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LUM Offers a Summer of Enrichment & Joy


LUM Summer Youth Programs Sharpen Skills

During the summer months, LUM youth programming focuses on providing enrichment and joy for local children. Research warns that children suffer from the Summer Slide — the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. That’s why Lafayette Urban Ministry is so passionate about the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp. LUM consciously creates learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep LUM students’ academic skills sharp.


5th Quarter Summer Learning Program – Recap

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers children the chance to keep pace academically with their peers. It has been offered each weekday during the summer.

Sixty-four students were enrolled and, in addition to being served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack, they have been engaged each day in a mix of learning, reading, excursions, and recreation. This included trips to the park, local pool and library as well as guest presenters who ignited their excitement in science, fitness, and reading. Special excursions included a visit to Prophetstown State Park, Wolf Park and Imagination Station.


LUM “Culinary” Camp – Recap

LUM Camp is the best week of the summer for 76 local children (8-9-10 year olds), and this year was special. Campers experienced campfires, skits, horseback riding, s’mores, swimming, wall climbing, ziplining, pizza pudgy pies, giant swing, creek exploring, kickball, and fishing (catch & release) — often for the first time. 

This year’s theme was LUM Culinary Camp. Special theme-related events included movie night feature Ratatouille, cooking demonstrations led by Purdue Extension, and a chance to be Pastry Chefs in the LUM Sweet Shoppe and create their own gourmet desserts. LUM friends were invited to camp one evening. They attended the camp meeting, sang camp songs, joined the campers for an indoor cook-out, and enjoyed informal interactions with the LUM Campers. It was a wonderful evening, and LUM is grateful for their support.


Your donations made it possible to continue these two important youth programs.

It was well worth it!

LUM students and campers made new friends and made great memories, while having a blast, learning new things and discovering themselves. Truly life-changing.

Supporting the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp gives children a chance for academic success and a better future. If you wish to make a donation, click the button below.

Shelter Meals Needed


Be A Part of LUM Summer of Service

Each night of the year, a simple meal is provided at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for families, church groups, campus organizations and civic groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. No contact drop off is an option as well. Monthly meals are greatly appreciated.

MEALS NEEDED on the following days: August 6, 15, 17, 18, 22 & 30.  To SIGN UP, click each month you’d like to prepare & serve meals to our shelter guests: | August | September | October | November | DecemberJanuary | February March April May June |
July |.

Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 30-40 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. Please SHARE with others, and THANKS.



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LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 2 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – 80+ Children Enrolled

In two days, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year.

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?

LUM Summer of Service – LUM Camp 2022


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

The ultimate LUM “Summer of Service” opportunity is being a LUM Camp Counselor. A few more counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

Please share with others

If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).


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LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 12 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – LUM Camp 2022 Theme

In two weeks, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. This year, the theme of LUM Camp 2022 is “LUM Culinary Camp.

Marlena Edmondson, LUM Camp director, has developed a fun and engaging curriculum using “food” to teach science, math, nutrition, and art. LUM Camp will also include nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning campfires, wall climbing, zip-lining, the giant swing, snacks, delicious meals, and diverse and caring counselors.

It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year. Donations to LUM Camp (Youth Programs) are still welcome. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. 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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Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed


Daytime Volunteer Opportunity – Biweekly


If you’re interested in a recurring, daytime service opportunity, consider becoming a Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist is needed each weekday from noon to 4:30 p.m. — and some weekday mornings.

Normally, Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists work every two weeks on the same day of the week. They greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).


Sign Up Today

If you are interested, please email or call Terri Anderson, LUM office manager/volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you need more information, click HERE.


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LUM Camp Needs YOU! Counselors Needed!


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

Please share with others

If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).



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LUM Camp Needs YOU! Counselors Needed!


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

Please share with others

If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).



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Join Marlena’s LUM Camp Leadership Team


Sign Up to Be a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor

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 counselor! Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29

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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Central Presbyterian Serves Shelter Meal


Church Members Offer Healthy Meal & Fellowship

Pictured L to R are Harriet Smith, Chip & Carolyn Goldsberry, and Nancy Nargi.

Recently, members of the Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette, IN) prepared and served a meal to the guests of the LUM Emergency Shelter — and offered fellowship as well. Thanks to Central Presbyterian Church for their commitment to our community and continued support of LUM.

If you or your group would like to prepare and serve LUM Emergency Shelter Meals, here’s what to do:

For more information or to sign up, click HERE or the button below — or email or call us (shelter@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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