Delta at Purdue University

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 beautiful 48 Easter baskets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers were touched by their kindness and generosity.

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 gift for the LUM students.


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