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3 Ways YOU Can Help the LUM Students


The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 60 children from elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon, enabling their parents to finish their workday. 

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM After School Program TODAY are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate NEEDED ITEMS, click HERE

The LUM After School Program needs VOLUNTEERS from 2 to 6 p.m., every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children.

Please consider signing up NOW to volunteer for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children. To begin the “Easy 4-Step Process” to becoming an After School Program Volunteer, click HERE.


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Hot Need – Shelter Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


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:

  • April 11, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29

To SIGN UP, click the month you’d like to prepare & serve a meal: March | April | May |

Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 25 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. To sign up & for more information, click the button below.


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Hot Need – Shelter Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. There is an URGENT need for meals in February. Dates available include:

  • Monday, March 15
  • Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Thursday, March 18
  • March 21-25
  • March 27, 28 & 31

Sign up HERE. Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 25 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. To sign up & for more information, click the button below.


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Meet Shirley – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Shirley Robertson – LUM Good Samaritan Program Volunteer

Shirley Robertson grew up on a farm in Kentland, Indiana. Growing up in Newton County along the creek, her life was her family and their cattle, sheep & chickens. Her family instilled in her this motto: “Save, Give & Spend.” And this is how she aspires to live even today.

After earning a bachelor’s in Music Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and a Master’s in Music from Butler University, Shirley became the music teacher and marching band director for the Benton Central School Corporation and stayed for more than 19 years. Just as she was thinking about a change, a position opened up at Sunnyside Elementary School and Shirley became their music educator for the final 12 years of her career.

Being true to her family’s motto, Shirley “gives” to her community. At LUM, she has been a volunteer in the Good Samaritan Program since 2009, when she was recruited by then director, Mary Anderson. She stated that,

“What I enjoy about LUM is that we ask, ‘What can we do TODAY to help this individual or family?’ LUM is caring, action oriented, positive, uplifting and nonjudgmental.”

Shirley identifies with the Servant Leader model and shared that,

“My day is so much better when I help someone else, especially my neighbors in need.”

This is evident in the story below about a recent time she assisted a client at LUM.

Shirley is one of our favorite volunteers for the joy she brings to LUM each morning she volunteers. At LUM, Shirley is also involved with the LUM Jubilee Christmas program through her church, Elston Presbyterian Church, and with Hunger Hike. In her free time, Shirley still enjoys playing the piano, walking and playing golf. She lives with her cat, Noodle (named for the golf ball brand), in east Lafayette.

LUM appreciates Shirley for allowing us to tell her story — which was not easy. Shirley avoids the limelight because she is serving in honor of her family’s motto. She agreed because she also hopes that sharing her experiences will encourage others to invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry and/or commit to getting engaged as a volunteer. LUM is truly blessed to have Shirley as a part of our team.


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Hot Need – Shelter Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. There is an URGENT need for meals in February. Dates available include:

  • Saturday, February 6
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • February 14 & 15
  • February 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
  • February 26 & 27

Sign up HERE. Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 25 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. To sign up & for more information, click the button below.


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Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed


Daytime Volunteer Opportunity | M-F | Noon to 4:30 p.m.


If you’re interested in 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 greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

During COVID-19, the duties include answering the phones and assisting staff in general duties. LUM maintains strict COVID-19 protocols for a safe environment which requires face masks, hand washing, social distancing, plastic barriers, and no client contact.


Sign Up Today

If you are interested, please email or call Monica Casanova, LUM office manager (mcasanova@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you need more information, click HERE.


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TAX Assistance – Volunteers Needed


This year due to strict COVID-19 protocols, the LUM Tax Assistance Program needs more volunteers than usual.

LUM has developed a “no contact” plan to get taxes done, and volunteers are needed. Many of our clients will be getting their tax information to us online. However, there will be plenty of clients who lack either the technology or the confidence to do that. LUM is offering “no contact” sessions every weekend from February through April where clients can drop off their materials and get them scanned. All interactions with clients will happen through a glass door using a drop slot to collect materials.

 The LUM Tax Assistance Program needs volunteers to help:

  • Verify client IDs and collect their documents
  • Scan their documents and get them uploaded to a secure site

 Tax time can be scary, and without the normal in-person tax clinics that our clients are so used to, this year is likely to be scarier than most. YOU can make things a little easier, and provide a valuable service to the struggling families who rely on LUM to get their taxes done. If you would like to find out more, please email the Tax Assistance program manager, Josh Prokopy, at jprokopy@lumserve.org.


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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HOMELESSNESS Services – Volunteers Needed


The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. (Shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old.)
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelterare as follows:


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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FOOD Assistance – Volunteers Needed


The LUM Protein Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups; and needs volunteers each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FOUR ways YOU can help the LUM Protein Food Pantry are as follows:


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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YOUTH Programs – Volunteers Needed


The LUM After School Program needs volunteers from 2 to 6 p.m., every weekday.

Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Please consider signing up NOW to volunteer for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children.

For more information, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).


DINE to DONATE | Tuesday, January 19

Another tasty way to support the LUM After School Program is to participate in the Dine to Donate event ALL DAY on Tuesday, January 19 at Mad Mushroom in Lafayette. For more information, click HERE.


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.