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Meet LUM Volunteer – Jim Frantz

Jim Frantz is the new LUM Maintenance Volunteer with responsibilities for kitchen upkeep, routine maintenance, minor repairs, andJimFrantz handy-work.

Jim lives in Lafayette with his wife, Marilyn. Jim & Marilyn are members of the Lafayette Christian Reform Church and have three grown sons — all like their father, have served in the military — Navy, Air Force & Army. Their middle son, Matthew, was killed in action in January 2006 while serving in the US Army in Al Huwijah, Iraq.

Jim is retired from his work at the power plant at Purdue and his service with the Navy and the Army National Guard.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to LUM.

New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer More in 2015


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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to Volunteer More in 2015?

Well — LUM wants to help you achieve that goal. There are a number of opportunities for you, your family and your friends to get engaged with LUM now.



Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

  • Tax Assistance Program
  • Emergency Shelter Coordinators
  • LUM Camp Counselors
  • Food Pantry—Data Entry Volunteers
  • Volunteer Receptionists

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VOLUNTEER — LUM TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


2013-07-11 MarilynZerbes 022 (2)Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification. The LUM Volunteer Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you.
The Last year, 52 volunteers prepared close to 1,500 returns for LUM clients, returning more than $4 million to those households. Choose your LUM tax volunteer role – and get a chance to touch many lives. If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Sandra Dunn-El (765.423.2691 | sdunn-el@lumserve.org).

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LUM SHELTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


2013-02-05 LUM Emergency Shelter 006 (2)The LUM Emergency Homeless Shelter needs volunteers 365 nights a year. Currently there are openings for Weekend Coordinators and Overnight Shelter Volunteers.

  • Weekend Coordinators – Responsible for managing the LUM overnight shelter one or more Friday or Saturday nights a month from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.; sleep from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. provided no emergencies occur. Weekend Coordinators supervise shelter guests and volunteers; and are fully trained prior to first shift.
  • Overnight Shelter Volunteers – Duties include assist coordinator in checking in guests & serving meals, stay on site all evening (8:15 p.m. to 7 a.m.), and take a shift on “awake” duty. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with a variety of people.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend one Shelter Training Session which are offered twice a month. The next two Training Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, January 16 & Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). No need to register. Click HERE for more information on the positions and for the 2015 Shelter Training schedule.

If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Joyce Fasani (765.423.2691 | jfasani@lumserve.org).

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LUM VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED


2012-08-01 LUM Camp 005 (2)Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?
LUM Camp Counselors – First Call! It may be freezing outside with snow flurries — But in 27 short weeks, it’s time for LUM Camp 2015!
LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers.
Close to 60 volunteer counselors and activity leaders guide the campers through a week filled with new experiences including swimming, hiking and crafts. LUM Camp Counselors instill confidence, rejoice in the accomplishments of campers, help nurture self-esteem, and support each camper throughout the wonderful week that is LUM Camp.
A comfy bunk in a rustic cabin is reserved just for you! All you need is the availability and willingness to have a fun week this summer with a great group of campers. Why not make this year the year you say “yes” to becoming a LUM Camp Counselor? For additional information, click HERE.

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FOOD PANTRY DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


2013-04-25 RexFuller 001 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.—and Saturdays from 1 t0 3 p.m.
The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired. Interested persons should please email or call Linda Hicks (lhicks@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST NEEDED


131023 Jubilee RegistrationVolunteer Receptionist needed each afternoon from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. — and some mornings.
Volunteer Receptionists greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette).
If you are interested or need more information, please call or email Sylvia Mohler (765.423.2691 or smohler@lumserve.org).

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Reflections for Jubilee Christmas

Duccio NativityAs LUM Jubilee Christmas approaches we must remember the real meaning of Christmas and celebrate the true spirit of giving.

Below are several Bible verses upon which to reflect and prepare our hearts for the Advent of Christ.


Merry Christmas.

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Inspiration and Reflections 


Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Deuteronomy 16:17
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Proverbs 11:24-25
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 21:26
…the righteous gives and does not hold back.

Proverbs 22:9
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

Malachi 3:10
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

Matthew 6:3-4
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Mark 12:41-44
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

Luke 3:11
And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 6:30
Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life.

Acts 20:35
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Romans 12:8
…Or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

Philippians 4:15-17
And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you send a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?



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Jubilee Christmas Volunteer Opportunities

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There’s only 76 days until Christmas — so the countdown to Jubilee Christmas has begun. LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 13—and there are many opportunities to get involved before then.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Phone Registration—Monday-Friday, October 20-24 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Training on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Donation Center—accept donations of toys, etc.—Thursday, November 20—Tuesday, December 9 (1 – 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday; Host pick up day—Thursday, December 11 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
  • After Jubilee Christmas—Monday, December 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IBEW Union Hall

If you are interested in volunteering with Phone Registration or accepting toys in our Donation Center, please email us at jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765.423.2691.

Other important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators 1st Meeting—Thursday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • Phone Registration Volunteer Training— Thursday, October 16
  • Phone Registration—Monday-Friday, October 20-24 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 11 (1:00 p.m.) -or- Thursday, November 13 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • Donations Accepted—Thursday, November 20 – Tuesday, December 9 (1 – 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
  • Host sites Pick-Up—Thursday, December 11 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day—Saturday, December 13 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; times vary by host)

2013-12-14 Jubilee Christmas STA FUMC 136 (2)On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas now, click HERE.

On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.



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LUM Camp—Experiential Music Workshops


Please join us at LUM Camp 2014.


sistersofthunderInteractive live music performances and workshops have always been a part of the LUM Camp curriculum — and this year is no exception. LUM is excited to announce the talent for this year’s LUM Camp which includes Michael Kelsey, circAfrique and a special reunion performance from the Sisters of Thunder.

Sisters of Thunder band has not performed in many years — and have chosen LUM Camp for their michaelkelseyreunion. Featuring CJ Brown, Regina Todd Hicks and Dennis Leas — Sisters of Thunder are a powerhouse Lafayette trio performing original roots music with mixes of folk and gospel infused with “thunder.” Their message of peace, world harmony and respect is a perfect complement to this year’s LUM Camp theme — “Around the World & Back Again!”

If you wish to join us for either musical event, here are the details:

  • Michael Kelsey with opening performance by circAfrique —Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Sisters of Thunder —Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. (Board Night: LUM board members will be in attendance)

circAfriqueBoth musical workshop will be in the Leadership Development Center at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp (6988 South State Road 263, West Lebanon, Indiana). There will be a “free will” offering at both performances.

RSVP by emailing lum@lumserve.org or calling 765.423.2691.



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Be a Camp Counselor—Mentor—Role Model


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend their whole day with one group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. Throughout the day LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors monitor and participate in the group’s activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers’ week the most memorable yet. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors must be fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people.

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The family environment of LUM Camp will give you many rewards beyond camp food, bonfires and camp songs. The benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp (from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 28 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1).

Don’t miss out on this unique volunteer opportunity. Applications for volunteer camp counselors for the overnight camp are now being accepted. Go to:http://www.lumserve.org/camp.html
Print the application and mail it in, or email it to lum@lumserve.org

For more information, call Joe Micon at 765.423.2691 or click HERE. Please share with others.



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HOT NEED — Food Pantry Volunteer Needed


Immediate Opening — Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteer

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Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteer


2013-04-25 RexFuller 015 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

Interested persons should email or call Ron Smith (rsmith@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).



Volunteering with LUM


2012-10-04 LUM Parent 036 (3)LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.



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LUM Camp 2013 – Exceeds Expectations


LUM Camp — Recap


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LUM Camp 2013 was this week with the theme — The Excitement of Engineering!  LUM Camp introduced our campers to various engineering disciplines using Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning as an inspiration.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  LUM campers come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp focused on a different field of engineering.  The children saw Rube Goldberg contraptions, watched fun chemistry experiments, exercised their problem solving skills, blasted off on an imaginary adventure to outer space, worked in teams to build Lego cars, and even rode on the Boilermaker Special.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue were on hand to teach and inspire our children.

To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.



LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend the entire week at camp working with a group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors are fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people. They help create a family environment that makes LUM Camp so special. They often reflect that the benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences. They also enjoy the camp songs, bonfire, camp food, and chapel. LUM simply could not offer LUM Camp without our talented and dedicated Volunteer Camp Counselors.

LUM Camp Counselors arrive one day early for training. To see more photos of their day of training, click HERE.



Ray Ewry — Inspiration for LUM Camp 2013


This year the LUM campers were reintroduced to Ray Ewry — hometown hero, Olympian, and renowned engineer.  Born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned how to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals in jumping events between 1900 and 1910.

What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer. He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey. But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.



Final Thoughts on LUM Camp


It’s a safe bet that most of our LUM Campers will not go on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals – but each will overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world. It’s a safer bet that most of the children arrived at LUM Camp this year thinking an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but now each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer. It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will continue to encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways. Most of our campers never dreamed about a Purdue education – but now they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. Each of the 80 children have had an opportunity this week to grow and will benefit immeasurably because they were given a chance to attend LUM Camp.

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Be a Camp Counselor—Mentor—Role Model


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend their whole day with one group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. Throughout the day LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors monitor and participate in the group’s activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers’ week the most memorable yet. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors must be fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people.

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The family environment of LUM Camp will give you many rewards beyond camp food, bonfires and camp songs. The benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp (from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 2).

Don’t miss out on this unique volunteer opportunity. Applications for volunteer camp counselors for the overnight camp are now being accepted. Go to:http://www.lumserve.org/camp.html
Print the application and mail it in, or email it to lum@lumserve.org

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Central Catholic Seniors Serve LUM


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This past Saturday, dozens of seniors from Lafayette Central Catholic Junior Senior High School worked all morning doing a variety of jobs at LUM. Each year the Central Catholic senior class members raise money for and take an annual Senior Trip – this year to St. Louis, Missouri – and participate in a Senior Service Project as a part of their trip.

2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 076 (2)For their Senior Service Project the seniors chose to do their service with LUM. Students worked with the LUM staff to do everything from wash the LUM buses to wash windows in the Emergency Shelter. The students also cut the lawn, trimmed bushes, weeded and raked flower beds, edged the sidewalks, and swept. Inside the students cleaned furniture and offices, dusted, vacuumed, washed doors and baseboards, and stuffed envelopes for a LUM mailing. Mrs. Michelle Hruskovich and Principal Joe Brettnacher from Central Catholic also attended service day and worked alongside the students.

Principal Brettnacher shared with pride that “the Class of 2013 seniors enjoy giving2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 044 (2) back to the community and were delighted to help out LUM – an organization that gives so much to the needy in our community.”

Mrs. Hruskovich – who is the sponsor for the Class of 2013 and has had the unique opportunity to work with these students for years and watch them grow – stated, “This is a magnificent group of young women and men who I am confident will make significant contributions to society.”

After their service day at LUM, the seniors had just one hour to get cleaned up and 2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 102 (2)reassembled at the school. They departed from the high school at noon for St. Louis; and first thing on their Senior Trip agenda — attend Saturday evening Mass once they arrived in St. Louis.

Special thanks to the hard working seniors from Central Catholic Junior Senior High School for including LUM in their Senior Trip and Senior Service Project. LUM hopes the CC seniors had a fabulous trip to St. Louis — and wishes them great success in the future.


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