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With Gratitude to the LUM Volunteers

A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), across the country organizations like LUM recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.

By now, you probably know that the Lafayette Urban Ministry provides more volunteer opportunities than almost any other organization in our community. Throughout the course of the year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer in one or another of the LUM programs. Whether it is preparing a meal for the homeless, stocking shelves at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, serving as a LUM Camp Counselor, helping to govern LUM on the board of directors, teaching children in the LUM After School Program, working the food line at the LUM Community Thanksgiving Meal, hosting a family at Jubilee Christmas, or one of the many other front line or professional volunteer jobs at LUM, volunteers are the heart and soul of all the good that is accomplished here.

Volunteering may not be a uniquely American activity, but it is certainly a major part of our national culture and identity. Writing about his travels through the United States in the 1830s, the French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville frequently commented on Americans’ tendency to form voluntary associations. He was impressed by our desire to come together with friends and neighbors to accomplish community goals. This was, he felt, an important foundation for the democratic society that he studied. Volunteering helps you to learn new skills and develop the ones you already have. It helps you to be part of your community, meet new people and make new friends. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteers actually have lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer and are less likely to develop chronic pain and heart disease!

So on behalf of the entire staff at LUM please accept my deepest thanks for all you do for the children and families we serve. It is our great joy and privilege to work side by side with you each day. How grateful we are at LUM for you, and for all the others, who have joined us on our journey to make our community a better place for everyone.

To explore ways to VOLUNTEER with LUM, click HERE.

GSP Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

The volunteers in the LUM Good Samaritan Program met for lunch last week. The gathering allowed Clarinda Crawford, LUM program director, to thank them for their excellent work.

It also was a time for the volunteers to say thank you and good luck to Clarinda on her next adventure. Thank you to the LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers for their hard work, dedication and service to the community through LUM. {Pictured L to R: Sue Hermodson, Clarinda Crawford, Judy Hauser, Shirley Robertson, Jean Tyner, Andrea Schmidt, Sara Harlan, Carol Starr & Cris King.}

If you wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Program or become a volunteer go to www.lumserve.org/good-samaritan-program.

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Good Samaritan Fund

Meet Margaret—Immigration Clinic Volunteer

Dr. Margaret Hass grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and European Studies from Amherst College in Massachusetts, a Master’s in International Literature in Germany, and a PhD in Cultural Studies in Italy and India. Margaret speaks seven languages (Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Spanish, French & Yiddish) and currently teaches writing at Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette and English at the International Center, West Lafayette. Her partner, Vinayak, is an assistant professor in statistics at Purdue University.

Margaret’s interest in immigration issues started as a student at Jefferson High School. Many of the families of her friends struggled with citizenship issues and lived with anxiety day to day. Later Margaret was able to observe through the work of her sister Charlotte, an immigration lawyer, how “difficult and depressing” the process to earn citizenship is, particularly for undocumented Mexicans living in the US.

In early 2016, Margaret found the LUM Immigration Clinic through the LUM website and immediately set up a meeting with the director, Susan Brouillette. Since that initial meeting, Margaret has been a teacher for the LUM Citizenship Classes for three terms and was involved in the inaugural DACA Workshop. Margaret shared that

“LUM is a perfect fit for me. I’m able to help people with their issues related to their status, assist in the process to gain citizenship, and most importantly help reduce the day to day anxiety felt by their entire family.”

Margaret has since completed the COIL training with CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.). COIL (Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law) is an intensive six-week course which provides immigration law advocates and new practitioners with an overview of core immigration law concepts as well as allowing them to practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Susan Brouillette shared that

“volunteers like Margaret make it possible to do many of the vital programs at the LUM Immigration Clinic. Margaret, in particular, has been such an important part of our team. Her passion and experience are a blessing to the families we serve.”

If you wish to become a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, go to our website (www.lumserve.org/volunteer) or email Susan Brouillette at sbrouillette@lumserve.org.

If you would like to make a donation to the LUM Immigration, click below.

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Immigration Clinic

Food Pantry Volunteers Celebrated


The volunteers of the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry were celebrated at a luncheon at St. John’s Episcopal Church Wednesday to honor their efforts in feeding our community’s hungry children and families.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Rev. Bradley Pace, St. John’s Episcopal Church rector, attended the event; and remarks were offered by Steve Starks, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry director. In 2015, these wonderful food pantry volunteers served 2,879 Tippecanoe County households who were in need of emergency food. Join us in thanking our Food Pantry Volunteers for their service to our community.

To view more PHOTOS from the volunteer luncheon, click HERE.

If you (or your group) are interested in becoming a food pantry volunteer, click HERE for more information.

If you wish to make a donation to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, click HERE.

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Food Pantry – St. John’s/LUM