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Purdue Catholic Students Day of Service

St. Tom’s Students & Alumni Help LUM

The students, alumni & staff attending last weekend’s Boiler Awakening Retreat(sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue) spent a day serving with LUM. The retreat participants helped with “spring cleaning” at the LUM Emergency Shelter. They gave the interior a new coat of paint. LUM is blessed to have such hard working volunteers at Purdue willing to lend a hand. Thanks to the Boiler Awakening students, alumni & staff and the members of Purdue Catholic Students.

If you or your group wishes to volunteer with LUM, go to lumserve.org/volunteer. Boiler Up!

To view more photos, click HERE.

Joe Micon Engages St. Tom’s ESTEEM Students


Earlier in November, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, was invited to engage the students enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program.

Micon focused on the Catholic Social Doctrine with a focus on social justice, being agents of change, service and the Corporal Works of Mercy.

ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics.

Outreach is an important part of the mission of LUM; and members of the LUM professional staff are available to speak to church, civic, and educational groups on a variety of topics. To make arrangements for a presentation, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

Hunger Hike 2016 Raises $114,407


Hunger Hike Exceeds Fundraising Goal AGAIN!


Hunger HikeAt a celebration this morning, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2016 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2016 fundraising goal. For the second year in a row the amount raised exceeded $100,000 — and for the fourth consecutive year it is the highest amount ever raised. The 2016 total is $114,407 plus numerous gifts in kind.

Photos from this event may be viewed HERE.


Special thanks to Diamond Level event sponsors —

  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($7,750)
  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)

Total raised through corporate gifts is $39,665. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.


A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year are as follows:

The top organization/group teams are as follows:

  • Purdue Computer Science ($1,286)
  • Food Finders ($1,170)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —

Each sponsoring agency received $35,977.


The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2016 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 16 & 17, 2017.

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2017 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).


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Boiler ESTEEM Installs New Floor in Shelter


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The student leaders from the Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program installed new flooring in part of the LUM Emergency Shelter. The students designed, purchased and fully installed the new floor.

ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics —
and part of their experience includes a major service project. The Boiler ESTEEM students chose LUM for their project. Earlier this year, they prepared and served a meal to the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter.

LUM is grateful to St. Tom’s and the Boiler ESTEEM program for their continued support. If you or your group wants to volunteer at the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERE.

To see more PHOTOS of the Boiler ESTEEM students installing the new flooring, click HERE. If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERE.


If you or your group wants to volunteer at the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERE.


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Boiler ESTEEM Student Leaders Serve LUM


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Last week, the student leaders from the Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program prepared and served a meal to the guest at the LUM Emergency Shelter. ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics — and part of their experience includes a major service project. The Boiler ESTEEM students chose LUM for their project and are committed to return later this month to install new flooring in part of the shelter facility. LUM is grateful to St. Tom’s and the Boiler ESTEEM program for their continued support.


If you or your group wants to volunteer at the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike 2015 Raises $101,282


Hunger Hike Exceeds 2015 Fundraising Goal


At a HH Logocelebration this past Monday, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2015 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2015 fundraising goal. For the first time in the 50 year history of Hunger Hike — the amount raised exceeded $100,000. The total is $100,282 in cash donations plus $1,000 in donations of gift cards.

Special thanks to the Lafayette Life Foundation for our final 2015 donation of $5,000 which took us over top.

A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year were as follows:


Hunger Hike was also blessed with donations from many local companies. The top event sponsor donations this year were as follows:


On hand for the celebration were two of the Hunger Hike honorary co-chairs —

  • Coach Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s 2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 052 borderBasketball and
  • Coach David Kucik, Purdue Crew {pictured above};
  • representatives for the City of Lafayette, St. Tom’s, Good Shepherd;
  • as well as event sponsors:
    • Steven Wien, Bison Financial Group &
    • Kelli Luttrell, Alcoa {pictured right}.

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —


Hunger Hike 2015 raised a grand total of $101,282

($1,000 in gift cards), with each organization receiving $33,760.


The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2015 will have a tremendous & immedi2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 050 borderate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 17 & 18, 2016. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2016 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

If you wish to make an individual donation to Hunger Hike, click HERE.


More photos from the recent Hunger Hike celebration may be found HERE.


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LUM Students Celebrate Halloween


asp pumpkinLast week, the members of Stewart Cooperative at Purdue University hosted a Halloween social for the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program.

The highlight of the afternoon was pumpkin carving. The students took their work seriously — rolling up their sleeves and digging right in — using their artistic talent and carving skills with this hands-on, educational and recreational activity. And the finished Jack-o-lanterns are tremendous.

Some of the Jack-o-lanterns were shared with individuals in our community while others were taken home by the students. Assisting the After School Program that day were also the members of the St. Thomas Aquinas MARK program & Purdue Timmy Global Health. The LUM students are now full of the spirit of the Autumn season — Thanks to Stewart Cooperative!

To see more photos of the LUM ASP students carving pumpkins, click HERE.

If you wish to invest in the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program, click HERE.


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Fr. Charles (Haiti) Visits Hunger Hike Team

HH LogoThis past Monday, the Hunger Hike team had a rare visit from the pastor from St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti—Father Charles Jean Pierre. Through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Baudin is our “sister” community in Haiti.

Fr. Charles met with several groups including the Hunger Hike team. His message was simple — thank you, we need you, and you’re having a positive impact.

The meeting also included reports from members of the Haiti Ministry, John Ginda & Rob2015-08-24 2015-08-24 001 087 (2) (1024x1023) Pahl, as well as the St. Tom’s pastor, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas.


If you wish to learn more, please read the recently published News Article covering this meeting, click HERE.

To learn more about Hunger in Haiti, click HERE.


Please JOIN our Fight Against Hunger—locally, regionally & globally—by participating in Hunger Hike 2015.


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10 Facts about Hunger in Haiti


HUNGER HIKE – Did you know?


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Here are ten facts about hunger in Haiti, the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.

  1. Two and a half million Haitians live in extreme poverty. Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.
  2. Two out of three Haitians live on less than US$2 per day.
  3. Ten percent of the richest Haitians possess 70 percent of the country’s total income.
  4. Fifty percent of urban Haitians are unemployed.
  5. Shocks induced by climate change threaten over 500,000 Haitians every year.
  6. Although agriculture is an important sector of Haiti’s economy, the country fails to produce enough food, and imports more than 50 percent for its population’s needs. It imports 80 percent of its main staple: rice.
  7. Ninety percent of farmers depend on rain for their harvest as only ten percent of the crops are irrigated.
  8. One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children is stunted, or irreversibly short for their age.
  9. Less than 50 percent of households have access to safe water and only 25 percent benefit from adequate sanitation.
  10. One-third of Haitian women and children are anemic.

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Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2015.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Hunger Hike 2015 gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”


Hunger Hike
hungerhike@lumserve.org
www.hungerhike.org
765.423.2691


This list was prepared and originally posted on January 12, 2015 by The World Food Programme (WFP). Please share these facts to raise awareness.

Meet Father Charles – Pastor from Haiti


HUNGER HIKE Special Event


Hunger Hike 2015 – Haiti Pastor visits Hunger Hike team


HH logoWest Lafayette, IN – Hunger Hike 2015 supports the fight against hunger locally through LUM, regionally through Food Finders, and globally through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas.

On Monday, August 24th, the pastor of the parish in Baudin, Haiti is making a rare visit to the Lafayette area and will be meeting with the Hunger Hike team to update us on their current situation and issues as well as the impact Hunger Hike has on the people of Haiti. Father Charles, the pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in the Diocese of Jacmel, Haiti, will be available for question/answer and individual interviews. Fr. Charles will be joined by the St. Tom’s Haiti Committee members who will share their plans for upcoming visits to Haiti. Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations (Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center) will also be in attendance.


Details are as follows:

  • Date: Monday, August 24
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Place: Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 535 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • FREE & Open to the Public

Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the

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Baudin, Haiti

traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2015.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Hunger Hike 2015 gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”


More Information: 10 Facts about Hunger in Haiti.


Contacts:
Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas Center
765.743.4652
fatherpatrick@boilercatholics.org

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
765.471.0062
kbunder@food-finders.org

Hunger Hike
hungerhike@lumserve.org
www.hungerhike.org
765.423.2691

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