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Volunteer Needs – Uplifting Holiday Programs


Community Thanksgiving Feast & Jubilee Christmas

LUM has begun planning the the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the 41st annual Jubilee Christmas — and hundreds of volunteers are needed! Here is what you need to know to sign up today!

Community Thanksgiving Feast – VOLUNTEERSto sign up to volunteer or donate a food item or supplies, click HERE. Most volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25).

Jubilee Christmas – VOLUNTEERS: to sign up to volunteer, click HEREJubilee Christmas volunteers are needed as soon as this WednesdayOctober 13, to assist with Open Registration of local families; and from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas day on Saturday, December 11.


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Community Thanksgiving Feast Needs YOU


All Are Welcome – Donations & Volunteers Needed

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 meals will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.
Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 25
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Due to COVID-19, this event may only offer a curbside pickup meal. For the most up-to-date information, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Recap – LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run 2020

$15,000 Raised | 105 Runners | 75 Virtual Runners

The Turkey Trot 5K Run was a successful event on Thanksgiving morning raising close to $15,000 for LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantry, assistance programs and the homeless shelter. Due to COVID-19, participants were able to run virtually or live, in person (following strict protocols approved by the Health Department).

The weather on the morning of the run was beautiful. The 2020 Turkey Trot 5K Run engaged 105 live runners and 75 virtual runners; and raised $7,750 in corporate sponsorships. Thank you to all of our participants and donors. 

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the LUM Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff safely greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed. Even though it was a curbside event it still brought together the entire community. 

The to-go meals included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 750 meals were distributed — including 78 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen.

Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew. LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Pictured L to R: Sheila Klinker, Jess Avila, Phil Butera & Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.

One Week to Help LUM Thanksgiving Events


LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

On Thanksgiving day, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Feast at noon at Central Presbyterian Church. At the first LUM Thanksgiving event 34 years ago, 75 people attended. This year, LUM will distribute more than 800 meals including over 75 turkeys and 112 pies. The fixin’s will include stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce & gravy. Everyone is welcome, no reservations are necessary, and it’s FREE.

Due to COVID-19, the meal will be the same but everything else will be different. Here are some of the modifications for 2020:

  • To-Go meals only, distributed curbside with no contact
  • Guests must not attend if sick, must line up outside on markers, six feet apart with a mask on, and must allow their temperature to be checked and recorded and sign a waiver
  • Volunteers will be limited to the minimal number needed, must be at least 18 years old, will be screened and must follow strict health & safety protocols

Won’t you consider a donation to support this important holiday tradition? 

Cash and food donations are still being accepted. Donate online at lumserve.org. For more information, go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Live & Virtual


Turkey Trot 5K Run – THIS Thursday

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a Thanksgiving morning run that directly supports LUM including youth programs, the food pantry, assistance programs and the homeless shelter. Despite COVID-19, LUM is still holding the 2020 Turkey Trot 5K Run, under a plan approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

The Live Race will be limited to 250 Live Runners with different starting times (7:40, 8, 8:20, 8:40, and 9 a.m.). All runners will socially distance and wear face masks. There will be no on-site registration, packets must be picked up in advance, and runners will arrive only 15 minutes before their start time. 

LUM is also offering a Virtual Race utilizing an App which automatically records race times and allows runners to post photos. 

The Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Morning
  • Registration Fee:
  • Live Race: $50 per person (includes TT5K T-shirt & timing chip)
  • Virtual Runners: $25 Adult, $10 Youth (includes TT5K T-shirt)
  • Location: the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area – staging in parking lot behind Christina & Company, Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run – Great Cause


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Feast – NEEDS You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Two LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


Make a Donation Button
Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K – Social Contract


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Turkey Trot 5K Run
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Lafayette, Indiana


As a participant in the Turkey Trot 5K Run on Thursday, November 26, 2020, I verify that I have read, understand, and accept the terms of this Social Contract. In registering for the Turkey Trot 5K Run, I agree to adhere to all of the following conditions in order to protect myself, my fellow runners, and any staff or volunteers associated with the event; and my submission of the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form shall act as my legal signature. I promise to:

  • Wear a mask when arriving on site and keep it on until I cross the
    starting line. Put my mask back on after crossing the finish line.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6ft from anyone not in my
    family group at the starting line and finish line and while anywhere
    in the staging area.
  • Social distancing X’s will be taped on the ground in front of
    the start line. All runners must use them.
  • Pick up my race packet, bib, and t-shirt IN ADVANCE.
    There will be NO on-site packet pick-up.
  • Not attend the race if I am exhibiting any COVID-like or other
    illness type symptoms, including but not limited to: fever, cough,
    loss of taste or smell, sneezing, sore/scratchy throat.
  • Not arrive at the staging area more than 15 minutes prior to
    my scheduled start time.
  • Leave as soon as I am able after finishing the race. Please
    do not cross through the staging area, or interfere with runners just
    starting their race.

I have read the above Social Contract, and by submitting the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form I understand and agree with all of the terms of the contract.