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Meet Bonnie – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Bonnie Gillman Shares Her Time & Talent with LUM

Bonnie Gillman grew up in Amo, Indiana, located in Hendricks County. She is a retired nonprofit administrator who is enjoying retirement with her husband of 33 years, Keith. They were both active with the Presbyterian church: she as a deacon and both as ministers with the Stephen Ministry. Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree later in her career from DePaul University (Chicago) and Professional Project Planning certification from the University of Chicago. Bonnie & Keith’s work took them from Hendricks County to Indianapolis to Chicago. After a career working with mental health & addiction focused nonprofits, Bonnie retired in 2017 from the Gateway Foundation, a national nonprofit that treats drug & alcohol addiction at 16 rehab centers, as their information services director reporting to the vice president.

Bonnie has four adult children (two daughters & two sons) who live in Chicago, Indianapolis, Florida & Lafayette. She and her husband decided to relocate to Lafayette when Keith retired in 2019 to be close to their six grandchildren (three girls & three boys). As soon as she was settled, Bonnie searched for a meaningful service opportunity and found Lafayette Urban Ministry. She stated that,

“LUM offered me a chance to serve while learning more about my new community. I soon learned that LUM does amazing things to help local families in need.”

Through her faith and family, Bonnie has learned that,

“everyone finds themselves in need from time to time and often finds it difficult to ask for help.”

What she enjoys about LUM is that,

“the staff are dedicated to helping with love and without judgement.”

As a volunteer afternoon receptionist, Bonnie knows that she is contributing to making the community better. She not only connects individuals with the appropriate LUM service, but also witnesses individuals who give both time and money to support those programs. She was recently moved by the kindness and generosity of a local landlord. LUM gave financial assistance to this landlord’s tenant to pay rent. When the landlord found out, he returned the money to LUM, forgave the tenant’s debt, and told Bonnie that he didn’t need the money that badly. It is stories like these that keep Bonnie motivated to stay engaged at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Bonnie wants to encourage anyone who is looking for a meaningful volunteer service opportunity to check out LUM. She shared that,

“LUM is a very good place to volunteer. The people are nice and inspire me with their passion. They give you a chance to play a small part in something much bigger.”

Bonnie and Keith consider themselves “foodies” and enjoy traveling to different cities to learn about the culture and find great places to enjoy the food. Their goal is to eventually visit each of the 50 US states and five (permanent, nonmilitary) territories. Their favorite pastime though is spending time with their grandchildren and hosting family celebrations.

LUM is grateful for each and every volunteer, but is especially thankful that Bonnie chose LUM. Her experience, talent and delightful personality have added so much to the quality of the service LUM offers to children, families, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Please join us in thanking her for her many hours of service to our community through LUM. If you wish to be like Bonnie and volunteer with LUM, please go to LUMserve.org/volunteer, email volunteer@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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A Recap of LUM Camp 2021 – Life Changing


Thanks for Making LUM Camp Possible

LUM Camp is the best week of the summer, and this year was the best LUM Camp ever. Strict health & safety protocols were still in place, but the capacity was doubled and the campers enjoyed ALL of the activities. LUM transported 58 boys & girls to Hanging Rock Camp for a life-changing experience.

The theme, Brain Builders, was excitedly embraced by the campers. They had fun discussing and writing in their journals about the “9 types of intelligences” in the brain. The highlight was seeing the joy & excitement in the faces of our campers as they rode on horses, zipped down the zipline, searched for bugs in the creek, dove into the pool, and cruised around the pond in a canoe — many for the first time in their lives.

One evening, LUM Board members and donors were invited to camp to engage with the campers. They attended the camp meeting, sang camp songs, and joined the campers for an outdoor cook-out followed by a campfire which included s’mores. It was a wonderful night. The final day included the Movie Night event featuring Inside Out — the Pixar movie about the brain. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Your donations made it possible to continue this LUM tradition that started in the 1960s. And once again, it was well worth it! LUM Campers made new friends and made great memories, while having a blast and learning new things about the brain and themselves. Truly life-changing. If you wish to make a investment in LUM Camp, go to LUMserve.org/donate.


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LUM Camp Counselors Needed

LUM Camp also has a few more spots open for volunteer LUM Camp counselors. If you are interested in being a LUM Camp counselor next week, please email LUM Camp director, Marlena Edmondson, TODAY at medmondson@LUMserve.org.


Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.

LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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The Best Week of the Summer – LUM Camp


LUM Camp Starts Next Tuesday for 73 Local Kids

LUM Camp kicks off THIS Tuesday for approximately 38 girls & 35 boys from Tippecanoe County. This will be a week filled with fun, friendship and life-changing experiences.

The theme this year is Brain Builders. LUM Campers will be introduced to The 9 Types of Intelligence; and throughout the week, the campers will be reminded of how each activity and workshop helps “build” their “brains” and the way it relates to the “Nine Types of Intelligence.”

It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year. Donations to LUM Youth Programs are still welcome. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?


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LUM Camp Counselors Needed

LUM Camp also has a few more spots open for volunteer LUM Camp counselors. If you are interested in being a LUM Camp counselor next week, please email LUM Camp director, Marlena Edmondson, TODAY at medmondson@LUMserve.org.


Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.

LUM is Thinking About Christmas in July

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

LUM Jubilee Christmas is only 142 days away, and many of local churches are thinking about “Christmas in July.” Please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2021 on Saturday, December 11.

Four Ways YOU & your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event
  • PARTNER with Host Site and enable them to sponsor more families
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Register Families (10/18-19)
  • Staff the Donation Center (M-F: 11/29-12/7)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/11) – Host Families
  • DONATE – invest in Jubilee Christmas in two ways:
  • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year, 30 churches at 27 events and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided for 526 local households, impacting 1,499 local children. Jubilee Christmas gave these parents a chance to be the heroes on Christmas morning as they gave their children gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food from Santa Claus.

If you need more information or have questions, please go to LUMserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!

LUM Camp Needs YOU! Join the Team


LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience

During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Individuals 16 to 18 years old may apply to be a “Junior” counselor.

Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared, “What LUM Camp means me.

  • As a former LUM Camp camper, I was excited to volunteer and provide a happy experience as a counselor. It was the highlight of my summer. ~Ash
  • LUM Camp means a week of being outdoors, doing things I never do in my normal life. I meet new people and get lots of exercise. ~Tricia
  • So refreshing to be around young energy! They gave me quite a lift! ~Linda
  • This being my ninth year as counselor, LUM Camp is a blessing to me, seeing the kids go from shy and wanting to go home to not wanting to leave. LUM Camp has enabled me to be recognized around town by my campers and puts a smile on the kid’s faces. ~Savannah
  • Over the past four LUM Camps, I’ve observed more than 100 campers grow in self-confidence, knowledge and respect for others, as they experience a week filled with fun, food and faith. ~Gayle
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor means I get to help kids learn the fun of being a kid and be one myself again. ~April
  • Being a LUM Camp counselor has rewarded me the satisfaction of seeing the excitement, energy, confidence and joy when a child scales the climbing wall, splashes in the pool, navigates a canoe, zips through the trees. What a fun and exhausting week! ~Mary Ann (pictured)

This could be YOU! Be a LUM Camp counselor this year. It will be the best week of your summer.


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LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience

LUM Camp will be the best week of your summer. Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. A few LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared the following:


Being a LUM Camp Counselor was a highlight of my summer.

I was so excited to finally become a counselor after being a camper myself — that’s how memorable LUM Camp was for me as a kid! It only made sense to return that experience to today’s LUM Campers.

Aly

Nicole

As a LUM Camp Counselor of seven years, not only have I been able to experience the joys of camp alongside children in need, but I also have found a career in social work.

LUM Camp is truly an amazing opportunity for youth to see their own worth and have the fun they deserve.


All year I look forward to being a LUM camp counselor.

God has blessed me with this opportunity to be a happy moment in the lives of these children. My heart swells when a former camper becomes a counselor — it proves the power of positive experiences.

Nancy

During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children — and receive as much as you give. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.

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Join Marlena’s Leadership Team This Summer


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Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?


During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselorCounselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30

Marlena Edmondson, the LUM Camp director (pictured) wants YOU to join the leadership team as a volunteer camp counselor. LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.


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